Globalization and technology have opened the markets to trades, and allowed goods and services to be rapidly sold at the other side of the world. The development of new technologies and the internet has also allowed to connect people and countries with each other, in an unforeseen way. Students are aware of this. As specified by Karin Colinet, an English teacher and a Program Director of the Academica Dual Diploma
at Saint Joseph de Trivoli in Bordeaux, in an interview given to Avenuedesecoles.com, “This diploma shows that the student is able to take on challenges like a dual qualification, that they are open minded and that they have he tools to approach the international world of today and tomorrow. A strength that will also be recognized by future employers.” On the companies’ end, they take into account these continuous changes if they want to remain internationally relevant. This has had an impact on the evolution of many trades. How to communicate, for an international company, without having mastered the language understood and spoken by most consumers? How to negotiate foreign contracts or export products without using English?
In an interconnected world, the advantages of bilingualism to build a career are undeniable. Speaking English fluently is considered an indispensable prerequisite on the job market. It is the n°1 language for business. Benefiting from a bilingual education is a strategic decision for the student’s future. Many recruiters deem crucial that their collaborators be bilingual or at least speak English fluently in order to participate to the development and growth of their company. It is, moreover, one of the most asked for skill on the job market. The absence of this skill can be eliminatory. Becoming bilingual in English would then enable more professional opportunities and to access to senior positions. Furthermore, in the workplace in France, English has invaded the daily vocabulary via American startups. English expressions make their way into everyday conversations: “meeting”, “team”, “deadline”, “pitch”, and many more. Knowing how to speak English also helps to exchange within French companies.