New Language Key to a Successful Career? | Career Tips

| April 28, 2016 | 1 Comment

If your career is at a crossroads then you may be wondering what you can do to get it moving in the right direction again. One idea which you should definitely consider is that of learning a foreign language to help you move up the career ladder. This can help in a number of ways which you might not have thought of before now.

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1. Open Up More Career Paths

One of the most frustrating situations to be in is when you feel that your career options are limited. If you have worked in a fairly narrow industry for the last few years then you might wonder where you can go now. One way of opening up a lot of new options for your career is to learn a second language. This immediately gives you a number of jobs to apply for and could set you off in a completely new direction. You might be able to find a job in something which would never have been a possibility for you without your language skills.

2. Move Abroad

An even more exciting change to your career direction would be to go to a country where the language you are learning is widely spoken. This can be interesting on a number of levels and it can also be a huge boost to your future job prospects. Even if you plan to come back home after a couple of years or so you will find that the international work experience you have gained looks very impressive on your resume. Of course, if you decide to stay away for longer then you could have a great time while pursuing an alternative career path which gives you a lot of pleasure.

3. Earn More Money

The more skills you have the better you can expect to be paid. This is fairly obvious but what you might not already have thought about is how a second language can help. Potential employers are sure to be impressed by this skill and it could help you negotiate a more impressive salary. Another point to consider is how this can affect your career prospects when you live in a country you didn’t grow up in.

There are many ways to go about doing it without having to move abroad ofcourse . Self-pace study, online classes, foreign language immersion software programs or enrolling in in-class language learning course are some of the options available. I have a life goal to learn two languages. This has been on my things to do in this life for a long time. So finally, I decided to take Spanish classes in Toronto before begining my travels to Latin America.

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Larkycanuck is the pseudonym for the spirited, spontaneous and zestful Canadian. The Blog is focused on showcasing budget adventure travels for working families. Larkycanuck has traveled to over 15 countries, 38 cities in 10 years. He has never quit a job to do this. He travels with his wife and on some trips with the house rabbit (Pepper).

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  1. careerbabs says:

    This is great advice, Larky. What those searching for the right job and looking for an edge do not realize is having another language can be the difference between you getting a job or not. In Canada, being bilingual and speaking and writing French is a great entree 🙂 into any company doing business in Quebec or getting a job in the government.

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