What does the future hold?
An often-asked question, many of us would like to know what the future holds. Although it would be nice to know Saturday’s winning lottery numbers in advance, one thing we can say for certain is that the English language will continue to be important in business, international relations, science and research.
Did you know that globally, around 85 percent of all international organisations use English as one of their working languages? Further recent studies pointed to the fact that more than eight in ten academic journals are written in English.
Cambridge English Language Assessment recently surveyed 5,300 employers in 38 countries. They found that learning and maintaining your level of English could bring real future benefits. Survey respondents all over the world viewed English as important – and in the UK in particular, 98% of employers said that English is essential for their business.
According to Professor Francesco Profumo of the Politecnico di Torino in Italy, English is the real global language and is important in education, relations and companies. He went on to mention that he is also the Chairman of one of the largest Italian Bank Foundations and the organisation works with more than a hundred countries – in English.
However, what are the career benefits of learning English elsewhere in the world? Even in countries where English is not an official language, half of the employers who responded said that people with good English language skills still enjoy career advantages. These include:
- Better starting salaries.
- Faster promotion.
- Higher salary increases.
Employers reported that the most important language skills are reading (in twelve industries) and speaking (in eight industries).
Reading in English is also key to developing professional knowledge, as it is the language of most international publications, contracts and instructions.
Speaking skills are especially required in service industries – travel, hospitality and customer service.
Overall, employers wanted all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening). It is important to practise all of them and maintain your level.
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