In this globalized, social media age, young people are accustomed to communicating with people in other countries. Given the difficulties of finding work in the States, many are moving to other countries in search of jobs.
In Helena Negru’s article at Elite Daily (link), she describes them as “digital nomads” who will go wherever necessary to find work. In many cases, it requires that they learn a foreign language, which adds to their value in the job market. Negru continues:
Even digital nomads are looking to improve their language skills, and they are taking up different courses in order to improve their value on the job market. When you are already among foreigners, it’s easier to pick up the language, but not all languages are as easy to learn as Spanish and Italian.
Studying a foreign language is a great career move for Millennials.
It’s a big plus for a graduate and any worker who wants to secure a job in the highly competitive and limited job market. Knowing how to speak a different language what makes you stand out of the crowd, especially in US, where most people only speak English and a bit of Spanish. Millennials understand this better than any other generation, yet few of them actually take the lead and enroll foreign language courses.
Another issue for the Millennial students is the fact they still look at foreign language classes as something they need to check in order to get more credits. So, few of them really think about which language to learn in order to secure a high-paying job.
For example, French is a great option for an American Millennial because there are many companies which look for French speakers in US. The number of American workers who can speak it is also very low. The same goes for Italian, Portuguese and Asian languages.
Speaking of Asian, China has a large economy, where the demand for professionals who speak Mandarin is very high. If you learn Chinese, you might change your life forever by relocating in Asia.