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5 reasons why learning a new language will boost your career opportunities

Posted by: Joaquin Vicente
30/01/2018
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Learning new languages has so many benefits you may not even consider. Besides the obvious advantages such as helping you speak to the locals on holiday, it can also be extremely valuable to your career.

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Fircroft has compiled five career focused benefits to learning a new language: 

You can earn more money

Not only are you opening your prospects to more opportunities as you can apply for language specific roles, it has been estimated that bilinguals get bigger bonuses and between 2% and 10% higher wages. For those earning over £30,000, that is an extra £600 over the course of a year.

Bilinguals are in greater demand around the world as they have unique skills which sets them apart from the competition.    

Communicate easily with colleagues 

Many of your colleagues may speak a different language and speaking to them in their own native language is a great way to efficiently communicate. 

It can help to increase productivity and keep the team organised as everyone is on the same page.  

Improve your intelligence 

Research suggests that there are a number of cognitive benefits to being multilingual, including sharpening your long-term memory and attention span. As a result, this can have a positive effect on other areas of your work such as your organisation and the ability to multitask. 

Fully experience the culture of the country you are working in

There’s nothing like diving head first into the culture of the country you are working in and what better way to do that, than to speak the native language. 

From ordering food to ordering a taxi, nothing will get lost in translation, and you’re sure to find some hidden gems along the way too.

Set yourself a challenge and find a hobby 

There are a number of online resources to help you learn, including apps such as Memrise and Babbel, which make it easy to fit learning a language into your busy schedule. 

Many people turn learning new languages into hobbies that they enjoy in their spare time, so why not get started today.

What better way than to kick start your language skills by working abroad. Register your CV with Fircroft today and explore our global job opportunities.

 
Recent Comments
A very good article about the benefits of learning a foreign language. In my case, I decided in 1985 to learn Spanish after I was made redundant in the U.K.. Some years later, I was interviewed by an American from Texas who spoke Spanish to me at my interview with him for a job in Madrid. It was the critical skill demanded of candidates for the job in Madrid.In a later job, I made many presentations in Spanish to groups of business people about the services my company could provide them with. I´ve often wondered why the British business elite doesn´t seem to realize the importance of fluency in one or more foreign languages in business. With BREXIT coming next year, how are British companies going to seek new markets outside the European Union? Just rely on foreigners to speak English or by sending out a Royal to close a big deal? I´m a qualified accountant. Spanish is spoken by about 450 M. people in the world many in Latin America where once there were large British communities in Chile and Argentina.
Charles Morgan , 02 February 2018
Hi Charles, Thanks for your comment. You make a good point. It's certainly worthwhile learning a second language (or more), not only do you open up new career opportunities, but a whole new world of cultural and literary opportunities too. Best, Matt
Matt Donnelly (Fircroft), 02 February 2018
All these points are true, however in today's market, expat contracts are like gold dust. I am fluent in English, Spanish, French and German and conversant in Mandarin. This is all rendered moot by the fact that my training, skill - sets and experience are those of an exploration geophysicist, and about as much use as a chocolate fire door in the current down-turn. There also needs to be some consideration of the time and effort involved in learning a language. My Spanish took 3 years (but that was fully immersive and I was very young), French 5 years, German 7 years, and Mandarin will probably need another 3 years on top of the 7 I have already put in to achieve fluency. I will keep following Fircroft however, interesting article. Jim Farrington
Jim Farrington, 04 February 2018
I can say that ,if a person can speak several languages, that person is a few people.
Shahmar , 31 August 2018
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