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How Can Learning a New Language Help You to Boost Your Career?

16 July 2017 No Comment

There are so many reasons to learn a new language but none more crucial than when it comes to business and advancing our careers. A recent study by YouGov on behalf of Rosetta Stone found that the majority of UK residents can only fluently speak one language but that over half of them felt that a second language would help them progress in their career. Here’s why…

You’ll become more open to new possibilities

Not only will the knowledge of a second language make you distinguishable from the crowd, but it will allow you to open new doors of possibilities that reach far and wide. If the company that you already work for has an international office or international clients, you may be given the opportunity to travel. If you’re currently on the hunt for a new job, the more languages you know, the more places you’ll be able to look.

You’ll prove you’re a valuable employee

Communicating with your employer that you’re taking the time to learn a new language will show to them that you are serious about improving your skills and therefore, wish to further your career. Learning a language is never an easy task so by demonstrating that you have this ability, your employer will know that you can work hard and not give up when the going gets tough – certainly one of the most sought after skills for any employer.

 

Your confidence will grow

The process of learning a new language can be arduous but once you’ve got some key phrases and important grammar under your belt, your confidence will grow, and you’ll be prompted to learn more. The best way to learn a new language is to practice with someone else. This way you’ll overcome hurdles a lot more quickly by learning from your mistakes.

 You can build stronger relationships

As you learn the language of another country, it’s likely that you’ll be learning about a different culture too. This can allow you to build stronger relationships with those whose first language is not the same as your own; a type of relationship building that is crucial in any business setting.

You’ll become better at multitasking

Funnily enough, being able to speak more than one language has been proven to improve a person’s multitasking abilities. As you listen to your second language, you’ll learn to translate it into your own, and this makes you more able to switch between tasks – a key skill for any busy worker.

 You’ll improve your English

It may seem unusual that as you improve your second language, you’ll also improve your mother tongue. This is because you’ll spend a lot of time learning new grammar rules and sentence structures which will prompt you to compare them to your own. Ultimately, you’ll become a better communicator both in the way that you write and the way that you speak.

So, if we’ve convinced you that learning a second language is the ultimate career hack, why not sign up to a language class near you? For more information and further guides about career development, visit CV-Library and watch your opportunities soar.

 

This post is in association with CV Library

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