10 Reasons Why Being Multilingual Is a Key Advantage in the Job Market

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You may think those German, French or Spanish lessons are nothing more than a waste of time. But the truth of the matter is becoming multilingual has the advantage to not only increase your job opportunities. It’s proven that jobs requiring multilingual employees pays between 5% to 20% more per hour than the base rate.

Following is ten reasons why being multilingual is a key advantage in the job market:

1. Learning more languages means your network instantly expands. Before you may have only been able to apply for jobs requiring English speakers, now you’ll be able to apply for many more jobs.

2. Being multilingual puts you ahead of other potential employees. If a job is between you and one other person, being multilingual might just be the very thing that gets you the job.

3. Even if a job doesn’t require you to be multilingual you still have a higher chance of getting the job. Learning another language shows dedication and commitment – this is exactly what every employer seeks.

4. Conversing in more than one language means you think more flexible and creatively. Research has shown that multi-linguists are able to come up with better strategies to solve problems.

5. You’ll be able to help your employer attract international clients. Every employer appreciates more business.

6. Many companies who deal with international clients end up having to bring in translators just for one off occasions. Even if you primary job isn’t to translate, you’ll be able to translate as and when it is required. This saves the business money, whilst making you look like the perfect employee.

7. A company may not have an English speaking job, but as you’re multilingual they may have a job available for you somewhere else in the world.

8. Knowing another language means you’re an asset to the company. You’ll be able to keep the business up-to-date with the rest of the world. Often the best research or data may not be available in your native language.

9. Learning another language helps you see the world from new perspectives. It’s estimated that roughly 1.8 billion people speak English. That means that if you never learn another language, you’re missing out on more than two-thirds of people’s unique perspectives.

10. With the advancements of the Internet, more and more companies are now working internationally. It won’t be long before many jobs require you to be multilingual. Learning another language now means you’ll be ahead of everyone else who can only speak their native language.

Schools often make learning a language seem like a chore. But once you get out into the real world you’ll quickly realise how fun it is knowing more than one language. Being able to communicate with people in their native language not only shows respect for their culture, it also helps build real relationships.

And in any business it’s all about relationships. Being multilingual means you’ll be able to be much stronger and longer-lasting relationships.

AUTHOR

Jake, un nativo inglés del Suroeste de Inglaterra, es el creador y director de Papora. Le apasionan los idiomas y le encanta visitar otros países, viajando así por todo el mundo.