It’s a global economy and thus it makes sense to be bi-lingual or multi-lingual in order to be more marketable. More and more people are working overseas and even in developing nations like the Philippines, exporting skilled individuals is as common as taking a vacation. Developed nations like Australia are seeing some labor shortages and have been importing skilled labor in the IT and mining industries.
The difficulty in learning a new language for reasons of benefiting one’s career is the choice of language. A lot of people in the Western world would probably love to learn the French language but the question is would it benefit your career? Perhaps if a company has indeed some French connections and they are pursuing you then, yes, studying French is a no-brainer.
But what if you are just making yourself marketable?
The answer is to choose from languages by GDP. And if you are not familiar what they are, then here are the top ten languages by GDP:
These figures are quite old – about 9 years back prior to this writing. However, it’s always good to be aware of international trends. And as of late, the US has already recognized China as a superpower. China is also the USA’s biggest creditor. The resilience of the Australian economy is attributed to the economic relationship it has with China.
As with other countries: Japan has seen some setback happening to its economy especially in the wake of their nuclear crisis; the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) nations are on the rise; Brazil is dominating the Latin American economy; and the list goes on.
If you are planning to learn a new language, skate to where the puck will be – not where it is. That quote originated from Wayne Gretzky who is in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Not surprisingly enough, this quote has been echoed by Steve Jobs. And at present, the puck is on China’s and the BRIC nations.