Knowing how to communicate well in a language boosts your resume and opens up new opportunities
Different combinations of 0 and 1 allowed humans to conquer great technologies. But for those who want to develop in this field, this language alone is not enough. Knowledge of other languages, especially English, is an important skill that creates differences for professionals in information technology, data science, and other related sectors.
Historically, most programming languages were based on English. According to Computer Word, one of the reasons for the region’s workforce shortage is precisely the shortage of professionals with language proficiency. “Proficiency in English is becoming an increasingly frequent requirement to differentiate and advance your career. This happens not only because the language is the international lingua franca, but because someone who masters it shows determination, motivation, openness to learning and global diversity, as language and culture go hand in hand ‘,” explains PES English Content Manager, Louise Fernando Shipplain.
In practice, technology companies, both abroad and in Brazil, are looking for professionals who can communicate well in English. It was no longer a differential skill, but a basic skill. According to Tecnobank’s Director of Technology and Operations, Adriana Saluceste, “The English language is already one of the basic skills of any profession, especially when we talk about IT. Technology is fully globalized, and in addition to the vast majority of terms used in this sector in English, the language also helps to accompany Manuals, books, tutorials, lectures, conferences, international projects. Finally, speaking English helps to broaden networks.”
For Gartner, the number of new AI-related jobs will reach 2 million by 2025. A survey conducted by Kathu in late 2021 showed that English-speaking professionals could earn 83% more than their competitors. In the fields of technology, in addition to this gain, there are also more job opportunities, including abroad. Countries such as Canada and New Zealand frequently advertise job vacancies in the sector specifically targeting foreigners. To be more competitive, you need to master the language.
And while it’s ideal to be in touch with the language from an early age, it’s possible to reach good levels of fluency when you start later. “The rule of thumb is clear communication. The idea that learners need to speak and write like native speakers no longer holds. We are the sum of the languages we use to have a voice in the world,” says Shippelbein.
But it is not enough to scratch the English language or know how to speak and not understand what is being said. When it comes to including language on your resume, you need to do a critical self-analysis and only promise what you can deliver. Investing in a good English language and speaking practice program is increasingly essential to compete for good positions in the job market. After all, fluent professionals tend to have more opportunities and earn differential salaries than their competitors.
Stand out in the crowd
In Brazil, the proportion of the population who are able to speak the language is still very low. Information from a study by the British Council and the Popular Data Institute indicates that only 5% of Brazilians speak a language other than Portuguese. Of these, only 1% are proficient in English.
In 2021, another study, conducted by Cambridge English and the QS Intelligence Unit, showed that in countries where English is not a native language, 95% of companies rated the language as important for business. Schibelbain remembers that globalization increasingly requires that people be able to connect with professionals from all over the world, whether in regular meetings or to close multi-million dollar contracts. Companies are after talent wherever they are. Proficiency in this language is a competitive advantage in the labor market because the number of people who speak English in the world today is three times more than the number of native speakers.” The specialist adds that for transition in the academic, scientific and professional environment, the communication tool is English.
About PES English
PES English is an advanced English language program targeting private schools. It provides educators with expert pedagogical advice, English language content and usage portals, as well as published international educational materials. Present in more than 400 schools across the country and serving more than 100,000 students, the educational solution aims to develop English reading, speaking, writing and listening skills for students aged 3-16. Through certifications and international recognition, PES also advises schools and students on the administration and management of Cambridge and Michigan Assessment English Language Proficiency Tests.