Month: September 2010

Is learning a second language worth your time?

Knowing other languages in a world that, thanks to globalization, has forced us to be bilingual and almost makes us forget our mother tongue, definitely comes in handy when looking for a new job.

Numbers do not lie, today, nearly 60% of the job offers require the candidate to master a second language. English and German are taking the lead in the list for the most popular languages required by employers, especially in the areas of engineering, finance, new technologies and health.

However, according to recent surveys, five languages will prevail among job seekers in 2016. To our surprise, these languages are: Italian, Portuguese, German, French, and the ever-present English.

Do we need say something more to convince to go ahead and learn a second language? If you need a little extra motivation, a recent financial report indicated that people who master a second language earn more annually over those who speak only one language.