After learning how to write an effective resume or CV and receiving numerous tips about how to write a cover letter, you will have better opportunities for getting an interview but…have you thought about other candidates’ skills and the fact they too will have received these tips? After speaking to those responsible for candidate selection in many Human Resources Departments,, the importance of speaking language is clear - not only for getting a better job but also for developing the job into a successful career with international prospects.
If you choose to learn language in the country where the language is spoken, you will never regret the decision. Be sure that not only you will learn languages, you will also enjoy one of the most memorable experiences of your life - travelling to new countries, immersing yourself in different cultures, exploring famous historical buildings and museums and, most importantly, meeting equally ambitious students of all nationalities in your Language school.
Imagine learning Italian in the artistic and cultural surroundings of Florence, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe... for this, we can recommend the best Italian language schools in Florence. Being out in a country as famously spectacular as Italy, you’ll certainly win the attention of those at home. If your friends are organised enough to do the research, it will be easy (and cheap!) enough for them to come and see you. And it doesn’t matter where you go – even the big cities have cheap accommodation: Hoteles en Madrid are known as some of the most luxurious in the world but they also offer hostels and smaller scale hotels – your language school will certainly be able to advise and you’ll find yourself not missing so much the comforts of home.
You never know, having learnt the language and integrated into the culture, you may find yourself wanting to stay! For this, you’ll have to consider many options: what commitments you are leaving behind at home, whether you think you have enough language ability to live in that particular destination (perhaps in tourist areas you’d be fine but what about if you are thinking of a small town lifestyle?) and perhaps most importantly, how you would support yourself financially. If you decide to study, student loans, grants and part time jobs all make for a feasible income however, if you want to work, you’ll have to consider your competition. You may find that what you are qualified for in your home country doesn’t count for as much in your new country and so further training should always be thought of as a sensible option. To describe a case study: Perhaps you are a qualified nurse in England, have learnt Spanish (doing Spanish courses in Spain) primarily as a hobby but found you enjoy the pertaining Spanish lifestyle so much that you’d like to live it, why not consider cursos a distancia de auxiliar de enfermeria? The extra training will not only help you to learn industry relevant vocabulary (medicinal in this case) but also give you an idea of the foreign customs in operation within the industry (they can vary greatly between countries). Once qualified, you can go about doing what you did in your home country but with one difference, you’re in a country of your choice!
It is such a shame that the English speaking countries are lagging behind as far as language learning goes – they are really missing out! Germany and Holland are the examples to follow – with many choosing to do a sprachreise each year and so widen their horizons and career opportunities. Why not make the balance and learn German? Even as a hobby, you could enter in a pokern room and chat basic German to your fellow competitors whilst maybe even winning some money! Even in lesser known countries such as Sweden, it is common place for young people to leave home to explore the world whilst studying a Språkresor. Learn from the best and try it yourself!
If in-country language learning appeals, go for it! But, make sure to take the maximum advantage of your time abroad by exploring the region you are in. The principle cities of a country are often popular destinations when learning a language so before jetting off, do some research. If it is learning Spanish which appeals, whilst Madrid has a great Metro service for the inner city, choosing car hire Sevilla for example allows you to explore even further afield - this is a great option if you are in a region as culturally rich as Andalucia.
Or why not bring the culture to you? If you have ties at home (work, study or other commitments) and would find it difficult to be away from home for a prolonged period, you could always consider the option of a being a host to a foreign student wanting to "Estudiar ingles en Inglaterra". By doing so, you would gain an understanding of a different culture (and perhaps even learn a little of the language) without even having to leave home or interrupt your daily routine! Perhaps by being an EFL host teacher you make enough contacts to have free accommodation around the whole world!
Maybe you are interested in an international career or working in the Travel and Tourism sector? If so, we would like to make your choice easier by providing you with a short list of reputable resources for choosing a good language school abroad:
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