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English has been and probably always will be the international language of business. All over the world, English is used when communicating. Learning and mastering English for a non-English speaker has never been more important. That is why more than two thirds of learners in global markets like Asia, Europe and South America are learning English in schools or at work. For an English student, the motivation to learn to read, write, speak and listen (understand) should be clear. In order to advance in like — both personally and professionally — knowing English is a huge advantage. The impacts of knowing English on one’s career are significant. The following is an analysis of how careers can and have been greatly enhanced by learning English. Relationships with Co-workers In the workplace, social skills and communication are extremely important. Knowing a second (or third) language increases the odds for successfully connecting and communicating with English-speaking co-workers on the job. Not only can routine requests, transactions or negotiations run more smoothly, but accuracy can be greatly improved and mistakes cut down or virtually eliminated entirely. Success in your communications as a result of utilizing English can only help to add to the overall value you bring to your organization. Relationships with Upper-management It may seem obvious, but managers tend to rely on employees that they feel they can count on. They seek out the handful of lower-level employees that they really trust when something is important and must be done correctly. Trust can be developed over time when an employee proves they can understand a request and fulfill it without needing clarification or further explanation. Success in interactions with upper-management is greatly improved by knowing English. Research has also proven that multi-lingual employees are more agile and are better at multi-tasking. Again, the English speaker’s value is higher than a native tongue speaking employee. Career Advancement / Job Promotions The broader ones skills are, they more they can contribute to their organization. Most businesses are desperately looking for strong employees to promote and take on more responsibility. English is a powerful tool and useful skillset to acquire. Managers want well-rounded employees in general, but they are willing to reward those that go the extra mile to add value to the organization. Whether English is acquired on the job through an employer training program or it was learned from elementary school and developed throughout the education process, Consider this. Not only does knowing English mean there is a greater likelihood of upward advancement in the workplace, but the converse is also true. Not knowing English can actually hold people back in their careers. Conclusion In summary, learning English can be a game-changer for most people. Whether it is learned early on in life or as an adult while on the job, the benefits of knowing English are clear. It can lead to better relationships with co-workers, upper management and customers. Likewise, know English can lead to advancement up through the ranks, leaving behind those that never bothered to learn English. If it wasn’t obvious before, learning English has so many up sides that it begs they question, “why wouldn’t you want to learn English?”