Ireland is an open, export-oriented economy in an increasingly global world and heavily involved in international trade. Linguistic skills, critical thinking skills, and necessary business skills will make you equipped for this world. Courses such as Business & Languages, International Business & Languages, and Commerce & Languages reflect the good combination business subjects and foreign languages make. You may be able to conduct all business in English, but to make connections, be able to network at a deeper level and to gain real respect from the foreign-based counterparts will give you an advantage.
Human Resources (HR) and Recruitment
Many, if not most, workplaces are now made of people from various backgrounds and most likely from various countries. The working language is English, but in managing workplace needs of the staff it is useful to have an understanding and awareness of different backgrounds and languages. Today’s people skills include an understanding of the wide range of people we interact with, many of whom are now foreign-born.
Hiring new staff will also most likely involve dealing with multilingual people, and you may have to check foreign credentials and referees, where some cultural understanding will be helpful. Good recruiters are good with people, and part of this should be an awareness of different cultures and some foreign languages. You may have to reach out to people in foreign countries to source your workforce, or take part in recruitment fairs abroad. You may need people to be able to speak English, but with language skills you will have access and an understanding of how to create a wider pool of people to recruit.
If you have business acumen and a passion for a business idea, you might want to be your own boss and set up a business. Just like the Italian olive grower sells their products in Ireland or the Polish products find their way to Irish shop shelves, your products or services can find their way to international markets. Language skills will be a massive advantage if you are trying to break into a market abroad, or if you want to approach foreign organisations like big supermarket chains. Whatever your business is, it is likely to benefit from you having language skills.