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Commercial Assistant with foreign languages

With an apprenticeship as a commercial assistant specializing in foreign languages, you can turn your passion for foreign languages into a career and lay the first foundation for your career.

The language of instruction is mainly German except in the foreign language lessons.

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What are the tasks?

As a commercial assistant, you will use your sound foreign language skills to take on tasks in the area of independent clerical and secretarial work or support middle management. In parallel with communication in national and international business contacts, you will act as an interface and be responsible for maintaining relations with foreign business partners or institutions.

Your focus will be on handling national and international correspondence, appointment management, travel management, administrative management, and looking after customers and guests.
Your job combines commercial tasks with translation and correspondence activities. You organize and manage, work on documents and are the first point of contact when it comes to communicating the language. International correspondence and telephone conferences will not be possible without you.

For this reason, in addition to foreign languages, you will naturally also have solid commercial knowledge and office skills.

Training programme

The two-year traineeship at GPB College will give you the knowledge you need for the job in economics, accounting, secretarial studies, word processing, professional communication and foreign languages. In English the focus is on professional communication, translation and interpreting activities. You will learn French and the other language you choose - Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Spanish -  from scratch.

In the second year of your traineeship you will put your theoretical knowledge into practice by doing a three-month internship, during which you will secure and deepen the knowledge you have acquired. The internship can be done here in Germany or abroad. At the end are the state-certified exams in the subjects English, French, Economics and Secretarial Studies.

Does this job suit you?

You should bring these skills with you for training as a commercial assistant for foreign languages:

  • Communication skills and intercultural competence
  • Customer and service orientation
  • Oral and written expression skills
  • Commercial thinking and mathematical skills
  • Organisational talent

Career prospects

After your graduation you will be searched by:

  • Export- or import-oriented trade, production or service companies
  • Tourism or hotel industry
  • International law firms
  • International organizations and lobbies

Next steps

We would like to get to know you. Just register for one of our information events or arrange a personal consultation. Here we will present to you the job description or suitable alternatives and explain the course of the training at GPB College. Furthermore, we will discuss with you the possibilities for the financial support of your education.

You are welcome to send us your application documents in advance, consisting of a short cover letter, a tabular CV and your last report card.

Once all the conditions have been met, you can start with us as soon as possible. Any questions? Here are the answers!

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