/ Asked by Sarah
Would learning another language while in college be beneficial for a career later on? I'm not sure how often engineers are sent on international business trips but I've been interested in learning one and if it helps with work that would be great.
Answered by Ellen, Hiring Expert at Hospira, on Monday, March 30, 2015
This is a great question and I believe it would be beneficial later in life.  By the way, not everyone would agree with my statement.  Here is why I feel this way.  You can carve out a niche in the market with language skills.  Knowing an additional language can be extremely valuable in conducting international business.  It is also a known fact that speaking a second lanaguage will boost wages over time.  Languages like Spanish and Mandarin tend to be second languages of choice but German and Russian are also great languages to be fluent in.  This is a personal choice but one that is work pursuing if you have a passion.  If you study abroad you can take advantage of the language skills to perfect them.  I hope you move in this direction.  It will serve you well in the long-term!  Good luck!
Answered by Tanya, Hiring Expert at Merck & Co., Inc., on Monday, March 30, 2015
Learning a second language is always a great skill that can be very useful in the future. in our company we offer international assignments for our engineers in places such as Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Spanish and Mandarin are two of the most common business languages in the world so learning one of these, if you have an interest would be helpful.
Answered by Kaitlin, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Learning a second language would be beneficial for you. It is a great skill to have when going on job interviews. You have a skill that many candidates probably don’t have if you learned a second language. Companies are always looking for individuals that can speak more than one language when they are expanding overseas or already have offices in other countries. If you are able to, think about visiting a country that speaks the language you are learning. This will give you experience in speaking the language with the locals and learning about their culture.
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Wednesday, April 1, 2015
When I think about my own career search and how my resume, experience, special skills and interests stack up against a similarly qualified candidate, I give a lot of thought to the question...what is going to set me apart?  This is something a busy recruiter is also thinking about when they are looking through resumes or profiles of people they may (or may not) try and connect with.  So, what does that look like for you?  Being able to include business fluency in an additional language may very well give you the edge you need. 

We are living in a global economy where the needs of the business you work in and for can shift and grow at a rapid pace.  If you have the time, inclination and proclivity to learn another language and learn it well, then it is worthwhile.  Good luck!
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