How Can English Fluency Benefit Healthcare Workers?
<p><strong>April 23</strong> marks English Language Day. The United Nations launched this day in 2010 to increase awareness about the achievements, history, culture, and benefits associated with the English language. English is the most spoken language in the world, with an estimated 1.5 billion speakers. However, the majority of speakers are not native speakers.&nbsp; Approximately 370 million people speak English as a first language.</p> <p>Imagine you are in a foreign country and you do not speak the local language or dialect. English is a very practical language to use because chances are, you will find someone that has some command of the English language.&nbsp;</p> <p>In a healthcare setting, English is a common language used when working with colleagues and patients from different backgrounds. But, how does it really benefit those who work within healthcare? </p> <p><strong>Here, we discuss the 3 main benefits of English fluency within the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/healthcare-job-opportunities-2022" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">healthcare industry</a>.</strong></p> <h2>1. Increased Career Opportunities</h2> <p>As English is the most spoken language globally, proof of English proficiency is a requirement by many international healthcare employers. Having verified proof of your English fluency significantly boosts your chances of getting a<a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/work-in-healthcare-overseas" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> job overseas.</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>As a healthcare professional looking for a healthcare career overseas, it is important to pass the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/passing-ielts-healthcare-employment-overseas" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">International English Language Testing System (IELTS)</a> or the <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/oet-what-you-should-know" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Occupational English Test (OET)</a> before applying for an international job. For example, countries like the United Kingdom, Ireland, Saudi Arabia and UAE often require healthcare professionals to take these English language tests to prove their professional communication skills. </p> <p><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/ielts-and-oet/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Read about the differences between IELTS and OET here</a>.</p> <h2>2. Practical Communication</h2> <p><a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/learn-new-language" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Language barriers</a> are just one of the challenges people can face in a foreign country. But as a healthcare provider, communicating and speaking in English really helps you provide your patients with high-quality care and safety.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mistakes and confusion can be avoided because you can effectively discuss medical situations with your patients in native-English-speaking countries. Effective communication also allows you to put your patients and their families at ease through your choice of words. And what’s more rewarding than performing your role to the best of your ability while making your patients happy?</p> <h2>3. Effective Working Relationships</h2> <p>It’s essential to communicate effectively with colleagues and workmates. When you exchange information about patients and diagnoses, there is no room for error or miscommunication. This is particularly essential for high-risk industries like healthcare. Additionally, effective communication builds good working relationships, making it easier for you to carry out your role.</p> <h2>Prove Your English Fluency</h2> <p>As a healthcare professional, English fluency is a great skill to increase your employment opportunities.&nbsp; You will have better ways to convey your messages to patients and families. It also helps you build a good work relationship with colleagues. Most importantly, if you want to improve your English communication skills, there’s never a better time to start learning.</p> <p>If you need to prepare for your <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/prepare-ielts-exam" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">IELTS</a> or <a href="https://www.trueprofile.io/member/resources/how-to-book-an-oet-exam" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">OET</a>, TrueProfile.io can help! </p> <p>We teamed up with <a href="https://specialistlanguagecourses.com/trueprofileio/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Specialist Language Courses (SLC)</a> to offer our Members comprehensive preparation courses to help you achieve high scores in <strong>OET B Medicine, OET B Nursing, or IELTS</strong> to work in English-speaking countries.</p> <p><strong>SLC’s Reach courses are packed with:</strong></p> <ul><li>test analysis</li><li>key language inputs</li><li>test strategies</li><li>and lots of test practice </li></ul> <p></p> <p>to ensure excellent communication skills for your day-to-day working environment. </p> <p>Click on the relevant link below to <strong>take your career to the next level:</strong></p> <div class="wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-background" href="https://specialistlanguagecourses.com/trueprofileio-nursing/" style="border-radius:50px;background-color:#00497a;color:#f5f5f5" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Prepare for IELTS or OET B Nursing</a></div> </div> <div class="wp-block-buttons"> <div class="wp-block-button"><a class="wp-block-button__link has-text-color has-background" href="https://specialistlanguagecourses.com/trueprofileio-medicine/" style="border-radius:50px;background-color:#00497a;color:#f5f5f5" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Prepare for IELTS or OET B Medicine</a></div> </div> <p></p>