Is Learning Foreign Languages Important For Career Growth?

By Anuj Mishra

Good communication skills and fluency in many languages act as the key factors in enhancing one's personality. If you are good at communicating with people, you are always in demand, making a good impression becomes easier and relationships are built instantly.

However, the language of communication also plays an important role when it comes to your career and employment. We are consistently taught English since we start pursuing an education. That's because it is a global language and in most of the countries in the world, you can survive easily with this language.

Foreign Languages For Career Growth

Talking about the corporate world, businesses are now becoming global day by day and every reputed organisation has a tie-up with a foreign company. Here, English is the first requirement for every employee, no matter what their job profile. It makes it easy for everyone to communicate as people come to work in companies from various regions in India.

However, when the need for communication goes beyond national boundaries, that is the time when foreign languages come to play. This is where candidates who are fluent in a foreign language get an extra edge and are consistently required.

Which Languages Have The Highest Demand?

Now that you know foreign languages are in demand, you cannot just get up and start learning any random foreign language. These are a few nations most of the Indian companies have links with and they need a number of candidates who can speak the native languages of those nations.

Spanish, German and French are the dialects which are highly popular amongst Indians since many organisations of our nation have collaborations with companies situated in these countries. Also, since they are similar to the English language, they are quite easy to learn as compared to other languages.

Other languages which have rising demand are Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italic, Arabic, Portuguese and Korean. Amongst Indian students who aspire to work in multinational companies, these languages are the most popular ones.

Let's see what benefits you can yield for your career with proficiency in a foreign language.

More Opportunities

There are many big companies which hire you as a fresher even if you are fluent only in the English language. However, later they might have to send you abroad. In such cases, a multilingual candidate is more preferred over a monolingual candidate. Thus, your prospects of getting a job in a multinational company rise considerably.

Eligibility For Various Sectors

There are several industries such as media, tourism and IT sectors which demand people who speak foreign languages. Knowing different languages serves you options of several sectors to choose from.

Makes Your Resume More Impactful

Before you even appear for the interview of a job, your resume goes through a screening process by the employers. If you mention even one foreign language in your Languages Known section, it instantly stands out from the rest of the resumes. If employers are in need of such candidates, you are given the first preference.

Relationship Building Abilities

We all need and like to make relationships with new people, wherever we go. Knowing a foreign language gives you the skills to build relationships which are beyond nationwide boundaries. You can be on a company trip to a foreign country, and if you speak the language well, you can interact efficiently with the local residents, thereby, building relationships with people there. Such relations are highly yielding for your organisation as well as for your personal growth.

Cultural Understanding

While learning a foreign language or being amidst people of different countries helps you explore cultures out of your native country, it also helps you think broadly about every aspect in your professional as well as personal life.

Additionally, studies also suggest that people who learn and adopt different languages possess great problem-solving skills and they are creative. Learning languages also impart multitasking skills in a person.

In this era of globalisation, languages act as a tool to stand out amidst a diversified crowd apart from giving you and your resume an appeal to your career prospects, if you desire to work in multinational organisations.

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