How learning a language might boost your future careerPosted: 25th of June 2015 by
How useful is it to learn another language and if you do, do you need to get a formal qualification in it?
Stand out from the crowd with language skills
The benefits to learning another language as far as work-skills go are that it may set you apart from other candidates for a job, especially when the job role you are going for involves working for a company that has clients overseas (which is more and more the case nowadays).
Specifically, if you intend to work as cabin crew, many airlines will pay extra for additional languages that you can speak, so there is a direct cash incentive there.
Expand your global career prospects
Being able to speak another language might improve your chances of working abroad for the company that you are employed by also. If the company has branches throughout Europe for example and a role comes up in perhaps Germany, then being able to speak the language may put you in the running for a new job or promotion.
Get the most out of your gap year abroad
If you are considering a gap year where you travel, then learning at least some of the language native to where you are traveling is a good idea for a variety of reasons – firstly, it will help you get by in another country on a practical level and secondly, you are more likely to make new friends if you can speak at least a little of their language; we British can be a bit arrogant in expecting people in other countries to speak English.
Check out our article on developing your language skills for business.
Do you have to get a formal qualification?
You do not necessarily have to get a formal qualification in another language – often it will be enough to be able to demonstrate your language skills and don’t forget to put it on your CV. If you are fluent in another language or if you are proficient for business use then make sure these are highlighted for your future employer and try to provide an example of where and how your have used these skills.
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