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Even though both Hindi and English are the national languages of India, the Indian economy and its industrial counterparts seems to give preference to candidates with fluent English speaking and writing capability.
It is a fact that you need to possess English knowledge if you want to come across as a marketable candidate for job portals and someone worthy hiring by employers.
Sadly, not everyone is fluent in English and this becomes a stumbling block in career.
In this article, we articulate few reasons to make you understand the importance of English, hoping that it will motivate you to learn the language as well.
Opens More Employment Opportunities
It is not secret that if you are fluent in English, you will get a better preference over a non-English knowing counterpart.
I know this is a biased thinking as knowledge of language does not make up for skills, knowledge and talent but this is the brutal reality.
If you are weak in this field, it is recommended to join a reputed English speaking and writing course to increase employment opportunities.
Better Chances of Promotion
Again, this is a biased thinking with the industrial world but when you know English and can communicate via the language, you are seen as more capable and worthy.
Everyone appreciates and praises you.
Sometimes, this knowledge becomes a stepping stone towards a better career, that is, you are considered for promotion within the company first and then come the non-fluent in English colleagues.
Increases Travel Opportunities
Whether you want the company to send you abroad on assignments or whether you want to go abroad and work, knowledge of English is mandatory.
English is the global language of communication.
Therefore, you must possess at least knowledge of business English to become worthy.
Business English is slightly different from the English used on a daily basis.
It is called “business” English because it focuses on communication processes and mediums used by working professionals.
In fact, some English teaching institutes specialize only on business English.
Nonetheless, if you want to go abroad, first brush up your English knowledge and learn to read, speak, and write in English.
Provides Better Pay
We do not know the exact reason behind it but upon observation, it’s always that the person with better knowledge of English is considered to be more worthy of a higher pay package.
Call it bias or whatever, this trend exists in some companies.
However, you will not see this kind of bias in government institutions because there the pay scales are fixed, and both Hindi and English are the languages of communication.
Impression as a Global Individual
When you know English and can use it for communication, it instills in you a confidence and makes you a part of the global conundrum.
The 21st century is the era of globalization and the way businesses are done, English has become mandatory.
English is the “global language” and most often used for business communication.
Therefore, your knowledge of English will heavily influence career prospects.
Necessary for Technology
Between 2000 and 2013, the world has seen immense advancements in technology.
This technology is steadily adopted by industries and companies, and implemented in their business model.
English is the prime language of communication in our technologically enhanced world and thus, you need English knowledge to understand and use technology.
All in all, if you want to have a good career and go high, knowledge of English is a must, anywhere and everywhere.
Editor’s note: World history has shown that the Great Nation of Great Empire of that time usually dictates the language of trade being used. English was not always the trade language. In both the eastern and western cultures, this has been changing through the centuries. Even the languages themselves go through transitions. In the western hemisphere, Greek Roman, eventually Portuguese, Spanish, and then French have had their turns at being the trade language. Now it is English.
How long will English be the trade language? Probably as long as all of us live, it will be. China has adapted English as their second language and is mandatory in their schools. Will it be long before there will be more English spoken by Chinese than there are in the world? Will most everyone be speaking two language? Don’t know, but I do know their embracing of the English language will result in English being around for a very long time.
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