Eight Ways Languages Can Benefit Your Career

Learning a new language can benefit you in many ways, one of which is your career prospects. Here's our top eight ways learning a language can benefit your career. 

1. Languages make your CV stand out
Close up on a CV which is lowered to reveal an eager looking women in a job interview.

No matter what job you're applying for, competition can be fierce! Knowledge of a second or third language is a great way to make your CV stand out from the crowd, especially if the rest of your skills or experience is similar to other applicants. This is especially true at international companies where staff are expected to communicate with people in other countries. Learning a language will also suggest to employers that you're proactive and up for a challenge. 

2. Languages open up other job opportunities

Not only can a second language improve your chances of getting certain jobs, it can lead to jobs you didn't even know existed. When you speak another language you meet lots of new people, experience new cultures and explore new countries. Through this you could find new interests and discover roles you had never even thought of pursuing. 

3. A second language improves your native language skills
Steve Carell in the TV show The Office saying 'Sometimes I'll start a sentence and I don't even know where it's going.'

Are you put off learning a new language because you find your own one hard enough? You might be interested to know that knowledge of a second language actually leads to better use of your native language. We learn new languages by breaking down grammar and sentence structure, so without even realising it we become more aware of this in our own language, which results in better communication skills in general.  

4. You won't have to rely on interpreters

Firstly, if you don't need an interpreter you will save your organisation time and money, which are two things all employers value. Secondly, even the most accurate interpreter can't translate physical signals. Without your own understanding of a language you can easily misinterpret conversations. For example, in English, emotions can often be picked up through tone of voice, but Japanese relies heavily on body language. Without your own knowledge of this, translations may come across as rude or unprofessional. 

5. You'll get superpowers (kind of)
GIF animation of superman flying.

It might seem that thinking in more than one language can cause confusion; in reality the ability to skip between languages also improves your ability to skip between tasks. Being bilingual increases brain function, improves memory and makes it easier to multi-task and prioritise information.

6. You'll become a better decision-maker

Not only does being bilingual improve your multi-tasking, it improves your decision making and problem solving skills. Languages improve your ability to think analytically so not only will you land your dream job, but you'll become a master at deciding where to eat. 

7. Being bilingual makes you more creative

When you learn a second language, you are opened up to new ideas and ways of doing things. This new ability to think outside the box will improve your creativity and originality of your ideas. 

8. You'll build better relationships
Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the film Stepbrothers, Will 'Did we just become best friends?', John 'Yep!'

No matter if you're speaking to a colleague, supplier or client, using that person's native language instantly makes them feel more comfortable, even if they speak English. Learning a language also allows you to better understand someone's culture and as a result, their point of view. Combine this with your new ability to analyse situations and solve problems, you will build great relationships wherever you work.  

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