Careers Skills Competition Winner 2023

Careers Skills Competition Winner 2023

The Languages Connect Award for Careers with Foreign Languages

Congratulations to Ana Isabel Cámara Gutiérrez from Our Lady’s College, Greenhills, Drogheda, Co. Louth who has won the Languages Connect Award for Careers with Foreign Languages at this year’s Career Skills competition. Ana is a Transition Year student who investigated a career in Translation. 

The Careers Skills Competition aims to promote the importance of career skills and encourage the value of career research. It gives students the chance to reflect on the skills they develop during their work experience and explain how those skills might help them in their future career. 

In her investigation Ana researched how she could study translation at third level highlighting the many benefits languages could have in her career . In her entry Ana noted, “I love learning languages. They open the door of opportunity to us, we can travel around the world, be more confident and know more about other cultures. Being able to communicate in another language fosters an appreciation for the traditions, religions, arts, and history of the people associated with that language. It can also help you to have an advantage in terms of getting a job or a promotion”

 This is the first year of the Languages Connect Award for Careers with Foreign Languages in the Career Skills competition,  underlining the growing importance of languages as a skill for careers today.

Karen Ruddock, Director of Post Primary Languages Ireland, who presented Ana her award commented, “We are delighted to be involved in the Career Skills competition this year as we look to underline the growing need for foreign language skills in Ireland. Languages are more relevant and indeed necessary than ever in the context of Brexit and the new global world that we live in. Whilst STEM subjects and skills continue to have importance, foreign language skills within not alone STEM but a multitude of sectors can create considerable opportunities for students. Local and international markets now demand skills in another language other than English and learning these skills can prove invaluable for students as they progress through their education and careers.” 

Ana was presented her award at a ceremony held at the Royal College of Physicians and attended by Minister of Education Norma Foley TD.