Today’s most in-demand business language skills

Whether you are about to join the workforce or a seasoned professional planning to take your career to the next level, learning a second language can be the decisive move that determines your future.

Text by Christian Kruse


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According to the World Economic Forum, the ten skills that will help you to succeed professionally in 2020 are:

  1. Complex problem-solving
  2. Critical thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People management
  5. Coordinating with others
  6. Emotional intelligence
  7. Judgment and decision-making
  8. Service orientation
  9. Negotiation
  10. Cognitive flexibility

Being bilingual clearly increases your cognitive flexibility. But if you look closely, all of these skills can be acquired and refined by learning a language. In addition, a second language is a highly regarded skill in itself. In this increasingly interconnected world, companies that operate (or aim to operate) internationally with customers, partners and talent distributed across the globe are looking for multilingual people. So, which languages are most in demand?

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