How bi- or multilingualism benefits MBA graduates and employers
21 June, 2016 09:00
How bi- or multilingualism benefits MBA graduates and employers
If you’ve recently graduated with an MBA and are now looking for an exciting new job then you are not alone. While the competition for good jobs has always been fierce it seems to be getting even more intense. This means that recent MBA graduates need to add to their skillsets in order to make themselves a more desirable employee with a competitive edge that will help them stand out from the crowd.
Many experts and employers agree that one of the most highly marketable and valuable skills is bilingualism or — better yet — multilingualism. In an increasingly global economy, the executive who has the ability to communicate across cultures will be highly sought after by companies looking to expand their corporate boundaries. (More)
Best Cities to Study Abroad
Education is one of the most important things in your life, and it pretty much sets the path you should be striding on as soon as you graduate. And there is a myriad of options to satisfy almost any preference. If you are looking to expatriate just so that you can get a degree in what you have always wanted, there will always be options. If you are struggling to choose an university, here are some of the best options worldwide. (More)
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The Cost Associated with More Students Studying Abroad
The path to becoming an expat can take many different routes. From falling in love and following your partner overseas to moving for adventure to studying abroad - there are many ways to start a new life in a new country. The latter is becoming increasingly popular with the amount of students studying abroad between 1980 and 2010 tripling. HSBC reports that "...more than three million people are studying for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a foreign country."
We often hear on expat blogs and in our series of expat interviews how a semester abroad can turn into a year, 10 years, a lifetime abroad. Programes like the European Erasmus program (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) make studying abroad easier than ever with compatible courses, grading system, and scholarships. Along with the benefits of an education, students that study abroad may gain greater independence, understanding of the world, and life experience.
A New Program: Erasmus for All
The Erasmus program was created in 1987 to ease cooperation between European universities and allow for full academic recognition of studies and qualifications throughout the Union. Erasmus offers the possibility of studying abroad in 33 countries for between 3 months and 1 year, with scholarships providing monthly funding at an average of €250 (depending on the destination and source). The program had proved popular with close to 3 million students participating. (More)
English Only in the UK: Lack of Languages Cost the Country
Everyone who has traveled or lived abroad can attest to the importance of knowing the language. Simple transactions like finding a bathroom and buying groceries can be ridiculously complicated without a basic understanding of the local language. But what about the situation back home? A new report from Education and Employers Task Force reveals that an inability to speak a foreign languages in the UK is costing the country billions. The report estimates that the UK is loosing 1.2 point of GDP (roughly £7.3 billion) with the majority of UK residents unable to speak any other language but English.
The Decline in Foreign Language
Beginning in the 1990s, a decline in foreign languages could be seen in the academic and work environment in the UK. This was accelerated after 2004 when a reform to the national curriculum made language learning at Key Stage 4 (KS4) or GCSE level optional. In response, fewer students took on foreign language courses and research shows a steep decline inattendance in the five years following 2004. (More)
How to find the Right International School
An education can make all the difference for a child's future. But finding the right school in an expat situation can be especially difficult. You may not be familiar with the education system in your adopted country, know other families, or have a firm plan for your family's future. By deciding with your child what you want, educating yourself about the norms and researching your options, you can prepare your child for a bright future.
Talk Like a Local - Learning a Foreign Language
English can take a traveler far. You can speak it in Shanghai, Los Angeles, London, Johannesburg, Auckland, or New York City for instance. Mandarin, Spanish, French, German, Italian can similarly carry a traveler to distant lands. But if you want to stay and become part of a place, learning the language is more than a necessary step. It is an essential tool to understanding your adopted culture and people.
Kolik jazyku znas, tolikrat jsi clovekem.
You live a new life or every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.
In our new series of "____ Like a Local", we provide tips to avoid the worst faux pas and an overview of standards around the world. (For more tips on fitting in, read Eat Like A Local, Date Like a Local, Tip Like a Local, Stay Healthy like a Local, and Greet Like A Local).
Methods of Learning
Determining what kind of learning style best fits you will help you determine what kind of education you should pursue. (More)
Top MBA programs in Europe
In recent years, there has been an explosion of European MBA programs. And with it, comes an inevitable explosion of MBA rankings as well. While different rankings rate schools on different criteria, here are some of the consistent top performers on most European MBA rankings. (More)
Thinking of doing an MBA?
Choosing an MBA program is always a tough decision. Here are some things to bear in mind and choices to make before opting for your MBA.
1 year versus 2 years?
In recent times, many well recognized European Management Schools have introduced one year programs which have offered MBA students an alternative to the two year full time courses offered by the American universities. Here are a couple of factors that can help you make your decision on which program to go for.
One year programs offer the obvious cost and time savings by cramming a more intensive curriculum into the schedule. While this is a massive advantage for time pressed and cash strapped students, there a few downsides to it. (More)