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VALUE of the WORD

LEARNING OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES is perceived FOR A LONG TIME AS DEMANDED MAKING BUSINESS - FORMATIONS. The INCREASE in NUMBER of ENGLISH-SPEAKING EXPERTS And the GROWING DEMAND FOR LESS WIDESPREAD LANGUAGES BECOMES the TENDENCY of LAST TIME.

at least time in life heard each of us: learn languages, in life it is useful. Schools of St.-Petersburg offer a wide language spectrum - from a traditional set (English, German, French and less habitual Spanish) to almost exotic slavic and east. To languages learn in high schools and on courses. And then there is a question - what for all it? What is necessary for the employer? Quite often there are situations when search for the employee with several languages but then do not use them. Happens that language skills, even several, is not considered at employment, but technical skills or ability to carry on negotiations are appreciated.

PRECISELY it is useful
In the middle of 90 - h when knowing language at high level of employees was a little, graduates of faculties of foreign languages and philology frequently became experts, the demanded all western companies. Career often began with a position of the translator, but at breakneck speed could reach very high level. Last years the situation has cardinally changed - there were many experts not bad owning foreign languages.

high degree of integration of the Russian business in the international market has led for a long time already to that the knowledge of a foreign language - first of all English - is the standard requirement to any expert applying for professional growth and development in the large Russian or foreign company - Olga Andreeva, the head of department on work with clients considers the ANCHOR in Petersburg.

candidates well speaking in foreign languages have advantages at employment in the company with the foreign capital and the western management, or in the companies focused on the western commodity market of production. It is connected by that correspondence and the documentation in them is conducted in foreign languages. According to advisers for selection of the personnel of consulting group the Alpha the Personnel Natalias Sidorovoj and Maria Tsyganko, for experts of the financial market actually knowledge of the international standards of the account (MSFO, US GAAP) plus knowledge of English language at level of work with the documentation and negotiating. Besides, on a labour market engineers with good base preparation and with knowledge of English language which continues to remain the most demanded are very much appreciated. And, for example, for work in light industry employees with knowledge of the Chinese language are now actual.

With an estimation of professional qualities of the candidates knowing languages, Julia Ruchina, the general director of the company " agree; the Business link the Personnel . As she said, the candidate knowing at least English language, has advantage on a labour market, at least from the point of view of quantity of vacancies on which it can approach. The knowledge of other language in addition to English happens it is necessary, for example, for vacancies of personal assistants to a management of the companies. And the candidates owning at equally high level two or three languages get in these cases advantage by job search.

however Elena Stepkina, the director of consulting bureau Career Consult, advises to experts for whom the foreign acts as only auxiliary means for performance of their basic functions, to prefer to studying of the next language reception of additional preparation in the professional area. Possession of several foreign languages creates advantage to the competitor at employment, but on a narrow spectrum of vacancies - Julia Saharova, the director of Petersburg branch HeadHunter considers.

the Knowledge of a foreign language - a part of a standard qualifying package which the competitor on a labour market of white collars without dependence from a trade and position level for which it applies should possess, is believed by Larissa Lutskova, HR - manager AVANTA Personnel in St.-Petersburg. The package also includes knowledge of the computer, office office equipment, experience with people and documents. The situation when on 80 % of vacant positions in the large multinational companies of the resume of experts without knowledge of a foreign language at all do not consider even if under other requirements the candidate is ideal is quite typical. It is caused as presence in the document circulation company in a foreign language, and work on key positions of employees - ex-stalemates or in general by direct submission of separate departments foreign a staff - apartment that assumes constant live dialogue in language of other country. The same situation is observed and in less large, frequently even the local companies which primary activity is fastened on foreign clients or foreign partners. Besides, traditionally there are whole branches of business in which owing to their specificity without knowledge of language there is nothing, for example, any more or less serious ordinary position in IT - the companies by default assumes knowledge of language at least at level of reading and free understanding of the technical literature.

in the Russian companies the knowledge of a foreign language is in most cases a pleasant bonus - Olga Chebotkova, the partner, the head sankt - the Petersburg office TRANSEARCH International considers. There are situations when it seems that the foreign language is not so necessary, but in the modern world difficult professionally to develop without language skills. If the top - the manager owns, for example, English, it has a possibility as fast as possible to learn all western news, to read new books, freely to communicate with foreign colleagues and partners.

FEEDBACK
That tell about candidates - polyglots the companies? Anastas Priemova, the head of department on work with personnel Ernst and Young in St.-Petersburg, notices that, despite a current astable condition of global economy, now demand for the experts owning a foreign language, still considerably exceeds the offer. As Ernst and Young is the entrusted adviser of the leading Russian and international companies from different areas of the Russian economy at selection on open vacancies the priority is given to the company to the skilled professionals who are freely knowing English.

in many fields of activity presently to know English language as it is important how to be able to read or write, Pavel Filippov, the company partner " considers; Avanko the Capital specialising on M &A. He names English a base condition of preservation of competitiveness of the employee, giving the chance to it effectively to work with the international component business, that is with the client, the supplier, the head subordinated, the proprietor, an education system and improvements of professional skill and etc. .

the Knowledge of English language is the obligatory requirement for competitors at employment in Joint-Stock Company Delojt and Hulks of the CIS Marina Tulsky, the head of department on work with the personnel of the Petersburg branch of the company marks. the offer on work is received, as a rule, by candidates with good knowledge of language. High requirements to quality of knowledge are caused, first of all, by specificity of our business: we should be well informed about the latest changes, should possess the information on the newest technologies which frequently we receive from English-speaking sources. Our employees also are often trained at the western experts, and preparation of reports in English is the obligatory requirement of the majority of our clients - she underlines.

