English is a language which is used globally and you can find English speaking people in mostly all continents and countries. It is an important language to learn if someone is travelling to other countries for work, business or even for vacation. English is of utmost importance for job seekers in almost any field be it technology, marketing, operations or even Human resources. Reading and writing skills of English language not only make your life easier in your native country but will also help you in becoming job ready even for international opportunities. According to the SAGE handbook of sociolinguistics, the migrants born in English speaking country were more likely to be employed (88%) than from non-English speaking countries (76%) (Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)
English language proficiency in the residents of a country also leads to the growth in per capita income of that country. Also, Indicators like gross national income (GNI) and GDP go up in a country, having more number of people who are proficient in English.
English language skills are so essential that the lack of it might be a reason for thousands of people not being able to find jobs.
Even when the candidates are being shortlisted on basis of resume, English skills are prerequisite. That is because 61 percent of recruiters will automatically dismiss a resume because it contains typos (Careerbuilder). Similarly, 43 percent of hiring managers will disqualify a candidate from consideration because of spelling errors (Adecco) (Source:https://www.ere.net/why-you-cant-get-a-job-recruiting-explained-by-the-numbers/)
Here are some key points on how enhancing your English language skills would be fruitful for you:
Most spoken language worldwide:
According to a survey in stastica.com English is the most spoken language worldwide with 1500 million English speakers out of which only 375 million are native speakers. (https://www.statista.com/statistics/266808/the-most-spoken-languages-worldwide/). That means English speaking skills opens your gateway to communicate with thee 1500 million people across the world.
People in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, parts of Africa, India, and many smaller island nations speak English. English is the commonly adopted second language in countries like Germany, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
English is the language internet speaks in
It is also the most used language across internet as most of the websites use English language to display their content. This also makes the availability of a broader range of information, connections, and opportunities to share ideas
Even most of the online manuals, product installation guides and online learning courses are available in English before being translated to other languages. Not only this, even most of the videos on YouTube, songs and entertainment material online is available in English.
It offers global market for business and Job
English has been the language of international trade since centuries. So, being an expert in English opens the possibilities of expanding the business as it gives a boost to lot of business processes like making partnerships, attending international business conferences, getting more clients, etc.
Most of the jobs nowadays involve knowhow of technology for which knowledge of English language is must. The jobs in other departments like human resource, marketing, operations, support, Content management also require excellent English speaking and writing skills. The Commonwealth of Nations which consists of 50-plus countries also offers job opportunities to those who can communicate effectively in English.
Some of the best universities and educational institutes worldwide located in Great Britain, Unites States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore where the main language of providing instructions is English. Also in most of the colleges which provide courses in Health sciences, Engineering, Business administration, etc. the primary language used is English. Even for scientists and researchers knowledge of English is really an important asset as most of research papers, journals and thesis are published in English.
It’s easy and fun to learn
It is easy to learn as there are lot of resources available online where you can learn from like TV shows, movies, books, articles, etc.
Also, English was made by help of Romans and French culture which makes it easier for French speakers to learn English. That is the same reason why it comprises of Latin words and Germanic phrases. Because of these facts English knowledge also makes easier to learn other languages like French and Latin.
Huge demand of English teachers across the globe
There is an increasing demand of people who can teach English worldwide. Some of the examples to show these points are: Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong stated in June, 2015 that more than 300 million Chinese are learning English. (Source: https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/faq/bid/102201/how-large-is-the-job-market-for-english-teachers-abroad). Also, according to a 2013 study by GSV Advisors for Pearson English, one of the largest English language training companies in the world, English language instruction for non-native speakers is a $63 billion a year industry. (Source: https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/faq/bid/102201/how-large-is-the-job-market-for-english-teachers-abroad). According to an article on Forbes.com, there are an estimated 100,000 native English speakers are teaching English in China. (Source: https://www.internationalteflacademy.com/faq/bid/102201/how-large-is-the-job-market-for-english-teachers-abroad)
Opportunities in Business processing outsourcing centers and in The Information Technology enabled Services (ITeS) sector
ITES sector has made a huge impact on Indian economy and given a career scope to thousands of people who are fluent in English as most of the BPO’s use English as a defacto option for communication with clients and customers. ITES services offer various opportunities to interested candidates like in call Centre, medical transcription, medical billing and coding, back office operations, payrolls, logistics management, GIS (Geographical Information System to name a few.( Source: https://www.ibef.org/industry/information-technology-india.aspx )
The huge demand in this field can be figured out from the following facts:
- The global sourcing market in India continues to grow at a high pace. The global IT & ITeS market (excluding hardware) reached US$ 1.2 trillion in 2016-17, while the global sourcing market increased by 1.7 times to reach US$ 173-178 billion. India remained the world’s top sourcing destination in 2016-17 with a share of 55 per cent. Indian IT & ITeS companies have set up over 1,000 global delivery centres in over 200 cities around the world.( Source: https://www.ibef.org/industry/information-technology-india.aspx )
- The demand for Indian BPO services has been growing at an annual growth rate of 50%. The Indian BPO sector is soon to employ over 1.1 million Indians ( Source: https://www.outsource2india.com/india/bpo-industry-india.asp )
If you are looking forward to enhancing your English speaking, reading, listening and writing skills, you must join the Pearson Global English Go course we have recently launched on Millionlights( http://(https://www.millionlights.org/Course/AboutCourse?id=121&type=&pe=1). Global English offers a comprehensive learning experience that leverages assessments, self-paced, blended structured learning to provide a comprehensive Business English learning experience. This would help you getting ahead in career and overcoming challenges you are facing due to lack of English skills.