5 Reasons to Get To Advanced Level In English

If you’re already at an intermediate level of English, you can do a lot of things. So why should you continue studying to get to advanced level?

At intermediate level, you’re an “independent user”. This means you can understand the main ideas when you read, speak quite fluently and have easy conversations with others, and write clearly.

But there are five reasons why being at advanced level will change your life – for the better.

1. A better career

A 2019 survey of more than 2.3 million people in more than 100 countries found that managers in companies had a higher level of English than other staff. English skills mean you can get a better-paid job, or a promotion. When you don’t have good English skills, you have fewer opportunities to change jobs.

With advanced English skills, you can stay up-to-date with trends and new ideas in your industry and connect with other professionals in other countries. This is vital for scientists, engineers and researchers, but in all jobs, it’s important to share ideas and best practices and to learn from others.

2. To help your country

Countries where many citizens speak English can have more international trading opportunities. But you can help your country in other ways as well.

Countries where people have a high level of English are often more connected to the rest of the world. These countries tend to be more open and also have a higher level of social equality. When you have a global outlook and travel abroad, you are also exposed to different ideas.

If you work for an international company which hires people from different countries, your team is more likely to be innovative, and it is more likely to make better decisions than companies which are less diverse. This is good for you, the company’s profits and ultimately, your country!

3. Further education

Many universities now require English language certification, such as IELTS or TOEFL. If you want to study for an MBA, you will probably also need to pass the GMAT.

This isn’t just to study in an English-speaking country. You might also need English credits to study for a Masters in your own country.

4. Communication and connection

With high levels of English, you can communicate better.

When many of us are working online or using social media, good English skills help us to collaborate with people all over the world and to network or develop new ideas.

5. Personal satisfaction

At an advanced level of English, you can understand most – if not all – of what you read or hear. You can also express your ideas and opinions confidently, using precise vocabulary.

As you develop your English skills, you also increase your confidence and feel more comfortable using English. At that point, English can open the door to a better job or a different life.

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