Bilingualism enables professionals to enter global markets

QCOSTARICA – In today’s interconnected world, having bilingual skills is becoming increasingly valuable. Companies everywhere want to expand into global markets and build strong relationships with people from different cultures, and need people who can communicate in multiple languages.

According to reports from the Costa Rican Coalition of Development Initiatives (CINDE), more than 22,000 new jobs were created in 2022, and as of March 2023, another 3,500 jobs were opened that required bilingualism. And in 2022, Costa Rica ranked 37th out of 111 countries in the world for English proficiency – second in Latin America, fIt is occupied by Cuba, Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile – According to EF English Proficiency Index.

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Based on this reality, the issue of bilingualism becomes relevant and promotes a strategic value within companies operating or starting to operate in Costa Rica, since they want their collaborators to communicate in different languages ​​and adapt to the changing needs of the global market.

  • Globalization: Globalization has led to increased trade and business relations between countries with different languages ​​and cultures. As a result, there is a high demand for professionals who can communicate with people from different parts of the world in their own language.
  • Labor Capacity: Bilingual professionals have a competitive advantage in that they can stand out from others who speak only one language and communicate with a wide and diverse audience.
  • Internationalization of companies: Companies around the world are expanding with branches and subsidiaries in various countries, requiring people who can serve these markets and have the ability to seamlessly interact with the organization and customers.
  • Increased demand for services: As the population becomes increasingly diverse, the demand for services in different languages ​​has increased. Bilingual professionals are essential in fields such as technology, healthcare, services, education, social and government services, where communication with people from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds is required.
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„A country that graduates professionals through a second language strengthens its economy by communicating effectively with international companies and clients. This leads to increased business opportunities and hence exports, foreign investment and job opportunities. At ULACIT, we are proud to be the only bilingual university in the country, and We are proud to contribute to the fact that more than five thousand of our students have benefited from our teaching design and are now professionals in a globalized environment.

The expert observed that Costa Rica has made progress in language management, but there is a high demand for professionals that recruiters are struggling to fill. This has led to a 71% talent shortage – 7 in 10 employers – according to a Q2 2023 Manpower Group survey, and it is imperative that public and private organizations prioritize quality training that meets hiring expectations, current workforce needs and development. Make the country more competitive and provide better job opportunities to the younger generation.

„Globalization has accelerated this demand to be bilingual or trilingual, because there are new types of companies that allow you to work from anywhere in the world. Therefore, the solution to meet these needs is to teach quality English from preschool. Today, the labor market points to multilingualism, so at ULACIT, „We are working in the short term to incorporate a third language into our study programs,” Núñez concluded.

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