People with foreign language skills are more sought after in the job market
Thursday, 2nd April 2009
Taking a course in a foreign language may initially be about expanding your horizons and meeting new people, but it actually can make you more marketable in your lifelong career.
With the world becoming seemingly smaller with cheaper airfares, a global marketplace, and the world wide web, it makes sense that most businesses seek out employees who can communicate in more than one language. If you are bi or multi-lingual, your skill set will make you more marketable in a multitude of industries, from the corporate world to government agencies, and from hospitality/tourism to real estate.
In the United States, speaking both English and Spanish can lead to a variety of jobs due to a vast immigration of Hispanic people. A great aspect of the Spanish language is that whether you learn Spanish taught by a Spanish teacher, a Mexican teacher, or an Argentinean teacher, all can be understood by various Spanish-speakers because even though their accents may be different, their dialects are not. Spanish is one of the leading foreign languages necessary in the workforce, as it is the third most widely spoken language in the world.
Currently, the most popular languages spanning the want-ads in the corporate world include: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, and Russian.
Right now it is important to learn Arabic if looking to work for an American governmental agency. In Iraq, standard Arabic is most widely spoken. Farsi is the most widely spoken Persian language, which is written in Arabic characters and native to Iran. In Afghanistan, Pashto and Darsi are spoken, which are considered Afghan Persian.
In American tourism, there is a huge requirement for various Asian languages in Hawaii as the island’s marketing reaches Asian countries in huge numbers. Foreign language speakers that are sought-after in Hawaii include Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Japanese and Korean.