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Great Job Skills and How to Gain Them



Learning English is a great way to give you a better option in the job market. Multi-lingual applicants do much better in business and other international careers than monolinguals (people who speak only one language).

You can pick up even more job skills during your lessons, inside and outside of the classroom. We came across this Forbes list of the 10 most critical job skills to get yourself into a great job, and noticed how many of them were found in people learning languages!

1. Critical Thinking:  Use reasoning and logic to help you solve complex problems.
Studying a new language in the classroom will help you grow critical thinking skills by solving language problems, including how to make yourself understood. You'll also use your logic when working on group projects and making connections between different words, phrases and contexts.

2. Complex Problem Solving: Identifying problems and finding the appropriate information to resolve them.
Speaking a new language is always a challenge! There are not many greater problems than making yourself understood in a language that isn't your own. Learning a language and using it regularly will help boost your brain power and help you to make more connections.  Psychology Today was just one source revealing that bilingual people are better problem-solvers.

3. Judgement and Decision-Making:  Decide between a series of options and choose the best.
In a classroom, you'll have many opportunities to use your judgement when working on assignments. However, you will also use your decision-making outside, when you live in an English-speaking location. Learn when to use certain types of language and the best way to communicate what you need.

4. Active Listening: Giving others full attention and taking the time to understand them.
Active listening is one of the most essential skills when learning another language. Without your full attention, learning a language is an even more difficult process. When you live in a country to learn a different language, every experience you have requires active listening – from going to the bank to ordering a coffee! Those skills are great in the workplace, and help you stand out among other applicants.

5. Monitoring:  Assessing your own performance and the performance of others.
Learning with others in an active, group setting will give you the chance to monitor your own work and discover your own strengths and weaknesses. You will also find yourself helping those around you who need a bit of a boost! Plus, if you're studying in a blended learning classroom, you'll have the chance to see and judge your own progress at home with online activities and extracurricular studying.

Source: Kaplan International

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