The Advantages for New Graduates of Being Bilingual in the Workforce
Speaking English fluently is considered as an indispensable prerequisite on the job market. It’s the n°1 language for business. Benefiting from a bilingual education is, for non-native English speakers, a strategic decision for the student’s future.
English: the language for global communication
We can also mention the influence of the Anglo-Saxon civilization during the 1900s through its culture, movies and music. Most notably the Beatles, with their simple and universal lyrics, whose songs inspired generations, and Hollywood with its internationally idolized stars. In the 21st century, as the language of international business, science, and pop culture, English has become the most important language in the world.
English in the workplace
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.
International travel and encounters with non-francophones are common situations in the workplace. For the bilingual student, these will seem a lot less intimidating. Being able to speak another language and having a dual culture reinforces as well the self confidence as it is a gateway to the world, to other traditions, and allows to be rid of biases. The world becomes a field of possibilities.
How the Dual Diploma enables a bilingual and multicultural education
This linguistic and cultural immersion allows members of the program to truly become bicultural and develop their open-mindedness on the world. They acquire advanced linguistic skills and enhance their academic record. With this additional asset up their sleeve, they can serenely start their higher education and already think about their future careers.
It is my belief that education can change the world. By providing my students with an engaging and effective learning environment, I am not just teaching them a skill but helping students become lifelong learners“