Upgrading your tongue essential in today’s job market
To mark the occasion of the European Day of Languages today, Rosetta Stone, a leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions, uncovers major drivers for adult language learning today, citing improvement of career prospects as a major driver.
Recent youth unemployment figures show there are over one million looking for jobs in the UK. The Association of Graduate Recruiters reports as many as 73 applicants per graduate job vacancy. In competitive times, graduates and professionals alike must seek to improve their career prospects by acquiring new skills and refining existing ones to standout in the application process. In their recent research into the major motivations behind the decision to learn a new language, Rosetta Stone has found that to get ahead at work (27%) plays a key part in this trend.
- European wide project Language Rich Europe, sponsored by Rosetta Stone found over 50% of companies take languages into account when recruiting.
- Organisations are increasingly seeing multilingualism as a necessity in their workforces.
- Major benefits of multilingualism in a workforce include citing fewer mistakes, increased efficiency, better cultural understanding and leadership development.
- Candidates with existing language skills seem to be at an advantage.
- Rosetta Stone provides e-learning to individuals and private and public sector organisations in over 20 languages.
- Other major drivers for language learning which Rosetta Stone has identified – besides career prospects – are: travel and culture; ancestry and heritage and relationships and love.