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Does learning languages help your career?

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How many languages do you speak? Did you know that learning a foreign language can help to boost your career? It’s true. When you dedicate the time and effort to learning a second language you’ll be on the fast track to job search success.
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Any language you learn will help your job search, but it’s wise to choose one that relates to your career path, clientele, employer, location, or other factors. When you choose a language that is relevant to your career path, it will help you get ahead faster. Before you start to learn a foreign language, do your research and make a plan.
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How does learning a language help your career? Would you want to learn other languages for career advancement?
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You want to showcase yourself as the most appealing candidate you can be; referencing a second language is a great way to do that. Potential employers realize bilingual employees are at a premium in the marketplace and having these skills can make you an attractive candidate, particularly in the retail and manufacturing industries where knowing Spanish, for example, is invaluable.
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The competition for jobs can be intense, and it’s critical to find ways to differentiate yourself from other applicants. If you are in a pool with 10 other corporate recruiters and your collective skills are similar, knowing a foreign language can be the unique talent that gets you that coveted first interview.
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According to a study from the University of Chicago, people who speak multiple languages are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up.
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The skill enables you to relate to different cultural groups in a more personal manner. Speaking to someone in his or her own language helps break down barriers and allows everyone to feel more comfortable and confident. This type of dialogue and relationship building is crucial in any business setting. When you are interacting with clients, vendors, and colleagues, knowing their language, even if they also speak English, can elevate the professional relationship. This can lead to more sales, better service and stronger interactions with colleagues.
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The skill enables you to relate to different cultural groups in a more personal manner. Speaking to someone in his or her own language helps break down barriers and allows everyone to feel more comfortable and confident. This type of dialogue and relationship building is crucial in any business setting. When you are interacting with clients, vendors, and colleagues, knowing their language, even if they also speak English, can elevate the professional relationship. This can lead to more sales, better service and stronger interactions with colleagues.
It creates a good impression too when you make the effort to learn their language.
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Foreign language fluency will give you the opportunity to showcase yourself as a global employee, which can be filled with exciting, fulfilling and lucrative professional opportunities. If you like to travel, you can boost your chance of getting selected for international travel based on your abilities to speak a foreign language. Also, your skills could put you in line for a promotion.
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Being fluent in two or more languages gives you an edge over monolingual candidates in job interviews. These opportunities exist in all companies and departments which range from marketing to tourism and it is hardly surprising that a lot of corporations require employees who are bilingual or multilingual.
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Employees who learn a foreign language command a higher salary. Knowing a foreign language can add between 10-15% to your salary.
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If you are fluent in more than one language, highlight the talent on your resume and talk about it during your job interviews. If you are considering learning a foreign language to boost your career, evidence suggests it’s a sound investment.
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Being able to speak a foreign language does not limit you in going abroad to do business provided that you know the language of the country you are heading to well. Small companies need multilingual employees who can help them explore new business opportunities in foreign countries.
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The world is becoming global and the demand for professionals who can communicate bilingually or multi-lingually is growing. According to the U.S. Department of Labor estimates, there will be a 42% rise in demand for interpreters and translators over the next decade.
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You don’t really need to be fluent in a language and sometimes simply being proficient is enough as corporations want to hire translators to take care of their foreign communications but they still require experienced managers and representatives to meet and greet their clients in their own language and operate as the face of the company in foreign markets.
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A British Chambers of Commerce study conducted in 2013 discovered that more than 60% of companies are limited by language barriers in foreign trade.
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Having the ability to speak a second or third language transcends spoken dialogue and allows you to relate to different cultural groups in a personal manner. Speaking to anyone in their own language breaks down barriers and allows them to feel more comfortable and confident.
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