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Career builders seeking to improve their careers should notice that this is an increasingly globalized world in which markets have become really transnational. Foreign languages are no longer just a plus: they have become a real must even if your native language is English. Your career education probably didn’t take into account how important it is to be fluent in one or two foreign languages (at least). Your career advice expert will certainly confirm this view and orientate you towards the foreign language input in your further career education.

You may learn languages by yourself or attending some classes at your own town, but this cannot substitute the real thing. Taking some time to take part in a true immersion language and culture course abroad may certainly prove a sound career investment.

Immersion courses have many advantages for your career (for example the sprachreise). First of all, the quality of your comprenhension and expression will be hard to match by people who have studied the same language at home. But, even more important, you’ll go back home with more than just the language learnt. You will have apprehended a part of the culture, the mentality and the way of life in the chosen country. The career implications of immersion courses are:

Intercultural learning that may help you to excel in relations with customers, providers and other business acquaintances from other countries, not just the one you visited. For example learning English whilst doing volunteer work in New Zealand will not only open the doors to this country to you but to Great Britain, the US, Australia and Canada too! And it’s not just a language you learn either – the memory skills in foreign language learning are very relevant to today’s business world and look great on your CV or resume – whether you need the language itself for your career or not!

• A boost to your general culture, as travelling may be considered the most intense and effective way of learning, over reading and coursework. A few weeks in a foreign country can produce an input of information and skills that will last forever. People will be eager to get to know you – many seeing the benefit of a one to one English class (which you too can take something away from, learning about their culture!) without the need to do a course abroad (a curso ingles extranjero or Sprachkurs USA for example). From here you may even inspire them – be it a by stepping into your teacher shoes and doing one of the many TEFL courses or taking a business language course which will teach them vocabulary very relevant to today’s professional world...Wouldn’t it be great to be the inspiration for changing someone’s career path?

• And of course, a real capacity to communicate with the speakers of the chosen language for any business purpose along the rest of your life. This is an asset you will sooner or later need, and you will then realize how well invested your time and money were when you took that immersion course. It may even be useful for a future job of yours and change your career path – perhaps you are inspired having learnt Spanish and would like to go on meeting Spanish people by teaching cursos inglés Londres. You should never forget the value of language learning!

• You may make contacts. And, furthermore, be able to visit your contacts even after the course has finished (imagine having friends in Paris and so having the excuse to stay in one of the glamorous hoteles there – or at least a fun youth hostel Paris!) With economic travel deals such as that of the Eurorail pass, you will have a home from home and so be able to reap all the professional benefits of knowing a different country – how the working culture works, what new innovations it may have, etc. – from a volunteer vacation Ireland to a prestigious banking internship on Canary Wharf, you won’t regret the opportunities language learning provides to your career!

Sites like this may advise you on the most prestigious providers of foreign language immersion courses for your career education purposes and your agencia de viajes can help you with the destination choice… So what are you waiting for?


Comprehensive career education glossary. Definitions of career education and career builder terms.

Adult basic education.    Adult general education    Adult secondary education.    Adult student.     Apprenticeship.    Aptitudes.   

Assessment.    Attributes.     Career.     Career branding.     Career Carnival.    Career change.    Career cluster.    Career coach.   

Career counseling.    Career exploration.    Career development.    Career fair.    Career guidance.    Career-Interest Inventory.    

Career mentoring.    Career objective.    Career paths.    Career planning.    Career program certificate.    Career resources.   

Career Trek.    Competencies (proficiencies).    Competency-based education.     Community Education.   

Continuing Workforce Education.    Co-operative career education    Cover letter.    Curriculum-Integrated program.   

CV. Curriculum Vitae.    Degree Vocational Education Program.    Demand occupation.    Distance education.    Doctorate.   

Dislocated worker.    Employability.    Entrepreneurial skills.    Formation.    Foundation skills.    Freelance career.    Head hunter.   

Home-based careers.    Human capital.    Human performance technology.    Human resources.    Immersion courses.    Internship.   

Job satisfaction.    Job shadowing.    Life coaching.    Lifelong learning.    Mentor.    Mentoring.    Moonlighting.    Motivation letter.   

Non-traditional careers.    Portfolio.    Postsecondary.    Prerequisite.    Real Game.    Resume.    Sabbatical year.   

School-to-career program.    Self-employment.    Self-instruction.    Skills.    Undergraduate.    Work-based learning.   

Work exploration.    Work readiness.    Work study.    Workforce development education.    Youth apprenticeship.

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