NOTE: This is a rewritten and revamped version of an article that appeared on the site a long time ago. My views on this topic have changed, and I wanted to give more specific tips this time around.
Ever feel that you’re spending too much time on useless tasks?
It’s a common problem.
And it’s one reason why I’ve written so much about what to avoid when recruiting.
I’ve warned that the CFA and other degrees and certifications can be massive time sinks, but language study could easily fall into this category as well.
The last time I looked at the “Which language should you study?” question, I gave a non-answer and said, “Improve your communication skills in English.”
While that advice is still true today, it’s not universally true.
There are some cases where you can gain a recruiting advantage from proficiency in another language.
So I’m going to cover those cases here, and then give a real, specific answer on the most useful language for finance roles (hint: Spanish).