The 2019 survey commissioned by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) titled “Making Languages Our Business,” reveals that the demand for employees with foreign language skills is rapidly growing, and nine out of ten employers rely on employees with language skills other than English (p. 3).
As the report states: “A command in multiple languages is a valuable asset for U.S. students and employees–not only in boosting their marketability in the workplace, but in helping them thrive in a global economy.” (p. 3) In other words, multilingualism gives you a special power: a power to communicate in another language, a power to better understand other cultures, a power to earn college credit, and a power to advance professionally.
Every year, thousands of professionals take the ACTFL language assessments with LTI to certify their language skills and use the official credentials to showcase their multilingualism. One of these professionals is Gabby Clark, a Scholars Program Coach at JetBlue. Gabby, a 10-year veteran at JetBlue, has had a successful career and leveraged her multilingualism to not only advance professionally but also to earn college credit and connect with her Guatemalan family.
We hope you take the time to read Gabby’s story and get inspired to get your language skills certified.
Click to read and/or download Gabby’s story: Gabby-Clark-story