Donside pupils urged to ‘think German for jobs’

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Pupils at a Donside school have been encouraged to look to the continent for a possible future career.

The group of 17 seniors from Alford Academy made their way to Glasgow for the recent ‘Think German for Jobs Careers Fair’ at Bishopbriggs Academy.

Organised by cultural body the Goethe Institut, the fair highlighted the links between the UK and Germany and hammered home the importance of learning the German language to the pupils.

Throughout the day the students were able to listen to speakers ranging from Scottish tourism companies, local universities, overseas language course providers and a variety of businesses.

A spokesperson for The Saltire Foundation said: “...being able to speak to someone in their mother tongue really makes a difference.”

Germany is an economic giant in Europe with the largest economy on the continent and the lowest unemployment figures.

Speaking after the event S6 pupil Nina Gomeche said: “I have long thought about doing a Joint Honours in German and doing work experience in the country, and today has really affirmed that this is what I want to do.”

S4 pupil Ellen Davidson (S4) said: “...there’s a lot of things I didn’t know you can use a language for”