Elena Molodyh, the manager on shots Jones Lang LaSalle, also notices that if the employer - the western company the knowledge of a foreign language, certainly, is advantage at employment.

In St.-Petersburg annually not less than ten universities and institutes let out with day, evening and correspondence education departments not less than three thousand diplomaed lawyers. From them less than 10 % know English at any level - Andrey Gusev, the partner operating the Petersburg office of the Swedish legal firm " considers; Mannhejmer Svartling . Practice of its company shows that only the smaller part corresponds to our requirements to possession of English language, including obshcherazgovornyj and professional language . On occasion, taking into account value, and also experience of the expert, we can make an exception and employ with initial or base knowledge of English. Historically such exceptions have been made concerning the experts working in department of real estate and building and in judicial department - mister Gusev notices.

The main advantage, despite crisis, on - former there is a professionalism, that is level of special knowledge, skills - the assistant to the general director on the personnel of a network of medical clinics " underlines; Ava - Peter - Scandinavia Natalia Yelizarov. In medical institution there is a specificity - the doctor owning a widespread foreign language (English or German) is is better informed on modern methods of diagnostics and treatment, it can train abroad participates in conferences that, in turn, gives more possibilities for professional development.

it is better TWO
English language, by the general estimation, it is most extended as from the point of view of the offer, and demand.

Larissa Lutskova notices that even if the company to which there is a set of new employees, is not English or American the knowledge of English language all the same will be one of the basic requirements of the employer. After English demand for other European languages, first of all - French and German, except that is traditional, demand for a certain foreign language can be caused a territorial arrangement of corresponding region. So, for example, in Severo - Western Russia demand for the Scandinavian languages - Finnish and Swedish is characteristic.

according to Anton Rassadina, teacher IVESEP and the director for marketing of the American chamber of commerce in St.-Petersburg if the companies are required employees with knowledge of rare languages to find the good expert easier and to train in its language. If the candidate knows the languages which carriers reluctantly learn or badly know English, - French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese is too can be of use to it good service. Mister Rassadin also underlines that for the foreign trade operations it is very important to get in sotsiokulturnye features of partners that is impossible without good mastery of a language. Therefore, if the company, for example, trades with the Arabian countries, one person who in perfection knows language should participate in all operations at least and perfectly understands culture of counterparts.

Olga Andreeva agrees that in Petersburg experts with German, French are claimed, Italian and Finnish demand for knowledge Chinese, and also on the experts knowing two languages (one of which - English) has appeared languages, recently. By its estimation, cost The expert with English language on the average on 20 - 30 % above, and the knowledge rare, for example, the Chinese language can raise the income of the expert in foreign trade activities or logistics on 40 - 50 %.

Employers too mark importance of additional foreign languages, but not in all cases. Anastas Priemova underlines that employees of company Ernst and Young frequently well speak not only in English, but also in other foreign languages. knowing French, German, Italian or Spanish, they have unique possibility much better to understand and according to it to render necessary assistance to our foreign clients in the decision of problems facing them, and also to take part in projects worldwide. Further it allows them to have side benefits at training in other countries - she adds.

Generally additional languages are important in much smaller degree, but in private - quite often create unique and unbreakable a combination kompetentsy, allowing the expert to receive a demanded position on good conditions - Pavel Filippov from " considers; Avanko the Capital . As he said, now the greatest consumer cost German, Spanish and French languages possess, the requirement in Japanese, but in the near future the second language opening many doors grows, becomes Chinese.

SMALL DEMAND
The graduates of high schools knowing rare languages, not always divide an estimation of employers and rekruterov. So, graduates of St.Petersburg State University with knowledge of the Danish language tell that some of them used language in work in ambassadorial and cultural establishments of Denmark to Russia, but as a whole language is a little claimed. Knowing the Chinese can perfectly earn in China where foreigners with knowledge of language use very much a great demand. In Petersburg the graduate of the Chinese branch basically is necessary in sphere of the sales connected with China - for the decision of trading disputes and customs questions. The same situation develops with the Arabian language - graduates of specialised schools and even east faculty not always can find work with use of this language as level of cooperation with the Arabian countries is low. The Czech language closer to Russia as is claimed it is not enough: students studying it have no the slightest concept about where it is possible to find work on a speciality and often plan to leave to Czechia for a while or for ever.

While the situation with languages is that, what is and in many respects reflects development of economy of today. Considering that after crisis the economy can change, and Russia aspires to expansion of communications with the countries BRICK, potrugalsky, Spanish, a Hindi and Chinese can become much more actual, than the European languages. English, however, for certain and remains out of competition.