Learning a second language affords many undeniable cognitive benefits that can enhance your abilities in many endeavors. People who speak more than one language improve their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They enjoy greater concentration and memory, a heightened ability to multitask, and better listening skills. They ask informed questions about the distinctions between cultures and the differences that can be obstacles to understanding.
Employers value those skills and others that enhance your capacity to work with people. The study of another language and culture helps you develop your ability to analyze and synthesize information, to communicate clearly, to adapt to new environments, and to embrace a variety of perspectives.