As you guys will be well aware, Young Academic is committed to all things education. As such, we thought it prudent to bring you some news from Rosetta Stone following this week’s European Day of Languages.
The leaders of technology based language learning solutions have uncovered some major drivers for adult language education.
In these ever competitive times, graduates and professionals are looking for ways to improve their career prospects by acquiring new skills and refining their existing ones. This will obviously help them to standout in the application process and improve their chances of landing that all important opportunity.
Recent youth unemployment figures show there are more than one million people looking for jobs in the UK today. The situation is looking ever bleaker with the Association of Graduate Recruiters reporting that there are as many as 73 applicants per graduate job vacancy.
Rosetta Stone’s recent research into the major motivations behind the decision to learn a new language, revealed that in order to get ahead at work (27%) plays a key part in this trend.
European wide project Language Rich Europe, sponsored by Rosetta Stone found over 50% of companies take languages into account when recruiting and that organisations are increasingly seeing multilingualism as a necessity in their workforces.
Indeed, Sylke Riester, Rosetta Stone’s European Managing Directors stated; “ What we are seeing now is a more definitive sense of motivation for learning languages than ever before – not only does an additional language create a point of differentiation, but it opens up a raft of possibilities for working abroad, or working more closely with overseas teams.”
“Whilst there may be a strategic reason for people’s choices and obvious pay-offs, there is no denying the confidence people get when they can speak another language.”
Rosetta Stone provides e-learning to individuals and private and public sector organisations in over 20 languages.
Major benefits of multilingualism in a workforce include citing fewer mistakes, increased efficiency, better cultural understanding and leadership development and candidates with existing language skills will obviously to be at a huge advantage.
Other major drivers for language learning which Rosetta Stone has identified – besides career prospects – are: travel and culture; ancestry and heritage and relationships and love.