As a young adult preparing to enter the professional world upon graduation, the ability to speak a second language is a great skill. From social media to participating in a globalized economy, interconnectedness is rapidly becoming one of the defining characteristics of the 21st century, and by speaking another language, you will be able to access and interact with more communities than you would as a monolingual speaker. To a potential employer, your ability to communicate with manufacturers in Asia or target Spanish-speaking demographics here in the United States is a valuable asset. For certain majors and related career paths, bilingualism is a no-brainer. However, even if you aren't a political science major specializing in Russia and the former Soviet Union, it's very likely that a second language will still come in handy. In the United States, the need for Spanish speakers is quite strong in the communications and media industries.
June 01, 2013