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How much knowledge of English helps in the labor market?

June 5, 2020

In today's blog, I would like to take English to the workshop, and more specifically, the familiarity with his knowledge. You don't need to talk much about the unquestionable advantage in the ease of getting your dream job. This is "obvious obviousness". I think that it will not be abusive to say that in today's world this skill means more to the employer than the university diplomas from the fields of study often written in the CV, often not having much in common with the position we are applying for.

Some numbers

Our world is English-speaking. As many as 67% of EU citizens speak it. German is second in order, around 16-17%. Among some non-English-speaking EU countries, the following percentage of the adult population claimed to be able to speak English in 2012: 90 percent in the Netherlands, 89 percent in Malta, 86 percent in Sweden and Denmark, 73 percent in Cyprus, Croatia and Austria , 70 percent in Finland, and more than 50 percent in Greece, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia and Germany. In 2012, excluding native speakers, 38 percent of Europeans think they can speak English. As we can see from these estimates. English is practically ubiquitous, and combined with the fact that the world is becoming more globalized - this is the main communication tool between citizens from different parts of it. The ability to use this language is actually a "must" these days.

Besides work

Learning a foreign language alone brings great health effects for our brain. It is not so much as English (because of the question why this language, we have answered above) as it is about the process of learning communication in a foreign language. Regular lessons mean that not only do we remember new words better, but also our memory generally improves. The effects are visible regardless of the age at which you start learning. Research conducted by Neurologist Brian Gold shows that bilingual people are better at tasks that require multitasking (i.e. switching from one task to another). Knowing (and learning) a second language can also help you in your daily work. People who speak two languages ​​(or learn a second or more) are - according to research - better at focusing on a task than colleagues who speak only one language. Especially if they work in an international environment (because their brain is constantly focused and thinks which language they want to use).

Language is for communication!

This is the basic task of the language, it opens for us a number of doors leading to new acquaintances that would not be possible due to the language barrier. This may not be the most important feature of your second language skills, but it can definitely be considered an added value.