WHY LANGUAGES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR CAREER
When English is so widely spoken, it’s easy to assume there’s no need to learn another language – especially now translation software can decode a document in an instant. However, the lack of workplace language skills in the UK is thought to be costing the economy almost £50 billion a year in lost contracts, according to government figures. Here’s why being multilingual can make all the difference to your company and career…
1. The demand is there
2. It opens opportunities
3. Cultural knowledge is key
4. It's a USP
5. You can join the conversation
If you work for a global company, you might be conducting meetings with overseas colleagues in English, but as you leave the table, don’t you want to know what they’re saying to each other? Wouldn’t it be useful, too, to be able to read all your work documents and emails without having to rely on translation software, which tends not to pick up on nuances or turns of phrase? Once you have the language know-how, you will feel more involved in everything that’s going on in your business, and on a more level footing with your counterparts around the world.
Alex Reece is a freelance writer, editor and language tutor.