That the English language connects people from all nations, cultures and regions of the world is nothing new. The British ruled most parts of the world at a time and this sowed the seeds of English language becoming the world standard today (as per GlobalEnvision, English is recognizes as the official language in over 70 countries and is taught in all levels in educational institutions). The British unintentionally gave the world a common language to share information clearly and quickly without the need for translation. Private sector companies and especially the IT sector have gained ground and have become extremely competitive across the world, and the employees are always kept on their toes. It is inevitable for even employed people to work hard, and upskill or perish for not doing so in order to keep up. The ability to use English today is one of the most important skills for employment, and even to stay employable. If you can speak English well, you can climb the ladder of success at your workplace as you are seen as having the potential to deal with clients and effectively communicate with coworkers with ensured smooth carrying out of tasks.
As per a research, 80% of internet web content is published in English and a lot of this content is published by corporations and businesses. Just being able to read and understand them is no more enough, one should be able to translate the data into useful information and communicate it verbally to coworkers.
English Increases your Employability Quotient
In a country of over a billion people, and a literate population of 74%, knowledge of English adds a great deal to your employability. Not just the IT industry, knowledge of the language gives you a good edge over other candidates in any industry. It is so essential that a lot of times, the minimum requirement of being able to effectively communicate in the language are non-negotiable with recruiters. Proficient English speaking skills can give one confidence and the ability to express oneself at work. There is a study that showed results of a growing demand of excellent English speaking skills in companies throughout the world.
The kind of communication that is used in the corporate world is essentially business communication. It is not just an exchange of ideas. In the corporate world, effective communication with spoken English includes presentation skills, reporting skills, task description, task or problem definition, negotiation and so much more. An aspiring IT engineer has no choice but to learn English well and use it effectively in spoken communication today.
Because of the growing demand for communication skills in English, and surprisingly poor levels of English being taught in regional language schools in India, students often lose out on good job opportunities even if they have an excellent academic record and relevant technical skills. This is why students are often pushed to get help from English training programmes in institutes and finishing schools. A lot of time these schools may not have well trained teachers. Being the true evangelist, IIHT offers free English course to students who sign up for any of its technical courses. Here, the emphasis is on functional use of English with exercises. The syllabus focuses on real life situations and oriented towards interview cracking skills. So the need for the hour is strengthening the English speaking ability of students along with intensive technical training empowering them with almost everything including placement assistance –making them the most employable that they can get!