First French Language Job Fair in the U.S.! [fr]
Last Thursday, more than 500 people gathered at Tulane University to participate in the first French Language Job Fair in the United States.
This unique event was a great opportunity for students to meet potential employers, discover companies (Total, Airbus, Marriott…) and network with professionals who were sharing their expertise in how French opens new doors and possibilities!
Roundtables and conferences with panelists from many different horizons were held to show how French can be a game-changer in terms of opportunities and mobility.
Professional workshops in French were offered to students at 3 levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced.
The Consul General of France Vincent Sciama, during his opening address of the conferences exposed some important facts to understand the growing interest that the French as a professional language arouses.
Last year, the volume of trade between France and the United States reached 128 billion dollars and remains in constant increase.
Just for Louisiana, of which France is the second-largest investor, French companies have created ten thousand jobs in 2018.
This forum has therefore highlighted French language as a highly valued and competitive advantage at any stage of a career or study.
Survey findings from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs in 2019 show that French is the most in-demand foreign language for US employers just after Spanish and Chinese.
Also according to that survey, 9 out of 10 U.S. employers rely more on employees with language skills other than English.
This event was organized by the Consulate General of France in Louisiana and Tulane University.