Learning Spanish – The Workplace

In this day and age it is very useful to learn Spanish or another widely used language.  Learning Spanish, helps a person to acquire a much deeper understanding of the culture of Spanish speaking countries. Having a second or third language can also be an asset when making job applications.

In the modern global climate, many people of diverse ethnic backgrounds are migrating to work in the richer Western economies. Many of these people do not speak English so it is clearly advantageous to have people on the payroll who speak Spanish and of course other languages.

Some industries specialise in selling their services into ethnic communities for example insurance services and financial services. In the USA many professionals working in these sectors are beginning to find that it is becoming increasingly desirable to be able to speak Spanish, or that it is necessary to employ staff who can speak Spanish.

Many sales compnaies these days will actually fund language lessons for their staff because the sales process relies so heavily on communication skills, and if you can’t speak the language, you can’t communicate, can you?

When someone has learned Spanish and they are able to bring that skill into their workplace new opportunities may open up for them. some obvious places where their skills can be employed are in customer service, and medical fields. Postings abroad are also a possibility in larger enterprises, and some employees could find themselves occupying an ambassadorial role for the organisation which employs them.

Learning Spanish (or another language) can be a way for an employee to increase their income, gain more prestige in the workplace, and even perhaps (in these uncertain times) make their employment more secure. The skills required to learn Spanish – application, tenacity, patience, focus, attention to detail –  are all valuable to employers in their own right and will almost certainly be duly noted.