ERIC Number: ED224305
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Present and Future Employment Opportunities in International Trade: A Study of Employment Needs, Opportunities, and Employer Expectations in International Trade--An Examination of Positions in Businesses with Bilingual Requirements.
Ristau, Robert A.
A survey was conducted of businesses in Michigan and adjoining states to investigate employment opportunities in international trade for bilingual graduates of Eastern Michigan University's Language and International Trade Program. Eleven hypotheses were formulated regarding the need for entry-level bilingual employees, the types of positions available, and employer expectations. Questionnaires were mailed to the personnel officers of 195 firms that do business in foreign countries and completed by 44 Michigan and 16 out-of-state firms. It was found that: (1) two-thirds of the respondents stated a need for bilingual employees; (2) many firms reported a need for more than one foreign language; (3) mastery of technical aspects of the language was viewed as the most important competency; (4) bilingual employees were most often involved in marketing, management traineeship, or clerical positions; (5) employers projected future needs for bilingual employees but had few current openings; and (6) employers favored applicants with solid business administration preparation combined with a foreign language minor. A description of the Language and International Trade Program, a review of the literature on international trade and bilingual employment, the survey questionnaire, and a bibliography are included. (RW)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Business, Business Education, College Second Language Programs, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, International Relations, Languages for Special Purposes, Second Languages, Surveys
Not available separately; see FL 013 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Eastern Michigan University
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Spanish for Bilingual Careers in Business (Ypsilanti, MI, March 18-20, 1982).