5 JOBS THAT BENEFIT FROM A SECOND LANGUAGE
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.