The most demanded languages in the business industry in 2016
Are you looking for some new hobbies to take up? There are many things you can do like maybe learn an instrument, pottery, take up sports. These are all great options but aren’t they a bit, typical? Of course, they’re all great suggestions, there’s no doubt about that, but why don’t I tell you something new you can do? Something that you probably haven’t thought about, something that if you’re in business will make you stand out from the rest… Ready? Here: Learn a new language.
There’s many reasons as to why you should strongly consider this but I’ll tell you the most important of all: if you’re looking to apply for a new job, being in business or whichever field you prefer, know that 90% of companies seek the knowledge of a second language, writing down on your curriculum that you’re bilingual/multilingual will make you stand out from the rest, which gives a better shot of landing that dream job.
After doing some research I narrowed down 6 languages that are the most demanded in the business industry. In no particular order, here they are:
Portuguese landed a spot in our list for one main reason: Brazil has become an economic superpower in the recent years, this making it very attractive to businesses as their seizing the chance to get their hands on this new market. Look at it this way, with Brazil’s high population, natural resources and growing technological community there’s no way you can not want to learn this! And for a bit of fun, picture this, Carnival time. I’ll leave it at that.
Spanish, one of the romance languages, I’m not saying that’s why you should give it a shot, it’s not the only reason, believe me it will give you an edge, nevertheless that’s not the point. Latin America has emerging economic powerhouses, such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Peru and let’s not forget about the significant market in Spain. Learning Spanish is worth it if you’re main target is to strive in these countries.
With the variants of Chinese, Mandarin and Cantonese; Mandarin being China’s main language when it comes to business (and immensely demanded in the business industry), mastering this tongue would seem like a pretty obvious choice knowing China’s dominance in the world economy.
Did you expect any different? English is still one of the most solicited languages in the business industry, 9 out of 10 companies demand this knowledge. Be it you’re in the tourism, engineering or in the marketing industry, being fluent in English is completely necessary. So, you can’t go wrong with this one, literally.
I’ll put it this way; Russia has indisputable political and economic power. They have a strong market of never-ending natural resources as well as energy. Let’s not forget to mention that Russia is also one of the top oil producers in the world. All of this making Russian important for trade, diplomacy and international relations. Knowing Russian will make you stand out when it comes to winning over local business leaders. It’s also one of the most popular languages in science and literature. Russia is just too big to ignore.
In Arab countries, many of the executives only speak Arabic. Knowing that fact, learning Arabic would elevate you in this specific business world. Arabic is the official language in 23 nations, such as United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Israel, countries where they’re known for the oil and gas industries, the biggest export markets. Although Arabic has been classified as one of the hardest languages to learn it’s definitely worth it if you want to stand out, this is the language for international business, if you speak Arabic it’s a sure-fire advantage.