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Job Name

Bilingual secretary

Job Description
Bilingual secretaries provide administrative services in English and one or more foreign languages.

Salary Low
£18,000 Starter

Salary high:
£35,000 Experienced

Typical hours:
37 to 39 a week

Typical Hours per Day:
evenings flexibly

How to become a bilingual secretary

You can get into this job through:

University

It could help you if you have a degree in modern languages or languages combined with business studies, although this is not essential.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

College

Completing a recognised qualification in administration or office skills may improve your job prospects. Colleges offer a wide range of full-time and part-time courses. Relevant subjects include:

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for these courses vary.

Apprenticeship


You can get into this job through a business administrator advanced apprenticeship and combine it with your language skills to find work.
Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

Direct Application

You can apply to companies directly if you have some of the relevant skills and knowledge required for this role.

You'll need at least one A level or equivalent in your second language unless it's your native tongue or you became fluent by living abroad.

Employers may also expect you to have GCSEs or relevant office skills and experience.

More Information


Career tips

Most businesses look for bilingual secretaries who can speak a European language like French, German, Spanish or Italian.

Other languages like Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic are also growing in demand. Professional and industry bodies

You could join the Chartered Institute of Linguists for professional recognition, training opportunities and to make industry contacts. Further information

You'll get more advice about working and training in languages through the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:
You may also have general administrative duties, including:

Working environment

You could work in an office.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could be promoted to personal assistant or office manager.

You could move into translating or interpreting, or international business, sales or marketing.





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