South Carolina is a unique state. Many European companies, German ones specifically, have chosen to invest in facilities here for the good of the state. German companies are major employers in the Palmetto state and have created over 28,000 job opportunities for workers at all levels. Companies like BMW and Bosch are vested in this state for a number of reasons and they are leading a new generation of workers to a bright future. BMW specifically has created a workforce development program called, the BMW Scholars, to provide students as early as high school with the opportunity to take on part-time apprenticeships while studying full-time. Apprenticeships allow people the possibility of building essential skills and gaining experience working in their industry of choice. Many times these apprenticeships lead to permanent positions and open up avenues for advancement. BMW’s model program demonstrates how effective and beneficial a two-year training program is and on a broader scale how it can change the state and country. [Read more...]
Reason #5 companies invest in foreign language and cross-culture training classes for their employees is to be able to reach out to the increasingly diverse customer base within the U.S.A. By now most people have noticed that you can go to most cities and find a large minority population with advertising and marketing directed specifically at them. Spanish media is just as powerful and more present in our society today than it ever has been. Spanish speakers have media outlets like TV, radio and magazines specifically to address their needs and to harness their buying power. Minorities in the US have over $2.6 trillion in buying power with a projected increase of $1 trillion by 2015. [Read more...]
Reason #4 companies are investing in their employees’ foreign language and cross-culture training is to show their valued clients their commitment to a mutually beneficial business partnership. Whether you are trying to make a great first impression or creating a stronger foundation for the business partnership to grow – you need to be speaking the same language. Even with the advent of global language policies, companies are realizing that English isn’t the only way. International clients want to see commitment to their relationship. They enjoy being able to practice their English while you practice their language and learn about their culture! If associates are spending longer periods of time in foreign countries it is wise to have them prepared to interact with clients professionally and socially in their language. It demonstrates awareness and receptivity to their needs. This will open doors into the inner circles of the business and communication will become more efficient and effective. [Read more...]
There are many times interpretation services are needed but not accessible. For most companies having a full-time interpreter on standby is not feasible. The reality is – that there is no room for misunderstandings in business! It is very important for companies to be prepared for opportunities to use an interpreter no matter how small the assignment or meeting. The earlier a project’s start and end date is known – the better prepared an interpreter will be. Interpreters can serve in many environments and commonly work in hospitals on long and short-term assignments to communicate with patients where there are language barriers. They also serve during business meetings via teleconference and in person, during relocation assignments in the early stages prior to the assignee taking language classes, and even during certain special events such as political rallies or social events where larger populations of foreign language speakers are present. CORE Languages’ interpreters also work heavily with law firms throughout South Carolina and are highly engaged in the legal field working on court cases and depositions.
Reason #3 businesses invest in foreign language and cross-culture training programs for their employees is to assist them with transitions into assignments abroad. Conducting international business today can be very taxing for employees across the board. Whether that means flying overseas and having to attend a meeting immediately upon landing or flying to multiple locations within a weeks time – even the most experienced and motivated employees will feel the pressure as the days go on. Americans traveling abroad and getting stationed in foreign countries often struggle to communicate in languages other than English and some even experience culture shock. Conversely – many multinational companies have foreign associates visiting the states and taking on positions and responsibilities that can extend their stay here for years at a time! [Read more...]
Reason #2 companies are investing more in employee development and foreign language training programs is to aid them in branching out into emerging markets and growing industrial nations. This day in age – political, economic and social changes greatly affect how and where we do business. New policies are being created to make regulations regarding trade and commerce more transparent. Old policies are being amended to benefit countries and regions that are developing and need help to stimulate further growth and prosperity. South America, Africa and Asia are examples of continents within which many countries are undergoing revolutionary changes in politics, economics and social life. This means potential revenue for businesses willing to invest in these markets. The growing middle class and the larger customer base in these regions is calling on American and European businesses to come in to offer their prized products and services. Is your company ready to answer the call? [Read more...]
Reason #1 companies are using foreign language classes and cross-culture training programs to develop their workforce – is to break down language and culture barriers. This allows for communication and correspondence between teams, departments, subsidiaries, and international offices to flow freely. Communication is the key component to making any sort of team and business endeavor successful. In today’s interconnected business and economic environment, employees of Fortune 500, small and mid-size companies are interfacing with international partners on a daily basis. The shortcomings of many global initiatives and projects can be attributed to cross-cultural misunderstandings and miscommunications due to language barriers. These shortcomings cost companies millions of dollars a year. To avoid these shortcomings, businesses have to start making long-term investments in their employees. [Read more...]
Interpreters are highly sought-after professionals who can serve in many industries. Interpreting is not easy and it is crucial to understand the exact parameters and nature of the assignment being worked on. Assignments will demand either simultaneous or consecutive interpreters and they require knowledge of the relevant subject matter and related technical terminology. Simultaneous interpreting is more than just repeating in a target language what was said in the source language. Simultaneous interpreting is arguably the most difficult and stressful because an interpreter has to listen to the source and at virtually the exact same time repeat what is being said in the target language. There is no “stop and rewind” when interpreting. Interpreters face many challenges and must be able to understand and adjust quickly to a speakers accent, culture, speed, and style. Often times, multiple interpreters are needed when working on a simultaneous interpretation projects. [Read more...]
Have you ever wondered how your career would be different had you taken German or Spanish classes? You are not the only one who thinks about learning a foreign language for career advancement opportunities. Many of us didn’t get the chance to participate in foreign language training. Fortunately, small and large businesses alike are creating human resource strategies around workforce development and providing their employees access to training programs like foreign language classes. Companies in the public and private sector are investing heavily in training their employees to be proficient in specific languages that will yield long term benefits for the business. The decision to incorporate foreign language training into part of a continuous training process is becoming more popular by necessity and it all comes down to the bottom line. In today’s global marketplace – companies that are able to branch out, communicate effectively and network are more likely to be an asset to new investors in other parts of the world. These investors are seeking innovative business partners who can sustain growth and commit to business prospects in countries and regions previously untouched.
5 top reasons corporations invest in foreign language classes are to:
1. Make communication and correspondence between teams, departments, subsidiaries and international offices more efficient by breaking down language and culture barriers.
2. Branch out into emerging markets and growing industrial nations.
3. Prepare executives and workers in key positions for assignments abroad or conversely to accommodate executives who are visiting the States with English classes.
4. Strengthen relationships with existing clients who want to be reassured of their business partnership.
5. Reach out to the increasingly diverse customer base within the U.S.A.
One of the most rewarding and challenging roles you can take on as a linguist is that of an interpreter or translator. These two positions require extensive knowledge of and experience working with the target and source languages. Usually native speakers are the only people qualified enough to take on interpretation or translation assignments. Do you know the difference between an interpreter and translator? Interpreters are sometimes referred to as oral translators as they verbally communicate every word that is being spoken in a target language. A translator or document translator is there to take what is written in a source language and put it into the target language. Interpreters and translators need to be able to communicate word for word what has been spoken or written without adding anything extra or leaving anything out. [Read more...]