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Being multilingual allows you to expand your business acumen and prospects, work internationally, and travel successfully. Even though English is the go-to international language for business and academia, being able to speak only English will put you at a disadvantage during your job search. This is doubly true if you live in a non-English speaking country but even in New York or London, speaking a variety of global languages will give you an advantage.

The world is becoming increasingly global, as is business, so it’s time to start expanding and learn a new language that will give you the extra edge you need to land your dream job. Learning a language not only boosts your cognitive abilities but also it gives you the chance to be successful in cross-cultural business.

Check out the top 7 languages that will help you get hired and find one that you can start learning now!

1. Mandarin

China is the world’s second-largest economy with nearly one billion native Mandarin speakers, hence the reason Mandarin has been seen as the most important language for business (excluding English). Learning how to speak Mandarin will open many doors for you, especially throughout Asia and China.

Mandarin is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. In fact, it’s so difficult that most Americans don’t want to try learning it, making it only the seventh most studied language by American undergraduates. So if you are willing to take on the challenge of learning Mandarin, you will easily impress employers with your unique skill set that is sure to become more valuable as China’s business influence continues to expand.

2. Arabic

If you want to go into petroleum or defense industries, you are going to need to know Arabic. There are more than 300 million Arabic speakers in the world, and the Arab world has a combined GDP of $600 billion. Arabic is a language with a demand on the rise and not enough English-speakers supplying the skills.

Currently, in America, for example, there are less than 1 percent of college students studying Arabic and U.S. government agencies are seeking Arabic speakers now more than ever. Even if you aren’t interested in working for the government, Arabic will allow you to have connections with wealthy Middle Eastern countries like Qatar and the United Arab Emirates as well as more opportunities in industries like engineering, medical, nonprofit, and international relations.

3. Spanish

As the official language for over 20 countries, Spanish is a suitable choice if you are planning to work anywhere in the Americas. If you see yourself working in healthcare, banking, or retail, learning Spanish would give you a leg up on the competition.

Even though Spanish is an extremely useful language to know, it is a very common second language for native-English speaking Americans, so the supply of non-native Spanish speakers is higher than other languages. Even though knowing Spanish may not give you a wow factor like Mandarin would, it could be the determining perk that gets you hired.

4. French

Before English took over as the most dominant language in the world, French used to have the spotlight. Spoken in over 40 countries, it’s one of the most popular languages on the internet. With the language’s long history, French is not going anywhere and that’s why many consider it a useful language to learn when going into business.

It is much easier to learn French since it has more similarities to English than Mandarin or Arabic, which has made it a popular second language for many English-speakers to learn. Learning French will open many doors for you, especially if you have aspirations to conduct business in Europe.

5. German

Even though German may sound harsh and gritty to some, it’s actually in the same language family as English, so there are some striking similarities you will find when learning. And with Germany being the largest economy in Europe, learning to speak German will only help if you have European business goals.

Since Germany is the second largest importer of British goods, choosing to learn their language will make you that much more qualified for a job in fields such as international trade or investments. Germany also has a long-standing reputation for scientific/technological influence and, of course, beer, so it may not be a bad idea to pursue job opportunities that keep you close to those famous German brews.

6. Japanese

Another tricky language to learn is Japanese. With three different alphabet systems, many people shy away from the challenge of learning Japanese, making it a top language that many companies are looking for in their candidates.

If you’re into robotics, you should learn Japanese since they are the leaders in terms of robotic technology. Japan has a long history of producing innovative electronics and unique animation contributions. If you want to break into this industry, Japanese is the language for you.

7. Computer Programming Languages

Although this might not be a language in the traditional sense, the need for people who understand and “speak” computer programming codes is at an all time high. With the booming amount of startups in Silicon Valley and Manhattan, having a solid knowledge of HTML, Javascript, Perl, or C++ puts you in a good position to be hired.

This trend in computer programming language is expected to grow as the need for computer-based jobs continues to advance in this ever-changing technological world.

This post was written by Christine who founded the site https://cpareviewcourses.org/ – an online resource dedicated to helping professionals pass all four sections the CPA Exam on their first try. Christine provides reviews of the best CPA review courses and expert CPA study tips to ease the process of becoming a CPA.


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