Sarah: Export Logistics Specialist at Anheuser Busch, Leading with French
Professionals across industries and skill levels are sharing how they Lead with Languages:
“From my experience in the business world thus far, I know that making yourself stand out from other candidates is becoming increasingly important and knowing a foreign language gives you an edge over others.”
Meet Sarah—an Export Logistics Specialist at Anheuser Busch
Languages: Proficient in French; beginning Spanish
Grew Up In: St. Louis, MO
College: University of Missouri – St. Louis
Majors: BSBA with emphases in International Business and Logistics and Supply Chain Management; BA in French
Study Abroad: In France at Université Jean Moulin Lyon 3
How do you use your language skills in your work/career?
I was fortunate to start my career with Anheuser Busch because I had studied both business and French at university. From the very start, I had the opportunity to use my French skills while working with my team members in Canada.
I have since switched responsibilities; however, every day I work with people from all over the world. Because of this, I’m still able to use many of the skills that I’ve acquired by learning another language. These include being a better communicator, adapting quickly to new and unique situations, and having an understanding of individuals with different language and cultural backgrounds.
What is the biggest misconception Americans have about learning languages?
Nowadays, one of the biggest misconceptions is that many Americans believe that they don’t need to learn a foreign language because everyone speaks English. While it is true that English is a popular foreign language throughout the world, this shouldn’t stop Americans from wanting to learn another language and immersing themselves in another culture. From my experience in the business world thus far, I know that making yourself stand out from other candidates is becoming increasingly important and knowing a foreign language gives you an edge over others.
Another obstacle is that so many people feel frustrated that they don’t live or work in an environment where they are exposed to a foreign language they’ve studied (or would like to learn.) Here’s my advice: There’s an app for that! Whether on your phone, laptop or even cast to your TV, there are hundreds of radio and TV channels from nearly every country in the world that you can tune in to for free. Not a day goes by where I don’t either watch my favorite Spanish-language morning show while I have my coffee or listen to pan-African radio political shows in the office while I work. And there are so many TV shows and movies available to stream produced in countries that we wouldn’t have had access to just a few years ago—PERFECT for good weekend binge-watching & learning!
For more of her story, watch Sarah’s video testimonial here.
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