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5 Languages That Will Earn You The Most Money

5 Languages That Will Earn You The Most Money

Deciding to learn a new language is one thing.

Deciding which of the most useful languages to learn is another. This is the question we’re going to address today.

We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of learning a language, such as clearing our mind to improve our decision making skills.

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    But did you know that it can help you make more money?

    You’ve probably heard the popular saying by Warren Buffet, “the more you learn, the more you earn.” It turns out this rule applies more than ever for learning a new language.

    Even with the addition of over 295,000 jobs in the United States, there are millions of people struggling to find full-time work, or any work at all.

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    The good news is, learning a language has shown to not only increase your chances of finding amazing work opportunities, but it’s shown to increase your earnings.

    CareerBuilder.com’s hiring forecast showed that 39 percent of U.S. employers said they plan to hire bilingual candidates, and half said that if they had two equally qualified candidates, they would be more inclined to hire the bilingual one.

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    Learning a language has shown to add between 10–15% to your wage, according to language specialist recruitment agency, Euro London.

    This only goes to show that learning a language is a wise investment for anyone, at any age, whether you’re preparing to enter the workforce, or looking to expand your opportunities.

    Assuming an average salary of around $45,000, a 2% “language bonus” average over 40 years, and also a 1% raise annually, you’d have an extra $67,000 by the time you retire. Since you can learn a new language quickly with the right solution, that’s a pretty good investment of your time.

    What’s more, salary bonuses vary depending on the exact language in which you’re proficient. Here’s a quick breakdown of a few different secondary languages and their annual bonuses as reported by The Economist:

    • Spanish — 1.5 percent bonus
    • French — 2.3 percent bonus
    • German — 3.8 percent bonus
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      This means that you can make an additional $50,000 to $125,000, just for knowing how to speak a foreign language!

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      Expand your career opportunities

      More importantly, with the rise of globalization, there’s an exponential demand for jobs that require a foreign language.

      Interpreters and translators are among the top five fastest growing occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with opportunities expected to increase by 46% between 2012 and 2022. For example, members of the U.S. military can earn up to $1,000 more per month if they are proficient in multiple languages.

      You can open your doors to new career opportunities, such as becoming a Game Translator for Nintendo, where you’ll be paid to translate video games!

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        5 of the most useful languages to learn

        Let’s dig into the 5 most useful languages to learn if you want to make more money and improve your career.

        1. German

        As we shared in the graph above, German is known to be the best language that will earn you the big bucks, earning you over 125,000 (Euros) in bonuses!

        This may come as a surprise to many people, because one would assume a language like Mandarin, Japanese, or Spanish, with a higher GDP (by language) will correlate to higher earnings. While this is true for most cases, German is a special case, as Germany is one of the three European powerhouses. This means that the language will be more economically valuable for an outsider than the language of a relatively more closed economy.

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          2. French

          With over 200M people in 5 different continents around the world speaking French, you can see why it ranks as one of the most useful languages to learn.

          At first glance, French may appear to be spoken by only those living in France, but it happens to be the second most widely learned language after English. Knowing how to speak French opens the doors to French companies in not only France, but other French-speaking parts of the world such as Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa. As the world’s fifth biggest economy and number-three destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.

          For students looking to pursue their Masters or MBA degrees, knowing French can act as a big advantage. Renown French universities and business schools are ranked as some of the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students who can speak French are eligible for additional scholarship opportunities, which can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the end.

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            3. Spanish

            Over the past decade, knowing how to speak Spanish has not only been an advantage for job seekers, but it’s become a necessity. In the United States and Europe, Spanish is the foreign language of choice after English, and it’s also the official language to over four continents around the world.

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              No matter what industry you are in, the numbers alone present a strong case to learn Spanish, especially in business. In addition to the sheer number of people you can reach by knowing how to speak Spanish, countries like Mexico, Chile, and Colombia are quickly becoming a powerhouse in the global economy.

              Here’s the cherry on top of the sundae: Spanish is the easiest language out of the most useful languages to learn, if you already speak English!

              4. Mandarin

              It’s no secret that China is the world’s new dominant economy, with a growing influence from Africa to the Americas. If you’re in business, then China is a goldmine of opportunities, with over a billion people that you can target.

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              According to London-based search firm Ascentator, demand for executive positions by American and multinational companies in China has risen 35 percent from the previous years, echoing similar figures from other recruiting firms.

              However, unlike Spanish, Mandarin is a complicated language to learn.

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                The good news is, everyone knows it. If you can manage to learn Mandarin, you can bet that your future boss and co-workers will be impressed.

                5. Arabic

                The Arab world is recognized as one of the wealthiest regions in the world, with over $600B in GDP. The size of the Middle Eastern economy alone as a whole has increased by approximately 120% in the five year period from mid-2003 to mid-2008.

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                  Due to the abundance of market opportunities in the Middle East, Western Arabic speakers are in very high demand, but in very low supply. Those who speak Arabic have the opportunity to develop an international career in a variety of industries such as education, finance, journalism, foreign services and more.

                  What’s your favorite out of the 5 most useful languages to learn?

                  We’d love to hear from you below.

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                  5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

                  5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

                  When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

                  What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

                  The Dream Type Of Manager

                  My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

                  I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

                  My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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                  “Okay…”

                  That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

                  I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

                  The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

                  The Bully

                  My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

                  However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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                  The Invisible Boss

                  This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

                  It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

                  The Micro Manager

                  The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

                  Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

                  The Over Promoted Boss

                  The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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                  You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

                  The Credit Stealer

                  The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

                  Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

                  3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

                  Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

                  1. Keep evidence

                  Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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                  Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

                  Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

                  2. Hold regular meetings

                  Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

                  3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

                  Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

                  However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

                  Good luck!

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