Positive Effects of English on a Learner's Career
When students develop an interest in the language early on, they are more likely to consider a job related to that language. By speaking a second or third language, the students could have an advantage over an equally skilled candidate who speaks only one language.
This post was written by our TEFL certification graduate Jessica D. Please note that this blog post might not necessarily represent the beliefs or opinions of ITTT.
Showing that students have challenged themselves by living in a new country and learning a foreign language demonstrates the students are dedicated to self-improvement which is a valued asset in any employee. This is especially true for English, which is the world language.
Especially for larger companies that have a foreign headquarter or even a production site in another country, good to very good English is not only a prerequisite but often a necessity.
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English education in the business world
Nowadays, I can say this from my own experience, many companies pay English courses for their employees to train them accordingly. Many older employees had not the opportunity to learn English at school or at least just for some years. As a result, they have a worse chance of finding a higher qualified job than students who have had English at school for many years.
Good English opens doors and this is not only true for the own country so the job selection is much bigger than if it would only refer to one country. If a student wants to succeed in any type of business enterprise that reaches beyond the borders of their country, English is going to be the language they have to use.
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For example, a student from Russia, without knowledge of English, would not get the idea to become a driving instructor, despite interest in water and diving. Just as a student from Central Africa has better chances with English if he wants to work in the sales department of a big company that is internationally successful.
Furthermore, a student is more likely to stand out in the application process if, unlike the others, he or she has a good to very good knowledge of English and maybe some experiences of living abroad. Students with a knowledge of English have a better chance of finding a job in bigger companies than those without a knowledge of English.In many European companies that have headquarters abroad, the corporate language is English. English is also used among employees with the same mother tongue.
If the company where the student is employed is now looking for someone to go abroad for some time, the student is more likely to be considered than perhaps an external applicant. Because the student has the advantage that the company is already known by him or her and the required English skills are also available.
Because of better job selections, employees who speak more than one language tend to make more money than those who speak only one language.
Students who may have had some difficulty learning the new language at first, develop more self-confidence. By experiencing success after learning, these students will be more open to new challenges, with the knowledge that they have already mastered a similar situation.
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Students can achieve a lot with English. For example, you can search for pen pals online and perhaps get in touch with other countries and cultures. This can help the students if they have to deal with such countries in their job. After all, every other culture has its peculiarities.
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