Attention emigrants: important information about language skills
Emigrating to a foreign country and building a new life there is a lucrative idea for many Immigrants. While this scenario is a long-cherished dream for many, it also represents the last chance for others to regain a foothold in the world of work. Regardless of which “division” you ultimately belong to – an adaptation to the new cultural area is essential and also includes acquiring knowledge of the official language there.
Organisations can no longer rely on English as the common language of business, as global competition increases, but are prepared to invest in the foreign language skills of their employees. International customers prefer to do business in their own language and a multi-lingual workforce will give you the competitive edge.
How should I go about learning languages?
In general, of course, emigrants should start learning the respective language before entering the country, so that they can demonstrate the language skills required for a visa. In the target country, you can of course expand your knowledge of the foreign language in a local language school. However, it can also be advantageous to travel to a “nearby” country for a short language trip before emigrating, for example to take an English course in England, which will then give you a good start in the desired destination. This is especially true for the typical emigration countries Australia and New Zealand, which have very strict immigration conditions and require a good knowledge of English.
Business courses increase the chances on the job market
But of course, passing the language test does not mean that you will find a job immediately after receiving your entry permit. This often requires even more specific language lessons, which thanks to so-called business courses are tailored directly to professional life. Such language courses are offered by all reputable language schools in the respective national language and convey the vocabulary and knowledge that is required, for example, for contract negotiations or the drafting of contracts.
Ultimately, everyone should be aware that moving the center of life abroad is always a risk, but with enough initiative, the risk can be reduced. A language trip is certainly helpful in this regard!