Language and intercultural skills are important instruments in the modern business. Global business was very difficult before development and adaption of a few international languages to be used globally by many nations and communities. Communication facilitates trade in all fronts. Integration of cultures from different parts of the world has helped in opening up new marketing by creation of demand and alternatives from other parts of the globe (Boehringer, 2002, p.12).
After working for five years in the field of business, a person is versed with the business language and challenges. Thus, most of what they apply in the master’s classes is purely from their previous experiences. Working in the field gives an individual an opportunity to apply what they learnt at school and also develop their own tact’s to tackle unique challenges that arise in the everyday business (Boehringer, 2004, p.14).
With intercultural and communication skills, an individual is prepared to work in many parts of the world. Business principles are universal, only language and culture differ from one part to the other. It is easy to market and trade when the history and culture of a community/country is known to the business personnel (Neuner, 2005, p.920).
With good communication and average intercultural skills am able to handle responsibilities beyond our boundaries. I can comfortably work with many European countries. Currently many countries are using English either as their first or second language, many local professionals are able to work as expatriates abroad; I can also accomplish this with ease. Also, with the current developments in technology; software that can translate into more than fifty international languages, the work of professionals has been made much easier.
The ability to read and understand three international languages has been vital in the development of my career. Previously, I helped analyze business data for a few international firms. The ability to understand geography and cultural distribution in the globe has also help in understanding various regional business communities and organizations. Different regional trade organizations have varying principles that are mostly guided by the communities’ traditions and cultures. Understanding different cultures is also paramount in understanding the type of business to expect from different regions.