The Benefits of Being Bilingual

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Published: 12 Sep 2017      

After all of your medical training, you may not have put much thought into the other skills that may help you find and keep a medical job. However, there’s much more that you need to be able to do if you’re to be competitive when applying for new jobs.

Learning another language places you in a good position in the medical sector. You’ll be treating people from all sorts of different countries, so knowing more than one language could prove useful. We’ve listed just a few of the benefits of being bilingual.

It Looks Good on Your CV

Many employers will browse your extra skills when considering whether to call you in for a job interview. In many cases, your other skills will be what separates you from a pack of people who have all undergone the same type of training.

Listing another language on your CV shows that you have more to offer than most. Furthermore, learning another language take a great deal of time and commitment. The latter is a very attractive quality for most employers, as they want to hire people who will dedicate themselves to getting better in their roles.

It Helps in Treating Patients

We’ve already touched on this earlier in the article, but it is worth expanding on. Being able to speak more than one language allows you to talk to some patients in the language that makes them most comfortable.

Always remember that treatment extends beyond the diagnosis and course of action. Many of your patients may feel scared about going to the hospital, which means they need a comforting presence to help them get through it. Non-native English speakers will often feel reassured, and thus become more cooperative, when they’re speaking to somebody who understands their native language.

More Opportunities

Have you ever thought about working abroad? If you have, the language barrier may be one of the things that has stopped you from taking the plunge. After all, how will you be able to work effectively if you can’t understand what the people around you are saying?

Of course, learning another language could be of huge benefit to you in this situation. Being bilingual gives you more options, and places you in a position to take advantage of new opportunities that come your way. This means you can widen your net when searching for a new medical job, as positions in other countries become viable.

It’s a Pathway into New Languages

There is no reason to stop once you have learned a second language. Many find that it is easier to pick up additional languages once they have understood the structure of a language that isn’t their own.

This is because many languages have similarities, which you can use to your benefit when you’re learning. Once your brain has adjusted to a new language, you can use that ability to help it transition into similar languages as well. If being bilingual can help you in the workplace, you can imagine just how useful being trilingual would be.

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