By Daniele Saccardi, Preply
If learning a new language was top of your New Year’s resolutions list, there has never been a better time to take the plunge.
As well as allowing you to explore more areas in your career path, learning a new language can also be a fun and relaxing activity to do for as little as 10 minutes a day. Furthermore, being able to grasp simple sentences in your chosen language will offer an immense sense of achievement and accomplishment – something we could all use after so many years of uncertainty.
These positive notions could lead to feeling more confident in work and in all aspects of your life. What’s more, being bilingual would make it easier to make more friends in the workplace, as language would no longer be a barrier.
1. More job prospects
This seems obvious, but being less limited when searching for a career will offer the freedom to push for a higher salary. With so many jobs now seeking a second language as a compulsory requirement, it is crucial that you find a way to make your CV stand out from the crowd.
With Preply revealing the most lucrative language of 2020 was Arabic, it was highlighted that learning this language had the potential to bump up your wage by 74%, leading you to fast-progressing careers like IT, sales, and marketing.
2. Travel opportunities at work
If a conference or meeting is scheduled to be set in a different country, knowing the language would instantly put you at the top of the list to go. This would most likely include expenses-paid trips, dinners, and experiences to enjoy.
Many companies even offer the option of living abroad for work, which would allow you to experience a new culture and way of life, along with added salary bonuses.
3. Learning another language helps with your native one
Many people fail to realise that learning a new language can actually help you get a better grasp of your first one. If you have been worried that learning something new would be too difficult due to your written and spoken English not being the best, attempting a new language could assist with breaking down sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation – which can then be applied to your native tongue.
4. Become more creative
Learning a new language also means delving into the culture of another country, which includes art, literature, games, architecture, and much more.
Enriching your mind with these exciting gems is guaranteed to spark inspiration and creativity, as you move outside of the norm and begin to think outside the box.
5. Multi-tasking could become easier
A study conducted at the Anglia Ruskin University highlighted that people who were bilingual were better at multitasking than those who were not.
Grasping the intricacies of another language and culture encourages your mind to act more like a sponge, absorbing information and problem-solving more effortlessly than before.
Another study conducted by Penn State stated that bilingual people were more effective when it came to seeking out relevant information, both in conversations and in text, once again showcasing how learning a language can allow you to propel your career.