FCE Essay Topic: Learning an additional language is a good way to improve your job prospects.

Your classmates and you have been talking about CV writing and job searching. Now your English teacher has asked you to write an essay and provide examples and reasons for your point of view. 

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement:

Learning an additional language is a good way to improve your job prospects.

Notes:

Write about:

  • new job opportunities
  • chance to be promoted
  • your own idea

You must answer this question. Write your answer in 140- 190 words in an appropriate style on the separate answer sheet.

Sample essay:

Learning a language broadens your horizons. Some even claim, myself included, that second language acquisition unquestionably helps secure your next position. So, why is speaking another language from employer perspective so important?

Firstly, nowadays, companies hire a diverse range of employees from various backgrounds and ethnicities. As business transactions are done worldwide, ability to demonstrate that you can speak a language of the company’s business partner gives you an advantage over other candidates, plus it opens the door to totally new job possibilities. For example, there are plenty of British companies opening their branches in Asia or South America. And exactly these companies will be seeking individuals fluent in at least two languages.

Moreover, second language fluency allows you to stand out amongst the crowd. When Markus, a Spanish friend of mine who speaks English perfectly, applied for a manager’s position in his company, it came as a surprise when his CEO, has promoted my friend over a more experienced Brit. 

In conclusion, I strongly agree with the fact that second language acquisition plays a significant part when job hunting, it not only gives you a chance to expand your search towards other continents but it also makes you a more valuable employee.