We live in a multilingual, multicultural world. Being able to communicate in more than one language will allow you to seize global opportunities and will put you on a par with your multilingual international peers. Only 6% of the world's population speak English as a first language and 75% of the world's population don't speak any English.
Employers value language skills for their potential to open up new markets and the ability to communicate with customers and clients. Surveys regularly show that businesses recognise foreign language skills among their employees as beneficial. You do not necessarily have to be fluent in a foreign language as many employers are looking for people with conversational competence. Learning a new language today, or building on what you already know, will make you more successful in your academic and future career in the global economy, and will have a profound benefit to the quality of your life, socially and intellectually.
"I went to China last year to volunteer at a panda breeding base and had the opportunity to practise my Chinese. Having previously been to China I knew how difficult it could be with the language barrier, but learning Chinese just made the experience a whole lot easier and enjoyable."