Educational Requirement

UME subjects include any Language and two other art subjects. Such a student is also expected to have Five (5) ‘O’ level credit to include English Language.

For Direct entry, what is required is two (2) ‘A’ level passes to include any language, preferably an African Language.

Job Opportunities in language (Linguistics)

Public sector and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) employers are traditionally always looking for and recruiting trained linguists. In government, you can work as a translator; in civil service, in the diplomatic corps, the Peace Corps, in customs or immigration agencies, intelligence communities, the armed forces, or government journalism (Internet, print, and broadcast).

Translators can be employed by the government or by private contractors. Some work as guides or translators for government staff or dignitaries traveling abroad or foreign representatives visiting Nigeria.

Private industry employers need linguists to work as translators in sales, banking, consulting, imports/exports, manufacturing, labor relations, customer service, and engineering disciplines. Translators may be retained to prepare business records, sales briefs, technology user manuals, or legal documents. In health care, they are called on to assist with patients who do not speak English.

The travel and tourism industry also needs linguists for service at hotels, resorts, cruise lines, museums, convention centers, spas, airline operations, and restaurants. Some works as guides or escorts.

For those who want to pursue careers in the media; foreign language training can be beneficial for positions as reporters, publishing representatives, and advertising/public relations professionals. Language students who go into the ministry may find language arts programs essential in preparing them for overseas work. From government to ministry, business to the service industries, armed with language training, you should be well-prepared to take advantage of a myriad of career opportunities.


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