The National Association of Colleges and Employers released a list in 2018 ranking the top qualities institutions look for in students and employees. Number one, problem-solving skills. Number two, the ability to work in a team. Number three, communication skills (written and verbal). Number four, leadership and number five, strong work ethic.
In this series, Braathe Enterprises will identify and analyze how a student can improve their skills in the classroom and prepare for life after university.
Work Harder to be Smarter: Bilingual Employees
It’s time to dig up your highschool Spanish textbooks or subscribe to Rosetta Stone because the ability to speak more than one language is one of the hottest skills for current employers. You may have the degree and work experience, but if you’re looking to stand out “bilingual” could be the skill that gets you in the door.
A bilingual employee is attractive because it shows this person has a strong work ethic and a dedication to their education. They are better multitaskers, process information quickly, and are better writers. Employers believe potential hires who speak multiple languages are better problem solvers with improved decision-making skills.
Employees who speak more than one language tend to earn between five and twenty percent more than those who do not. This capability widens the job market, you’re no longer stuck in one career direction, positions in Public Relations, Human Resources, education, and healthcare become available. There is always a need for interpreters, a job that can be found in almost all areas of business. The opportunity to teach or train other employees is a possibility, as well.
A bilingual employee has better communication skills and brings cultural diversity to the workplace. Learning a language means to learn about their culture, this education can encourage tolerance. A person fluent in American Sign Language, deaf or hearing, an advocate for people with disabilities and bring awareness to potential stigmas surrounding deaf people in the professional world. A bilingual employee bridges the cultural gap. With a bilingual employee, a company is exposed to a whole new and larger network.
Putting in the time now to learn another language means better pay, increased opportunities to travel and keeps you ahead of the pack. You have to work hard to gain these skills but they are so beneficial for employees and employers alike. Learn another language, whether you’re still in high school or working a desk job- you will be a more valuable employee because of it.