8th July 1999

 

LANGUAGE NO BARRIER FOR GRADUATES

 

Studying a language to degree level can really take you places, as two students have discovered at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.

 

European Tourism graduate Jaimee Cross, from Winterton, near Scunthorpe, is off to Argentina in September after winning a year-long placement as an English assistant at a college in La Plata, one hour south of Buenos Aires.

 

The 22-year-old’s name was put forward by languages lecturer Andy Daglish from the Lincoln campus.

 

“Jaimee is practically fluent in Spanish and we thought she would really make the most of the placement,” said Andy. “Competition was extremely tight but she got it,” he added.

 

Jaimee is absolutely thrilled. “I spent six months at the University of Alicante in Spain, and it was then I got the bug for travel and decided I’d like to work abroad,” she said.

 

The trip will be the deciding factor in her future career either as a teacher of English or working in tourism.

 

Jaimee will graduate today, 8th July, at Lincoln Cathedral, alongside fellow student Sarah Smith, from Measham in Derbyshire.

 

Sarah, 21, is following the more traditional route of the tourism student with a job in Spain with Thomson.

 

Starting the degree course with A-levels but only a GCSE in Spanish Sarah did very well to keep up with the other students and her hard work has now paid off. 

 

“Sarah is a great example of how you can get work abroad having started with just a bit of language under your belt,” added Mr Daglish.

 

Ends

 

Sam Hendley

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