Multilingualism Career Advantages
Proficiency in a world language can not only help a job seeker stand out, it can also open doors to opportunities that those without world language skills might miss.
A recent survey from Los Angeles-based recruiter Korn/Ferry International found that nearly 9 out of 10 headhunters in Europe, Latin America, and Asia say that being at least bilingual is critical for success in today’s business environment. Sixty-six percent of North American recruiters agreed that being bilingual will be increasingly important in the next 10 years.
In 2014, individuals entering the workforce with second language fluency could expect an additional 10 to 15 percent pay increase. (Ryan McMunn, CEO, BRIC Language Systems)
Research from Rosetta Stone found that people who speak at least one world language have an average annual household income that’s $10,000 higher than English household income of those who only speak English. And approximately 17 percent of those who speak at least one world language earn more than $100,000 a year.
The individual sectors with a strong demand for bilingual workers include finance, government, manufacturing, sales, service industry, and technology among others.
With these statistics in mind, the Live A Language Foundation is working to assure Cincinnati Public School students have the same career “leg-up” as their counterparts in other educational institutions.
LAL and Medical Interpreter/Translator Careers
Live A Language is currently supporting CPS graduates in acquiring Medical Interpreter/Translator Certification. Live A Language and Global to Local Language Solutions are providing registration scholarships to CPS graduates proficient in two or more languages to take Cincinnati State Technical & Community College’s preparation course for Medical Interpreter/Translator Certification tests. Today, regulatory agencies, such as the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), The Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and Medicare require adherence to medical interpreting standards (including HIPAA & Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) making medical interpretation a highly desirable career choice.
The Cincinnati State’s 15 week enhanced course curriculum encompasses: language access compliance, medical terminology, anatomy, trends, and industry best practices…skills necessary for students to acquire in preparation for taking the national interpreter certification exam. The course ensures Ohio interpreters meet the requirements of local medical organizations for a new interpreter to become a valuable part of the medical community. Access to a qualified interpreter can mean the difference between life and death for some patients. A well trained, certified Interpret can help ensure non-English speaking patients receive the best care possible and improve the overall patient experience and treatment outcomes. National certification places CPS graduates ahead of their peers in the medical interpreting industry with respect to advanced opportunities and higher wages.
World Language Resources
The Ohio Department of Education provides resources for World Language teachers. One of these valuable resources is a series of videos demonstrating the importance of multi and bilingualism in a variety of careers.
The Ohio Foreign Language Association (OFLA) has created a research-based checklist/rubric to assist world language teachers in integrating technology into their curriculum.