Language Centre

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Valuing languages

Languages add to your skills profile no matter what field you are specialising in, widening your career horizons and helping you stand out in a demanding and competitive global market.

'English is the international language of business.'

It is true that English is often used as the main language of communication in cross-cultural collaboration and business transactions. However, collaborating, negotiating and trading successfully depends on more that being understood. It requires the capacity to establish a relationship of trust and a sense of mutual understanding. Teams also work together more smoothly if they have some understanding of their own approaches to work and relationships, which is usually gained through an appreciation of differences in other cultures. Learning a language will help you gain insight into the social, political and economic cultures of our neighbours and collaborators in Europe and in the wider world.

To compete in a global marketplace, UK graduates need to be able to communicate in continental European languages and increasingly in Asian languages like Mandarin Chinese, even if they plan to work in the UK. A good grounding in at least one modern foreign language will provide you with invaluable transferable skills for the job market – giving you not just fluency in a foreign language but also confidence, independence, flexibility and adaptability.

Graduates who have international experience are highly employable because they can demonstrate that they have drive, resilience and intercultural sensitivities, as well as language skills.