Having a second or third language greatly increases your appeal to international employers. Not only does it show that you are capable and adaptable, it also shows your commitment to cross-cultural communication. Not convinced? Here are a few more tips to start you on a language-learning path!
- The working world needs multi-lingual workers: Whether you are applying for a job at home or abroad, your potential employers will be impressed by your language abilities. You may be required to use your second language on the job, or it may simply be a skill that proves your commitment to international workplace.
- Your language skills could lead to a career: Sure, having a second or third language can help your career, but it can also be your career. Language teachers, translators, interpreters; all these people use multiple languages as the basis of their careers.
- Don’t delay! The sooner you start learning, the better. You can start by studying just a few words a day and work your way up.
- You don’t need to be rolling in money to learn a language: Sure, it might help to take courses and buy toolkits, but you can learn a language without these things. Listening to foreign radio stations with a small dictionary will give you a strong start on language learning.
- Immersion is best: Travel, of course, is the best way to immerse yourself in a language. It might seem scary, but being forced to make your way in the world will seriously speed up your comprehension. If travel isn't possible, get creative. Can you buddy up for online meetings with a native speaker? Can you go for a socially distanced language learning walk? Where there's a will, there's a way!
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