Teach English in Xiangshi Zhen - Zhangjiajie Shi

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Looking at a variety of job postings it is noticeable that the vast majority lists fluency in English as a requirement or at least a wished-for skill. English speakers are needed in almost all business areas nowadays, as most businesses do not limit their activities to their home market. In the tourism sector, English is unavoidable, but all other industries rely on bilingual or multilingual staff just as much. In a more and more globalized world, many businesses work internationally and, therefore, require their employees to speak English. Open borders and an increasing number of trade agreements affect the international commerce and its big and small players – the companies. In order to be successful and establish themselves in the international market, companies need skilled personnel. Besides special expertise that is required for the job, recruiters increasingly look for career neutral skills – also called soft skills. These include general communication skills, which are enhanced by being able to speak a second language. English is an official language in a lot of countries around the world and named a global language. Many companies use tools in English or have their whole internal communication in English, if they are an internationally oriented enterprise. Additionally, English is often the only medium of communication in international trade. When companies have fully exhausted their domestic capacities or simply wish to increase their presence, they turn to other countries and start exporting or even expanding their facilities to other parts of the world. Suddenly finding themselves working internationally, they rely on their employees’ language skills to become successful abroad. Miscommunication can cost a company millions, as deals might not happen or get cancelled. Clients are multinational, investors might come from various countries, and many business men will have to attend at least one international conference during their career. As companies are increasingly looking for English skills in their employees, those who already have a good knowledge of the language will stand apart from the crowd. If two candidates show the same work experience during an interview, but one is more fluent in a second language, chances are this candidate will be chosen. Competition in the job market is high. Therefore, being able to communicate well in multiple languages can be of great advantage. Being able to speak a language other than one’s mother tongue can be an indication for further personal traits. People who take the time to actively learn usually display a high study ethic, which can be transferred to the work place. As they have already proven to study hard to acquire a new language, it is easier to convince recruiters of their equally high work ethic. It will, without question, open a wider range of opportunities for these men and women. On one hand, international companies are eager to hire qualified personnel. On the other hand, it will also enlarge the own opportunities. Employees will usually receive a higher pay and might be given more authority. This can include being responsible for colleagues in a branch abroad. Furthermore, they will be more likely to get offered jobs that require a lot of traveling or working overseas for a certain amount of time. These job positions usually go hand in hand with a pay raise. Speaking a foreign language often means that the person has also been exposed to another culture. This experience becomes more and more important in today’s world. Staff need to be able to show interest in business partners and clients. If employees know about their opposites’ culture and customs, they can more easily adapt to it and chances are that the business will be successful. Summarizing, it can be said that English is becoming inevitable in the work place and people who speak English will always have an advantage in the hiring process as well as on the job afterwards. They can communicate well with international business partners and clients, but might also have to use English on a day to day basis, because the company is a global player.