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How speaking more than one language can open up job opportunities

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In an increasingly globalised world, lots of companies work across lots of different countries. Here, we explain why speaking more than one language will be beneficial to this.

Article submitted by Yipworld, Eurodesk UK Partner.


On the European Youth Portal itself, it is possible to access content written by contributors from all across Europe, translated into a wide variety of languages. This is an invaluable resource, meaning that the content is available to users across the length and breadth of the continent. As a result, it is most likely that, at present, you are reading this article in the language that you use most commonly when speaking to the people in your lives - your friends, family members and others.

Increasingly, language proficiency is something which is very important in the world of work. While we all learn foreign languages whilst at school, it is increasingly desirable for employers that prospective employees should be able to display at least some ability to speak more than one language.

In an increasingly globalised workplace, there are more companies that at any previous point in history who have a presence in lots of different countries. Young people leaving school with a particular career in mind might end up working in their home country for a company which was founded, or which has their headquarters, in another country altogether, with offices or branches in another country, or other countries.

It would make sense that, if you aspire to do a job which might involve working for a company based outside of the country in which you live, it would be beneficial to have some competency in that country’s language. If, for example, you want to be a mechanic, or a beautician, or a professional footballer, and you want to work for BMW - a German company - or L’Oreal - a French company -  or play for Real Madrid - a Spanish team with a French manage, at the time of writing this article - it might be helpful, in order to be able to help your company, to be able to speak German or French or Spanish.

Also, if you’re interested in working for an international company, there might be lots of different opportunities available to you if you speak another language - you might be able to work in other parts of the world, even just for a short time, or for a longer time if that’s what you want to do. If you decide, when you’re older, that you don’t want to stay in your home country for the rest of your life, you might have the potential to live and work in another country.

It’s much easier to build relationships with people when you speak the same language as them. The way that we understand one another; the way that we digest information; the way that we make friends; the way that we get things done with other people, is through communicating with them. Thanks to the internet, it is now very easy to do work with people in other countries, and if you’re able to communicate with them in their own language, it will be far easier to get things done than if you can’t do that!

Visit Eurodesk UK 'Work abroad' pages to find out more about internships overseas, and don't forget to have a look at the Opportunity Finder!

Published Thu, 05/12/2019 - 12:38
Last updated on Tue, 10/12/2019 - 11:36

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