The ability to go from Spanish to English and back is becoming more and more useful, and sometimes, necessary. Focusing on the benefits of being a bilingual in the workforce, as a Spanish-English bilingual, I’ve gained many advantages from speaking two languages. Below are some reasons why being being a bilingual employee in the U.S. is really awesome.
Knowing two languages can help you be more marketable to potential employers. Consider the following statistic: the projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2060 is 128.8 million (31% of the U.S.A’s population by that date). The Hispanic population is increasing rapidly and companies are reacting to that. Being able to go from Spanish to English and back can give you an additional skill that employees are actively seeking. As you pursue different opportunities, being bilingual can give you that leg-up in getting certain jobs as well as help you in salary-negotiations.
Twice the languages, twice the relationships.
By being able to speak two languages, there is an opportunity to speak to more and different people. This can happen in your personal life, but also in your place of employment. Consider the fact that 75.1% of U.S residents 5 and older spoke Spanish at home in 2010. Knowing English and Spanish allows me to connect with other Spanish speakers. And with different languages, there is also different cultures attached. Learning or speaking a second language gives you the opportunity to experience a different culture and relate to other co-workers through their culture. This may not only enrich your life, but it can also help strengthen working relationships.
Spanish at home, options abroad
Besides the many benefits at home being a bilingual employee can bring, your bilingual skills can also open up doors to opportunities abroad.