By learning another language, you make yourself more attractive to potential employers, offering a skill that is highly relevant to Europe’s increasingly mobile and multicultural workforce.
By spending time working in a foreign country, you acquire not only language competency, but also first-hand experience of a different work culture. There are practical advantages too, as the skills and experience abroad mean you can be more mobile and competitive, qualities that look attractive on your CV and can help advance your career.
Recent skills audits have shown that 20% of companies believe they have lost business because of lack of language skills, while 25% experience problems in handling international business.
To encourage companies to take the next step, the EU offers financial support through the Leonardo da Vinci programme. A part of the programme specifically supports mobility projects. These projects enable you to develop your skills and, at the same time, gain work experience in another European country.
Participation in vocational exchanges can help to increase a company’s international business contacts and enhance its European profile. Proficiency in languages helps to build trust between international companies and returning employees will have more balanced views and skills which can be adopted into the company’s own internal processes.