Skill Up by Learning Languages
by Teva Serna
Whether you are looking for a job or just considering a career move, then making your CV stand out amongst the crowd is a priority in this wildly competitive market. Whilst your work experience and your core skills are important, additional skills – such as speaking another language – can make the difference between you and other candidates, between securing that interview or being put on the reject pile.
“A poll of 500 employers found that languages came second only to IT in a list of desirable skills for job candidates. One in four (43%) recruiters say speaking a second language gives a candidate the x-factor when applying for a job.” Personnel Today
The research also showed that the mean salary of language graduates three years after finishing university is ahead of that of graduates of engineering, maths, physics and astronomy, and chemistry.
This will be surprising news to some, and the good news is – you do not need to be fluent: The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) found that 74% of employers recruit applicants with conversational ability rather than those who are word perfect. They believe this can “help break the ice, deepen cultural understanding, and open business access to new markets.” The Guardian
Nearly Half of Businesses Covet Multilingual Staff
With only 38% of Britons speaking a foreign language, having language skills can put you ahead of much of your competition. According to a recent survey by the CBI, 41% of UK businesses say knowledge of another language is beneficial and prefer staff with additional language skills.
Employers are often looking for staff with conversational ability, which is sufficient to complete basic tasks. For example, having an intermediate level in German will enable you to set up a meeting with German partners, or summarise an email in English from German for your manager. Being able to communicate with colleagues in offices across the world in a second or third language adds value and leverage to your position. Offering language skills also implies strong cultural awareness and enhanced communication techniques, skills which are currently coveted by a wide range of employers.
What are Your Options?
Whether you want to improve on your French but can only study at the weekend, or want to take Mandarin classes after work, Cactus Language Training offers many options across the UK and worldwide. Choose the course format that best fits your schedule and needs:
• Group evening classes: once or twice a week, for 10 weeks, in 10 locations across the UK.
• Face-to-face tuition: one-to-one class at your home or office, when you want.
• Skype: have your lessons without any location constraint.
• Blended language learning: combine face-to-face, Skype lessons and virtual classroom tuition.
• Business language training: brush up on specific vocabulary and knowledge with courses ranging from French business courses and Arabic for oil and gas to Maritime English courses, and more.
Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:
Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French