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Is it important to know multiple languages in your job?

This is regardless of the job. Personally I plan on being in tech but all my teachers say it's very important to know more than one language. Personally I struggle with learning languages. Will I be at a large disadvantage? #general #language #first-job #technical #spanish

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Alex’s Answer

Thanks for exploring this site for an answer to your question. Fortunately for many of us, English is still considered the Aviation Language. Every pilot, aircraft tech, dispatcher, and tower operator must be fluent on English. Now, that being said, it is always an additional asset to learn other languages, because it makes ypu desireable to an employer out there, not to mention, the fact that when traveling for work, it will make life easier in many ways for you. Good luck.....

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Aime’s Answer

For me, being bilingual has helped due to the global nature of my job. It helps me understand better when either my internal or external customers are struggling with a key need or a requirement. It helps me ensure things are not 'lost in translation' no pun intended.

Aime recommends the following next steps:

Try a class in a language that interests you but most importantly, join a conversational club. It will force you to use the language and speed up the process.
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Venkat’s Answer

Thinking of globalization, multi language exposure puts you at advantage. Most of the difficulties in learning a language (I understand) is missing environment to practice or put it to use. see if you can find a way to put yourself to practice.
As you are aiming to get into Tech., may be working with some programming language could turn it different.

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Manuel’s Answer

In my current job I use English, Spanish, and Portuguese. I work for a travel insurance company and I manage our relationships with hospitals and clinics in Latin America and the Caribbean. Being able to speak multiple languages helps a lot in my job because I can communicate with providers in all of the areas I cover directly.

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Rachel’s Answer

No, you won't be at a large disadvantage if you don't know a second language, but if you do know a second language, you would be at a tremendous advantage. There are very few careers that would not be enhanced by your knowledge of a foreign language. Business, law, and medicine all make use of the Spanish language frequently. If you know this language, you will have an edge and job opportunities that others in your field may not.
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Antoinne’s Answer

Hi Dylan, first and foremost great question! Think of additional languages as a skill. Although it might sound a bit vague or overstated, language is one of the best skills you can practice and learn. Employers value this asset tremendously (which is why your teachers are steering you in the right direction when they encourage you to learn more than one language). I was brought up in a Spanish speaking household so I was able to learn and practice Spanish. This skill has opened doors for me, where I have had the opportunity to work in Mexico, Spain, Guatemala and Brazil (Spanish is similar to Portuguese).


Perhaps part of your future plans include traveling the world. My ability to speak Spanish has enabled me to communicate with many more people and across cultures. If learning a new language becomes important for you/to you, there are many resources to learn easily (many tout the benefits of Rosetta Stone). I hope my experiences help you to see some of the positive aspects of learning a new language. To become proficient at any skill, it takes practice and perseverance. In my case, I can tell you without hesitation that the rewards have been amazing.


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Brian’s Answer

The ability to speak multiple languages is always an advantage for you, but it might not be for a company you ant to work for Does this company need people that speak more languages? It never hurts to speak more languages, but how can you use them to the company's advantage?. I speak both Russian and Spanish and that definitely was an advantage as I was looking for a job with companies who work all over the gloabe. Knowing that I can communicate in countries where they do business is a skill the company was looking for. But, If the company doesn't do business in Russia for example, then my Russian skills are not as wanted, even though it might be impressive.


I now work for an IT company that is located all over the world and all the calls/meetings we have, that combine people from intrenational locations, are held in English. The other languages are valuable at the country level, but the overall company works in English.

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Bahtiyor’s Answer

Learning additional languages could be a very helpful experience in ordinary life and your chosen career path. It is indeed a uniqueexperience as world has changed massively in the last 100 years. More and more interactions are occurred on a daily basis with people from the different cultural backgrounds and languages. Knowing multiple languages, could certainly help in employment. A lot of business move towards interaction relationship with dealing customers around the world. Communicating directly with new clients and companies in their native language is one of the first steps to founding a lasting, stable international business relationship. Being able to do this automatically puts any multilingual person miles ahead of his or her peers in the competition for jobs and high-prestige positions. In recent years some research has been conducted by the scientists, believing that bilinguals, are generally smarter, as it could have a reflective effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills, reaction and enhance the memory. So going back to the question, knowing multiple languages could certainly help to find an interesting job, especially if dealing with the international audience.

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