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Will a second language help you make that next step up?

by Rayhaneh Tehrani | 11 March 2015

You will hear it a thousand times: learning a new language will improve your career; however in reality how many companies stipulate you must have a second language before you apply?

More and more businesses have connections and close working links in other countries. In the North East division we have a number of international clients who look for candidates with a range of languages. Companies like Proctor and Gamble and PD Ports have links throughout the world so those who have a second language will always have an advantage.

Given the competition in the market today it is vital that employers look at your academics and extra studies. While internships and psychometric testing do play a large part in this, those fluent in another language are often top of the pile...

Entering the professional world after your graduation can be pretty daunting, however the ability to speak a second language can really make you stand out. To an employer, you may have an essential skill in order to communicate as widely as possible, ultimately adding a valuable asset to the company.

Recently languages such as German, Spanish and French have been in high demand, however how much will this language be taken into account? Whilst some sectors like banking and investment companies find a second (or even third!) language is an advantage; it is not always a pre-requisite.

Granted if you are applying for a translator role within a large publishing company you should be proficient, for other positions being conversational would be sufficient. Alongside a second language enhancing your employability, it develops your learning, demonstrates your cognitive skills, allows you to live and work abroad as well as enhancing your communication on a day to day basis.

As a graduate or experienced professional you may look at learning a new language. From a recruitment perspective this would definitely give you an advantage on applying with international companies in the UK. On the other hand there is a number of companies who are purely UK based and knowing another language could be a wasted talent.

Learning a language takes time and before you commit, ensure it is beneficial to your career and aspirations.

If you are interested in finding out more about companies who have international links get in touch with me today on 0191 261 8585 to get relevant market knowledge.