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There are many perks of being bilingual, here are a few to remember.
- Pay Boost: Salary.com asserts that jobs that have pay differentials based on bilingualism pay bilingual employees 5-20% more per hour, on average. Bilingual college graduates typically make 2% more than those who only speak one language, according to MIT economist Albert Saiz.
- Increasing Career Prospects: Jobs in interpreting and translating are among the 15 fastest growing jobs in the country. Don’t shy away from considering occupations in fields like travel, journalism, international development, and education, which are perpetually seeking persons who speak two languages as well.
- Bilingualism is also a great skill to have if you’re interested in the military; you’re likely to ascend the ranks at a quicker pace if you enjoy the capacity to communicate and identify with a wider range of soldiers.
- Greater Chance of Being Hired: You’re given the upper hand in the awkward first interview the moment your interviewer understands that you can speak more than one language. Bilingual persons indicate versatility, dedication, and a freedom from cultural divides, amplifying the merit of your other qualifications and of your character.
- Higher Chance for Promotion: Flaunting experience in multiple cultures increases your susceptibility to ascendancy. Because you boast a skill that most of your co-workers probably lack, you’ll be the one your boss turns to for particular tasks that may not even require knowledge of a second language, but knowledge of the workings of the international sphere. You become the right-hand man of the office, and in due time you may rise to the head.
- Improvements in Character: Many studies indicate that learning a second language can enhance skills in problem-solving, multitasking and decision-making. It bolsters your well-roundedness and accordingly your chances of being hired or promoted.
Written By: C. Fassett