Dell Services, IT Analyst - Client Field Service Technician III at St. Joseph Health
Absolutely! Here are the reasons why:
I've friends/co-workers who are bi-lingual and they definitely have an advantage on positions in IT that others will not be considered a candidate for due to not speaking another language. One such case is a friend I worked with here in the states, now is head of the Technical Infrastructure division for client services for Cisco Systems in Singapore due to his ability to speak Cantonese.
With ever growing technology focused environment of companies and product demands, organizations are not defined by demographics. They are customer-centric and therefore will always have a need to support clients globally . Selling to your own backyard is not where technology is confined to. Global customers demand support for the products they purchase. That is where being bi-lingual will work to your advantage! Case in point: A company i worked at needed to open up an office in Singapore to have a local presence and support the clients in the Asia-Pacific market. They sent a friend over there to establish an office and he became the Technical Account Manager for the whole Asia-Pacific market due to his IT skill AND knowledge of the language and local culture. Nobody in the company could fill the need except my friend!
I highly encourage learning a foreign language to compliment your technical abilities.