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meron akong dalawang kaklase sa instituto,yung isa QA sya sa west contact service, sabi nya sakin ang offer daw ngayn sa spanish support e 40k, *** isa naman, agent sya sa kgb/infonxx, plus 25 to 30k naman ang offer sa kanila sa spanish support
wala pa kasing openings sa spanish accts sa sitel.badtrip nga eh.halos lahat puro american, nakakasawa na.
masterjedi, i know armis.she was our professor at level 1.she's really great.
hola que tal chicos!! mi llamo Jeronimo, hace dos años, he matriculado en Instituto Cervantes, a hora, estoy pensando lo que si envio un solicitud de trabajo en varias centro de commercial de llamadas. en mi experiencia, he apprendido mucho Espanol pero la problema es como se uliza las palabras y practicar con alguien la idioma. Bueno, espero que este thread va a crecer y espero a oir de ustedes pronto.
Hi there! I am a bilingual agent myself and I could say that the compensation is really huge. Right now I am earning around 40k being a bilingual agent in a call center in the Fort area.
There are a lot of call centers looking for bilingual particularly Spanish-speaking agents like Convergys, Sitel, APAC and others.. Even FactSet which is a data collection company is looking for someone who can read and write perfectly in Spanish.
Generally, the minimum language allowance that you can get is around 15k. But adding that up to your basic pay, you may receive a minimum of around 30k.
I had problems starting out as bilingual agent because I was not used to the accent. It is very different from what you study in class. Take note that the Spanish we study in IC is Castillian Spanish and not Latin American Spanish. There are definitely differences in terms of the vocabulary and pronunciation. I could remember one instance when I said "las pilas" to one of my customers and he couldn't understand it. Apparently in Mexico or the like, they say, "las batterias". So take note of that.
Bilingual agents are also getting less calls as compared to English-Speaking ones. I get an average of 5 calls a day. But because of that, our TL has decided to put me to the English queue as well. Not much issue for me. You'll get bored and stupid if you just take 5 calls a day.
To prep you up for this job, I'd suggest you start speaking and writing in Spanish now. You cannot be average in Spanish. You really have to be fluent as customers do not really have the patience to make you understand things. But usually, after taking calls for 3-4 months, you'll start to get used to the accent and speaking Spanish would just become second nature to you.
There is a call center programme in IC for those aspiring bilingual agents. It's definitely worth the investment.
Good luck to all!
Thanks for the advice. Level 12 ako ngayon sa instituto cervantes. Mag-aapply siguro ako sa spanish account kapag level 16 nako. Marami na rin akong classmate na nagtatrabaho sa spanish account. Yung dalawa kong classmate sa Thompson and Reuters sila nagwowork (spanish non-voice). 40k din ang salary nila, tapos day shift pa (6am to 2pm). Wala lang vacant ngayon. Pero marami na talagang company na may spanish account ngayon. Sana i-share din ng iba mga experiences nila =)
¡Ei markpotter! tengo una pregunta chico. La exámen para certificacion de nivel 6. ¿Lo fue difícil?
Actually, kahit level 8 lang ang Spanish mo pwede na din... I reached level 8 before I started working for a bilingual account. Of course, major adjustments plus the kaba 'cause I've never talked to non-English speakers before.
Key is practice.. practice.. practice... Make it a habit to read a Spanish news article everyday. Try to watch TVE at least 30 minutes per day. What I personally did is I downloaded Spanish telenovelas and watched 1 episode a day Really helped me a lot!
¡Hola chicos! Right now I am studying Español in Instituto Cervantes. Tambien cómo los otros aquí, I would also like to be in the Spanish Queue someday. I also include listening practice in my studies. Let me share you these links that I got from a website. It is an audiobook for 3 levels from beginner to intermediate, which could help you respond and communicate with hispanohablantes. Hope that it could help you facilitate learning.
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part01
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part02
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part03
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part04
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part05
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part06
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part07
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part08
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part09
Learning Spanish Like Crazy I - Part10
Hope to hear more tips from you guys on your learning styles.. and about the exams and the screening before you got hired as a Spanish queue agent. ¡Gracias a todos!
Hi nkaka encourage to all people who is stduying Spanish already..YOUR LEVEL 12 wow, for how many months did you get tht level? I have a friend who encouraged me to learn Spanish too, he is studying his M.A @ UP so he is sharing his blessings, he will give us free class twice a week. So I will join that and I'm planning to get my M.A too @ UP to learn more... He also informed about the CERTUTU but i guess it's expensive there..
My friend learned spanish for 5 months and he already worked @ WEST and somewhere in CUBAO and now @ LIBIS as spanish Agent and of course he earned huge amount.. So i want to learn too...
[QUOTE=JobSeeker22;42308384]Actually, kahit level 8 lang ang Spanish mo pwede na din... I reached level 8 before I started working for a bilingual account. Of course, major adjustments plus the kaba 'cause I've never talked to non-English speakers before.
Key is practice.. practice.. practice... Make it a habit to read a Spanish news article everyday. Try to watch TVE at least 30 minutes per day. What I personally did is I downloaded Spanish telenovelas and watched 1 episode a day Really helped me a lot![/QUOTE
magsisimula na rin ako sa spanish account sa 3rd week. medyo kinakabahan dahil 1st time kong magwowork na ang mga customer ay espanol ang sinasalita
Good luck bro! Yep, it's really worth the time and the money. You can get all that you've spent for at Instituto with just a month's worth salary
Keep us posted
I'd have to agree with JobSeeker22, bawi talaga investments mo once you land a job. I had the same experience, I was in the middle of lvl 8 when a job opening in Jobstreet got my attention, they were then looking for spanish process owner. You need to pass the language exam in berlitz, your premium salary will then be based on the results. Ayun, basta the key is to practice constantly. I took my classes for 5-6 straight mos., puro intensive classes ang kinuha ko nun, ***** eh bawing bawi na heheh. Basta patience, determination, and of course learn to love the language that you're tryin to learn, it's much easier to learn if you love what you are studyin. Btw the company is IBM, the thing is that when you start workin in a spanish account, you constantly learn, so anu pa iniintay nyu?
Btw, I do calls, mails, and backoffice work all at the sametime. We use both english and spanish as medium of communication. In a day I receive around 5-10 calls, and do a lot of mails XD.....and my gross salary is around 35k+++, it's not too big but comparing it to other work eh mejo okay na rin..