5 JOBS THAT BEN­E­FIT FROM A SEC­OND LAN­GUAGE

The Weekend Post - - Careers -

REAL ES­TATE

1 This sec­tor is com­pet­i­tive, with agents vy­ing for the best listings. A sales agent who can speak a sec­ond lan­guage can sell to a wider range of buy­ers so has a com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage.

HO­TEL SER­VICE

2 Tourists come to Aus­tralia from all over the world so ho­tel ser­vice man­agers who can speak in a vis­i­tor’s first lan­guage can pro­vide bet­ter cus­tomer ser­vice.

COM­PUTER PRO­GRAM­MING

3 Cod­ing lan­guages are com­monly used in the soft­ware sec­tor, but pro­gram­mers would do well to speak a for­eign lan­guage, too. Many IT roles are un­re­stricted by ge­o­graph­i­cal bar­ri­ers, so work­ers may need to work with col­leagues across the world.

NURS­ING

4 Hos­pi­tals and surgery can be daunt­ing, so hav­ing a nurse who speaks a pa­tient’s first lan­guage can make a big dif­fer­ence to their com­fort. The nurse can ex­plain pro­ce­dures and after-care re­quire­ments with­out de­tails be­ing lost in trans­la­tion.

TRANS­LAT­ING

5 Trans­la­tors re­move lan­guage bar­ri­ers and are of­ten used in busi­ness meet­ings and in the me­dia. So­cial pro­fes­sion­als, in­clud­ing his­to­ri­ans and trans­la­tors, ben­e­fit from be­ing mul­ti­lin­gual.

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