My native language is Bulgarian, I have a C2 according to the CEFR in English and will attain a C1 in German later this year. I finished school last year and I have decided I want to become a CI. First of all is it at all possible considering my language situation? Can I by any chance have English as my A language? - I began to learn it ever since I started learning my own mother tongue, I believe I am as close to near-native as I can be. If not, do I have a future in the CI business with Bulgarian as my language A, English B and perhaps German and Russian or French (which I also plan to study) as C? What kind of job opportunities am I looking at? Can I even dream of a career in the UN or other EU related organisations?
asked 09 Feb, 09:34
double As are a very rare breed. I've spent 14 years in Germany, was in the German school system from early age, later studied law there, yet my German isn't an A.
The good news is that with BG A, for now, if you manage to pass the EU test, EN and DE as mere C languages would allow you a career start. EN B would be the cherry on top. On the second page, you'll see the requirements: http://europa.eu/interpretation/doc/lang_profiles_in_demand.pdf
Political sciences and International relations sound like a good start! German universities will also offer a few 'EU studies' programs, which might be worth considering as well.
Don't rush. If you manage to get not just a BA but also an MA in any of those subjects, it'll improve your chances. Starting the MA in conference interpreting at age 22-23 is very challenging. Two more years of previous studies will allow you to grow, expand your knowledge of the world, strengthen your languages, gain in self-confidence,... in short, prepare you better for the challenge ahead. Plus, student years are supposed to be the fun time of your life, so embrace the excuse to make them last!
Best of luck!
answered 10 Feb, 05:23
Yes! (With some patience, passion, hard work and following Gaspar's advice above)
answered 15 Feb, 03:42