If your ideal job requires you to chat with clients from different nationalities, studying the language of that country will help to make your work easier and assist you in landing your dream job. Speaking a relevant foreign language will create a positive image in the minds of your clients, which they might communicate to your bosses, and may just provide you with the competitive edge in landing that new and elusive contract. You will no longer require an interpreter to communicate your clients’ requirement to you. This will also save a lot of cost for the organisation for which you are working. These are all great selling points about your language skill which can be used at an interview.
Lack of foreign language knowledge puts English speakers at a disadvantage. In meetings, for example, the people on the opposing side of a negotiation can discuss issues amongst themselves, in their own language, without the English speakers understanding. Utilising the skill of an interpreter can slow negotiation down and remove the flow of a deal. In any socialising, after the meetings, which may be integral to strengthening relationships, your clients will probably feel more comfortable using their own language rather than English. Knowledge of foreign languages may also increase your chances of finding a new job, getting a promotion or a transfer overseas, or of going on foreign business trips. Contact VLLC so we can discuss your language requirements for that dream career!
These blogs are about learning a foreign language and utilising that skill to forward your professional path.