3 July 2019 by Suzanne Rose
Having a language on your CV is no longer a desirable extra. The UK loses out on £48bn every year due to a lack of language skills and employers are on the lookout for linguists.
But which language to choose?
Here’s why learning German is essential to your skill set.
- It’s in high demand
Job seekers with German language skills are the most sought after by employers in the UK. 45% of companies* seek out German speakers ahead of Spanish, French and Mandarin. In the UK, German companies account for around 315,000 jobs. Germany is not only the largest economy in Europe but also currently our biggest trading partner.
- Stand out from the crowd
Only around 7% of the UK population can hold a conversation in German compared to 15% in French. While uptake of Spanish at GCSE has increased, German has seen a decline. Fewer speakers plus the increasing demand from employers, means German is fast becoming a valuable, niche skill.
- Connect with 100 million native speakers
German is the most widely spoken native language in Europe. In addition to Germany and Austria it is also one of the official languages of Switzerland, Belgium, Liechtenstein and Luxembourg. Many German companies require employees to have 2 languages so adding German to your repertoire could increase your opportunities for work and study.
- It shows dedication
When you start out in German it’s easy to think you’ll never manage to get one sentence out. But sticking with it shows a great commitment to regular practice, overcoming problems and finding solutions. Many employers seek language speakers as they have a greater ability to see situations from a different angle and think on their feet.
- It’s not as difficult as you think!
In German there are a lot of hurdles to get over to begin with. The good news is German is a highly-structured language, so once you’ve learned the basics, it becomes much easier to learn. German and English also share many similarities. The pronunciation is much closer to English, so getting a good accent is much easier than in French for example.
Languages are set to become even more important for the UK as we leave the EU. So why not choose German? Be different, get ahead and get noticed.
At Quest Language Training, we offer a range of German classes to suit all levels from Beginners German to Advanced. You can learn German 1 to 1 or in small groups to a maximum of 12.
Contact us by email or call 07708 038 328