School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Languages for Business

Languages for Business is a service providing language skills and cultural expertise for businesses located primarily in the Midlands area. Whether it be a company looking to start exporting goods and services or attract business from abroad, the project helps businesses to succeed in a global market place through student placements and projects which allow organisations to understand and overcome the key challenges in cross-cultural communication.

Why get involved?

Undertaking a placement is your opportunity to:

  • Get the real-world experience that employers are looking for
  • Use your language skills and cultural expertise in a professional environment
  • Make a big impact on a small business 

Types of Placement

Our placements are flexible, and so fit in with your studies as well as meeting a business need. They generally follow two formats:

  • work placement within a company to meet a business need over a period of 7-10 weeks and lasting for 40 – 50 hours in total
  • research-based project for four to five-weeks culminating in a presentation of findings to the employer

Previous projects have included

  • translation work, market-research, helping to implement international marketing strategies and language and etiquette training,
  • Clients have included local marketing agencies, publishing companies, tech firms, manufacturers, translation agencies and start-ups

Optional Nottingham Advantage Award module

You have the option to gain accreditation during your placement by choosing to take part in the Languages for Business Nottingham Advantage Award module.

What do our students say? 

I gained a lot of very valuable experience during my placement. I learned a lot about educational publishing and the type of products they produce, as well as the market I was researching. I was able to use my German in a practical, real-world sense and I felt like I was really contributing to the project of entering the German market. It feels like a really worthwhile project be working on

Jess Haslam, BA German Studies, business-led project with Power of 2 Publishing 



I worked with Kudos Education for about 2 months and was responsible for marketing and social media, especially the social media platform building in China. I made marketing plans, translated several documents and built up the Chinese public mailbox, WeChat and Weibo for Kudos. Working with the company helped me to improve my communication skills, examine the marketing skills that I’ve learnt, and gain real experience of working for a British international company

Wenxi Jiang, International Media & Communications, business-led project at Kudos Education 




Student case studies

I worked as a translator and editor at Specialist Advisors Ltd for three weeks in the summer. It has been a really good experience providing me with a practical platform to apply what I had learnt in class. My duties involved translating a marketing brochure from English into Mandarin and Hong Kong Chinese. I was actively looking for an internship as a translator as I really wanted to have some experience before I step out into a real working environment.  Specialist Advisors were really flexible about the working hours and I had the chance to work both in the office and from home. It was a pleasure to work for them! 

Ngai Hin Chan,
MA Chinese/English Translation and Interpreting

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Ngai Hin Chan during her work experience as a Translator at Specialist Advisors in 2017
Roberto Berardi

Contemporary Chinese Studies with International Relations

"At the moment, I’m working at Debbie Bryan, translating copy on the website and for printed media into French and Italian. I think that being a native speaker is a significant advantage when it comes to translating professionally because it is important to translate the concept, not simply the words. I’m also working closely with the company to give wording advice with the view to making that copy more international friendly and appeal to a French and Italian audience.

In my last placement with Languages for Business, I worked with the hardware company LC Tech, where I developed my own effective tools for translation by designing a series of spreadsheets. I am utilising and redeveloping these same tools and spreadsheets for my role at Debbie Bryan so it is really satisfying to use the skills I’ve built up for myself.

This is my seventh placement in my career overall and my second with Languages for Business. I see placements as a way to increase my employability, expand my experience and build my CV.

The benefit of getting a wide range of experiences from multiple placements has enabled me to tailor and specialise my CV for new job applications. At this point, I estimate that when applying for roles I am now being invited to interview approximately 50% of the time, which I see as a great success rate.

In terms of on the job training, at LC Tech I was taught to use Microsoft Outlook professionally, which is an important skill for me to have. At Debbie Bryan, I am being trained to use Adobe design software, which I hope will also be a good addition to my skill set."




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