Benefits of Learning a Second Language for Corporate Employees

Most of us have been in a position where we’ve wanted to apply for a dream job but haven’t been able to as they require applicants to be able to speak an additional language. Quite frankly, it doesn’t matter what occupation you’re in, the benefits of being able to speak a 2nd, 3rd or 4th language knows no end.

Cool jobs to choose from

When you’re clever with languages and you can speak a few, not only do you land yourself the coolest jobs, you don’t easily have to constantly be asking others what something means. Translation is a much-needed skill as it simply makes text understandable to certain people.

Translators most times translate from a second language into their native tongue. Some of the greatest pieces of literature in English are translations of the original. Anthony Teixeira’s work is that of professional French Translator and proofreader, and with more than a decade in the language industry and as a university graduate, he has had the opportunity to work for a host of exciting business opportunities.

As a full-time freelance translator, he is available to help you with any kinds of brochures or documents, presenting you with perfect, error-free work that is equal to that of native speakers.

You’re sharper when you know languages

Experts tell us that those who can speak more than one language perform better wherever they find themselves as they have improved memory. They’re able to multitask better and have enhanced concentration skills.

Some of the more recent research tells us that learning a new language can improve the way we think. When you speak more than one language, you’re actually constantly exercising the brain so that it is able to take on different brain-challenging tasks.

It’s not only the speaking of another language that exercises the brain, it is the learning process that is also so beneficial for the brain, regardless of whether you learn a language quickly or you have difficulty with it.

Professor Cook of Newcastle University and Dr. Bassetti of the University of York have spent many years investigating the benefits of knowing more languages. If people knew that these medical experts say that bilingualism can postpone the onset of dementia, people who have seen what dementia can do to the brain, wouldn’t hesitate to take up not just one new language, but 2 or 3 even.

You’re better paid

Employees who learn one or two foreign languages can expect to earn more. Recruitment agencies will tell you that knowing a foreign language can add as much as 10-15% to your salary.

Certainly, if you were to apply to the United States Military, you get paid a significant amount more for knowing a foreign language. Not only that, corporations or recruitment agencies look at you as someone who has taken the time to learn a second language, which is useful for bridging the cultural gap and also for demonstrating a strong work ethic.

Both of these are attractive to any employer. If earning a big salary is of particular importance to you, you can’t deny the exceptional financial returns of learning a foreign language.

Increase employment options

Being able to speak a second or third language is guaranteed to increase your employment options, not only locally, but abroad too. Foreign language skills are looked upon as a certain asset, and in some lucrative jobs, they are a necessity.

If you’re looking for jobs overseas, then there really is no knowing which language would be the most valuable to learn. Chinese, English and Spanish are three of the most widely spoken languages.

Some languages are so widely spoken that they automatically open doors which some are so difficult to learn that there is a scarcity of fluent secondary speakers and this is what makes them so valuable. International organizations look specifically for people who can speak several languages.

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