As the competition for good jobs increases, employers are in a position to demand skill sets that were not considered essential in the past. For many jobs, speaking a second language is now a necessity. Being fluent in Spanish, for example, is now routinely required around the country as new immigrants travel to all regions for jobs. With industries expanding to overseas locations, many other languages are required to meet specific job requirements. Learning a second language not only helps when seeking a new job, it often makes the difference between getting a solid, high paying job and being left behind.
A variety of businesses and government agencies recruit individuals with language skills directly from colleges around the country. High demand languages include Chinese, Russian, Spanish and German. Arabic skills are also highly prized by recruiters. There is a demand for speakers of virtually any language, as business and geopolitical conditions dictate that communications channels always be open between individuals throughout the world.
While many people have the luxury of learning a new language during college years, others finding it advantageous to learn another language must look elsewhere for a learning opportunity. Depending on the individual, there are several approaches to take when seeking to learn a second, or even third, language. Local colleges and universities almost all have some type of program for individuals seeking to learn another language, but that may not be the ideal option for many people. With busy schedules to deal with, it is often inconvenient, or even impossible, to attend structured classes.
For anyone with an irregular schedule, using a computer-based learning program may be a more realistic option. The software necessary is not expensive when compared to college tuition costs, and the programs are designed to allow learners to progress at their own pace. However, each of the major language learning programs is different, so exploring the different options before buying is strongly recommended. Rocket Languages, Rosetta Stone and Speak From Day 1 are all proven to provide learners with basic skills and should be the first programs investigated.
Each of these programs has a different teaching style, and people will find some better to use than others. It all really depends on your own personal learning style. I always suggest to people that they read a bit about each different program and figure out how they would work for your own methods and preferences. Many of these programs have a trial period or a trial program so you can try it out. I suggest you do that as well. It can be annoying to purchase a program only to later realize that it’s not so great, or not what you expected. Do a bit of research and read some online reviews from language blogs to save yourself some time.
The demand for multi-lingual employees will almost certainly increase in the future, so learning another language should be a first priority for anyone in today’s competitive job market. The decision is not really if another language should be learned, but rather, which language should it be?