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ecostar2005
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Hello! I am a college senior completing my digital forensics degree. I would like to know if speaking 4 different languages (Russian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, English) would have a positive impact on my job search journey? If so how? Thank you in advance!

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Posted : 30/07/2018 10:24 pm
Rich2005
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Hello! I am a college senior completing my digital forensics degree. I would like to know if speaking 4 different languages (Russian, Turkish, Azerbaijani, English) would have a positive impact on my job search journey? If so how? Thank you in advance!

Knowing/speaking more languages will never hurt you in getting a job anywhere in any field wink

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Posted : 01/08/2018 4:16 pm
Rich2005
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I just wish I knew more than my mediocre French, basic German, and fluent gibberish.

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Posted : 01/08/2018 4:17 pm
ecostar2005
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Thank you in advance. Generally, I will agree with you. I would like to know what kind of positive effects it would have on my specific field; digital forensics. Thanks for the reply

I just wish I knew more than my mediocre French, basic German, and fluent gibberish.

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Posted : 01/08/2018 4:19 pm
jaclaz
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Thank you in advance. Generally, I will agree with you. I would like to know what kind of positive effects it would have on my specific field; digital forensics.

I guess it depends a lot on the specific level of interraciality/internationality of the local community.

I mean, talking of LE (I am assuming you are talking about the USA), in a place like (say) New York (namely Brighton Beach) with a large number of people that are originally from Russia or however speak Russian everyday there is surely the need for digital investigators that know the foreign language, while in (still say) McAllen–Edinburg–Mission metropolitan area, a digital investigator fluent in Spanish might be more desirable than one familiar with Turkish or Azerbaijani wink .

I presume (no idea if it is actually true) that the Feds have digital investigators specialized in this or that foreign language, but no idea if they are selected because of this added knowledge from the start or if it is a "casual" added value.

jaclaz

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Posted : 01/08/2018 7:00 pm
MDCR
 MDCR
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Thank you in advance. Generally, I will agree with you. I would like to know what kind of positive effects it would have on my specific field; digital forensics. Thanks for the reply

By knowing certain languages or having special skills, you can be picked first for interviews or be given expedited treatment through the recruitment process.

Russian and other less common or even obscure languages are always interesting to 3 letter agencies… as long as are a citizen, can hold a security clearance and later on is ok with having a part in your CV that you cannot go into detail about to future employers.

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Posted : 02/08/2018 12:12 am
gpwinkler
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Couldn't hurt, for sure. But speaking multiple languages only is probably less desirable than reading/writing (and speaking). Aside from the occasional video recording you might come across a lot/most of investigation work will involve reading the languages (emails, documents, etc, etc).

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Posted : 10/08/2018 5:20 pm
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