Business English: Connecting Professionals Worldwide

To be able to belong and excel in today’s global workforce, non-native English speakers study Business English. Being the world’s third largest mother tongue to date, English’s dominance over other known languages clearly defines what globalization is all about. Media uses English to broadcast world news, and English-speaking nations and corporations speak this shared language in order to reach a wider audience as they tell stories and do business.

In a report created by the Univerzita Komenského v Bratislave (Slovakia’s largest university) entitled The Importance of English in the World of International Business, there are three language-using tasks that an employee must adopt and get the hang of should there be a need to address workplace-related crises or emergencies:

  • the ability to communicate appropriately with superiors, colleagues and subordinates, and to representatives of other companies from abroad

  • the ability to assist an English-speaking (native or non-native) person when hosting business partners from abroad

  • to participate in the social life of the enterprise (e.g. sports and social clubs, etc.) when visiting business partners abroad

Being familiar with English words and expressions will get you places, but having the right skills that utilize mastery of the language will help you succeed. These skills are speaking and writing, and they both involve above average to excellent English fluency. Armed with such skills, career opportunities are never far behind.

Anywhere in the world, these industries are constantly in need of employees who can professionally communicate in English:

  • Aviation
  • Shipping
  • Hotel and Restaurant
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Information Technology
  • Medicine
  • Legal
  • Entertainment
  • Media
  • Banking and Finance
  • Engineering
  • Human Resources

Apart from a minimum of five years relevant work experience, exceptional proficiency in both spoken and written English equates to a well-compensated profession. Online hiring site Monster.com enumerates the top ten best-paying jobs in the world:

Sales Account Manager
Median Annual Salary: $67,300 (PHP 2,830,974.50)

IT Project Manager

Median Annual Salary: $67,000 (PHP 2,818,355)

Proposal Manager 
Median Annual Salary: $65,000 (PHP 2,734,225)

Web Developer
Median Annual Salary: $58,500 (PHP 2,460,802.50)

Nonprofit Executive Director
Median Annual Salary: $55,200 (PHP 2,321,988)

Human Resources Generalist
Median Annual Salary: $54,000 (PHP 2,271,510)

Marketing Director
Median Annual Salary: $53,200 (PHP 2,237,858)

Managing Editor
Median Annual Salary: $53,000 (PHP 2,229,445)

Marketing Communications Manager
Median Annual Salary: $50,500 (PHP 2,124,282.50)

Technical Writer
Median Annual Salary: $49,100 (PHP 2,065,391.50)

If you think you still need to brush up on your business English, now is the best time to start reading trade publications or self-help books, or consider enrolling in a reputable language training center that will further assist you in increasing your knowledge and enhancing your speaking and writing capabilities.

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