Post # 1
I am just so frustrated right now. I just graduated in May (in 3 years no less!) with a Bachelors degree from a good school, and a major in French. I studied for 5 weeks in Québec, and I had the best grades out of anyone in my French class. Now that I am graduated, there are no jobs involving French. The few that do exist are customer service/translating jobs, and they are looking for native-level fluency (which I know is not me). So in the mean time I have a secretary job to pay the bills.
Anyway I jsut went on facebook to find out that one of the French jobs I applied to was taken by someone I know. I know I should just be happy to have a job in this economy, but I just feel so frustrated with everything. French is one of those skills that I feel is use it or lose it, and I have no ways of practicing it. I am sorry if this post if whine-y, I just really needed to vent.
Post # 3
Et bien tu peux pratiquer avec moi si tu veux 🙂
I feel you girl, I’m from Montreal, I speak French fluently and it’s very hard to find a good job that uses French. Thankfully I got lucky, I work as a bilingual csr for a natura health products and I deal with French ppl constantly. Hang in there, you will find something!
Post # 4
Merci. Quelquefois je pense que je devrais devenir une institutrice de français, mais je ne sais pas si je veux dépenser plus argent pour l’université. Mais il y a plus possibilités pour utiliser français en Canada, non? Je viens de Buffalo, donc j’ai pensé que je peux utiliser françias pour le tourisme ou à la douane.
Oh well, c’est la vie I guess.
Post # 5
Cela dépends ou tu cherches du boulot. A Montréal, c’est bon de savoir l’anglais, ici à Toronto, c’est le contraire. Connaitre le français ici c’est un super gros bonus pour l’emploi. J’aimerais retourné à l’école après le mariage pour devenir traductrice.
La douane c’est un bon boulot, et le tourisme encore mieux.
Post # 6
I know its tough now, but knowing second language will always be a skill worth having. Though I agree you have to practice constanting in order to retain it. I don’t really have any advice and I can’t really help you practice but I do hope something will pop up for you soon!
– on a side note, I’m pretty excited that I can kinda understand the french convo between you and couawilou. I’ve only got public school french till I was in grade 10.
Post # 7
That is very frustrating. I work for a local gov’t agency and we can NEVER have enough interpreters! Having a 2nd language is always very valuable. I wish I could tell you ‘hang in there’ in French, but I dont’ know any! I understand your frustration. Looking for jobs out of school is tough.
Post # 8
That is my one beef about living in Ottawa. I’m pretty much doomed to waitress again soon since I don’t know French. (Although I bet they want bilingual waitresses now, too!).
Although I understood the convo above, too, and received 90’s in French all through school, I haven’t applied it in day to day life since grade 10!
I live in an amazing country and love Ontario, but Ottawa is the Nation’s Capital and I’m pretty much screwed with a capital “S”.
@nutMeg13: You are far better off than I am! Hang in there!
Post # 9
@nutMeg13: Are you willing to move? Might there be civil service or other kinds of jobs elsewhere in the country or world where you could apply your language ability?
Post # 10
I wonder if there’s a way to see if there are french clubs around you? I know in my area there are clubs for those learning English or Spanish to meet and work on their skills. Even online, I’m guessing there are message boards to practice, and even meet people you can Skype with to have actual ‘face time’ conversations. I mean, it’s sort of like the updated version of a pen pal, right? 🙂
It’s not as great as using it as often as in school, but it could help you from getting rusty until you find the perfect French job.