What is the level of English for working abroad?
“The American Dream” of the inhabitants of most countries is to achieve success not only at home, but also abroad. And it does not matter what is specifically planned – immediate emigration or the gradual expansion of business abroad, the same pressing question arises – do I know English enough for this?
And really, and what level of English is needed for working abroad? There is no one gradation for this, of course. It all depends on what kind of work you expect and how much it is connected with communication with other people. But let’s all sort out, with what level of language and what can you expect abroad.
Of course, there is work in which knowledge of the language from you will not be required almost at all. First of all, this is a job that emigrated relatives or simply countrymen can offer you. I am fond of working in the community – shops for the diaspora, church communities, work as a nanny in Russian-speaking families, care for Russian-speaking elderly people. The last two posts are paid fairly well, but finding such work is sometimes not too easy. It is necessary to stand in long queues-lists for work in recruitment agencies and then, if you have at least a little relevant experience.
Often, the foreign labor market also offers less comfortable work for those who do not know English – for example, housekeepers in hotels or cleaning agencies. That is, simple cleaners and cleaners. It takes completely elementary English, at least to distinguish the names on packages with cleaning products and be able to write down your name in the list of arrivals to work. Approximately the same goes for dishwashers – a dirty job, for which they pay not so little, but which practically does not require English.
A higher level is the work in the service sector – sellers, waiters, hostesses, and so on. Here you will have to communicate with customers in live English, but still far from academic. By and large, you just need to learn the lexicon inherent in this area (clothes, food, dishes, equipment) and general phrases for communicating with visitors. In addition, your level of language knowledge will grow rapidly in the process of communicating with people, as daily practice will await you.
The next level is operators of call centers, office managers, administrators, assistant managers, managers. Here, one can not get by using knowledge of vocabulary in only one sphere, since such work involves a lot of unpredictable language situations in which you will not have time to google translations or look into the dictionary.
And the highest level is the work claimed by the native speakers themselves, connected with the language itself: journalists, English teachers, educators in the kindergarten. And also “serious” posts – mathematicians, IT specialists, engineers, architects … Vocabulary in this sphere is quite complex and almost always requires not just learning, but the proper ability to use the language already at the native level.
Do not forget that English is not only useful for you in English-speaking countries, but also in European countries. Yet it remains the international language of communication. Arrange for a very simple job, not knowing neither the local language nor English is impossible.
At the same time, knowledge of the language from you will often be required not only at the stage of employment, but even at the stage of obtaining a visa – it is unlikely that the visa officer will issue a work permit to someone who can not connect two words in English. Therefore, it is worth taking care of this aspect even earlier than about finding a job. In the end, a certificate of confident knowledge of English is not just not a hindrance, but will help you win the best place under the sun.