Monday, December 6, 2010

Wanna be a CEO? You'll need to speak at least two languages

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) thinks you're going to have a hard time becoming a CEO, but those of us who can speak a foreign language will have a leg up. From CBS Money Watch:
The BLS projects that there will be 5,500 fewer CEOs by 2018. To boost your odds, consider Rosetta Stone; CEO candidates should be fluent in at least two languages, says Patricia Tate of the BLS. So if you speak Spanish, Arabic, or Chinese, félicitations.
I'd say that they're dead on about the economic utility of languages, but I guess CBS didn't get the memo that Rosetta Stone alone is pretty unlikely to make you fluent.

1 comment:

  1. Not that I've met a whole lot of them, but I've not met a US-based CEO that speaks anything beyond English. They may *claim* to (meaning yes, they've studied some), but when pushed to produce in another language, they'll converse in English. It's the business language, after all.