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Now it is the era of creative, open – minded, and competent individuals. Most of the people want prestigious jobs, high salaries, and big opportunities. But what criterion is heavy and one of the strongest in getting and achieving all that?
The answer is being multilingual. Being multilingual means being able to speak two and more languages. And if you think that learning languages is a waste of time, you are mistaken and judging erroneously, just because of one simple reason – because “jobs requiring multilingual employees pay between 5% to 20% more per hour than the base rate” (Papora, 2013). So, why? Is that only because the employee can speak several languages? No, it’s not! Because being multilingual at a workplace you can challenge your employer with a lot of opportunities.
First, being multilingual at a workplace means “being international” (Papora, 2013), it means that you can help engage and attract international clients, investors, and cooperators. Second, you “become an asset” (Papora, 2013) to a company, which means that you will be able to keep the company up – to – date and compare and analyze the status of the company at an international level – sharing ideas of international workplaces and challenging your company to go with the times. Third, knowing other languages means thinking differently, so you become a source of “new perspectives” (Papora, 2013) for a company. You will encourage your company with new ideas and opportunities thinking from different angles and perspectives, with the help of which your company will just win, but not lose. Finally, being multilingual you will be ahead of anyone who is monolingual, because you become a “global workforce” (Papora, 2013) and can get a job anywhere.
So, aren’t we lucky to have the opportunity to speak at least three languages? According to Trent (2013), knowing other languages is challenging, but it worth pursuing, since it is easier to forget a language learnt for years than to acquire it fully.
Papora. (2013, April 21). 10 Reasons Why Being Multilingual Is a Key Advantage in the Job Market Retrieved February 10, 2015, from http://www.papora.com/
Trent, E. (2013, October 29). The benefits of multilingual education. The Tech. Retrieved from http://tech.mit.edu/V133/N49/trent.html