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5 Ways Learning Another Language Can Boost Your Career

What can a second language do for you

5 Ways Learning Another Language Can Boost Your Career

Katia Arias No Comment

In the corporate world, globalization has opened the door to bigger deals, new partnerships and increased business opportunities across the globe. That is why; employers are desperately looking for candidates with the right business and communication skills to keep their companies globally competitive.

If you find this interesting and want to become one of these highly desired candidates, here is how learning a new language can take you there:

 

  1. Learning Another Language Boosts Your Critical Thinking & Negotiation Skills

 

When you learn another language you are introduced to a new set of concepts and rules that push your brain to readjust the way you think and see things.

The results of readjustment, in turn, are unbelievable. Thanks to all the hours you spent strategizing, reading and memorizing, your brain became faster and more effective at associating, retaining and communicating key information.

Research shows that people who are bilingual find it easier to handle lots of information at the same time and come to punctual conclusions very fast, making them excellent analyzers and top-notch negotiators.

        2.  Bilingualism Means A Bridge To New Opportunities

 Employers love to see CVs that display more than one language because they know what this represents bigger opportunities.

As Carlotta Stephens from Maine-Tucker Consultants would put it:

“Global organizations always look favorably on candidates with a second language because these individuals can be the link between regional offices, and ensure a good flow of communication. This also means [companies] can get exposure to projects [they] wouldn’t normally be involved in”.

When you are bilingual, you become more open to learn from others, share your knowledge and take on more risks. Ideal for employers!

3. Learning New Languages Increase Your Customer Service Skills

 Carlotta Stephens also said that “international clients will report a far stronger service if you can speak to them in their language.”

Speaking the clients’ language shows commitment and inspires trust. It also allows for better understanding amongst parties and higher chances to establish loyalty.

Learning a new language can boost your career by making you the one who can create strong bonds between the company and the clients. And, If your job brings a lot of customer satisfaction, then get ready for a good promotion.

 

4. Bilingualism Widens Your World View

As Zack Simmons would write in his Article “Can Learning A New Language Boost Your Creativity?“:

 “bilinguals are necessarily exposed to cultures, customs, and beliefs distinctive from their own, thus forcing them to see the world in a new perspective.”

In a flatter world, you need more open minded workers; people who can easily understand and adapt to their international partners/clients’ points of view.

Learning another language, allows you to immerse yourself in how other think and see the world, hence making it easier for you to build relationships, strike deals and successfully grow your company in other countries.

5. Learning New Languages Build Self-Confidence

And finally, research shows that learning a foreign language boosts self-confidence. All right! Acquiring new skills, building new relationships and becoming a more eligible option for top-notch jobs empowers you and makes you feel better about yourself.

And who gets the promotions? The individual that is both capable and confident to perform the job.

You can argue that learning a language requires a lot of time, commitment and money. But nowadays with all the technology available, this has become a myth. You can learn a language in your smartphone while you’re in traffic or play mix & match games with words and concepts. In the best cases you can also get personalized online classes! Or take free courses offered by cool international and local institutions in your country.

To learn a new language you just need to want it and the rest will follow! So take a big step towards a better future and give it a try.

 

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