Many people around the world who want to improve themselves and open new job opportunities are learning Spanish as you read this. It is estimated that over five hundred million Spanish speakers are already in existence, with this number growing constantly as many more join their ranks and take the initiative to boost themselves above others who only speak one language.
Whether they study Spanish abroad or using online services, taking university courses closer to home or just listening to audio tapes as they drive to work, people are certainly wising up to the host of opportunities they are missing out on if they do not learn to speak this beautiful language. There are twenty-one countries in the world that list Spanish as an official language, with many more particularly in the West boasting high Spanish-speaking populations, and if you cannot communicate with these people then you close many doors in the business world. Trade is booming for tourists in Spain at the moment, and there are many possibilities that may not have even occurred to you that could come your way with Spanish as a tool: what about being a glamorous holiday rep, able to talk to both the locals and the English-speaking tourists, spending your time on jet ski rides and taking excursions to nearby areas of importance? Many people choose this as a temporary job that will fund their adventure of living abroad, and it can be huge amounts of fun.
Perhaps you already have a career plan plotted out in your mind. Have you considered what kind of difference studying Spanish could make? Many industries, particularly at higher levels, demand the knowledge of a second language as international trade and business deals require you to communicate with people of different nationalities to get the job done. There are some jobs, in fact, that will only become open to you once you speak another language – translators cannot be monolingual, for example, and even to apply for a simple PA position for the CEO of a big company you could find yourself struggling.
More than just the specific job paths that are opened are the skills that will be displayed on your CV. Taking the time to learn a second language demonstrates a determination to succeed along with a willingness to improve yourself and learn new things, hugely attractive attributes for an employer. You also show that you are intelligent if you succeed in learning, and that you have a good set of communication skills that could make you an invaluable asset to any company. If you have no special skills then you make yourself replaceable - learning Spanish could be the thing that prevents that and makes you a high riser, getting you promotions quicker than fellow employees and not having to pause once you reach that level that does require a second language. Once learnt, it is a skill learnt for life – the doors that open as a result of your new tongue will not be closed to you again.