World Tour Insights: Mexico Discovers Value in English

Mexico Discovers Value in English

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Mexico Discovers Value in English

Doing business in Mexico requires people to know Spanish. Unlike Europe, where a multi-national gathering usually becomes a predominately English-speaking encounter, a similar business meeting in Mexico would be primarily conducted in Spanish. The expectation that companies working in Mexico require Spanish-speaking employees in agents may limit the desirability of partnerships in Mexico, and limit the scope of ventures that might otherwise find Mexico attractive. This also limits the talent pool, because success in a Mexican global company requires speaking Spanish.

To help bring the wider global conversation to Mexico, GlobalEnglish partners with Fundación Televisa Bécalos. This program empowers young adults looking for work with English prior entering the workplace.

Hugo Sancen, the Fundación Televisa Bécalos  program director in Mexico, shared several fascinating statistics on the Mexican job market. He recently met, for instance, with a group of students participating in their scholarship program and learned that many use, OCC, the largest recruitment website for those seeking jobs right out of college. When looking at job listing, this group of students found that 6 out of 21 jobs required English. Although they could apply for the majority of the jobs without speaking English, those the jobs only offered salaries around 8,000 pesos. The ones with English where closer to 12 000 pesos. From this sample, English speakers landing jobs could earn up to one-third more salary!

The landscape changed when they looked at jobs that required 4 years of experience. Out of the 24 discovered in the search, 16 required English. Six where actually written in English. The students quickly understood that English was a fundamental skill for a good career in Mexico.

During our discussion, business leaders expect an announcement from the Secretary of Education’s office that Mexico will commit to be bilingual learning by 2020. We look forward to this announcement, and will work closely with our team in Mexico to support the country during this transformation.

The need to master English for Mexican workers may not always arise in early jobs, except for those focused on serving English speaking markets like outsourced customer service. But English mastery becomes a real need for those who want to move up the career ladder—and critically important to those who need to work with other team members outside of Mexico, or on international projects. The college students saw this during their job searches. Many entry level jobs did not require English, but for those looking to build a career, English was the key to higher paying jobs that required cross-country and cross-region collaboration.

Joy and News: A New GlobalEnglish This Holiday Season and Beyond

New GlobalEnglish

A New GlobalEnglish

This is the time of year that people share their joys and their news in personal newsletters. Well, my year has been pretty exciting, and I think it is time to share that news here.

In November, I joined with a group of colleagues and investors to buy the Business English portion of Pearson. Our buyout resulted in the formation, or should I say, reformation, of GlobalEnglish.

For those you who read many of my blogs, you know I believe in the importance of diversity in the boardroom and in companies in general. It is not only about gender but having people representing different backgrounds, different cultures, different markets. For this to happen, we need to have people from all horizons being able to express themselves in a group with a common language.

At GlobalEnglish we give a voice to global talent by delivering an exceptional Business English learning experience. We do this through technology and programs that empower talent to better execute, collaborate and innovate for the organizations they work for, while leading the way toward more inclusive and accessible opportunities for talent around the world.

The GlobalEnglish team has been working very long hours helping to create a new, independent company. Some of the team was here when GlobalEngilsh was acquired by Pearson. Some have a twenty-year legacy, others have just started. It is truly a blessing to work with a team of such outstanding individuals, all of whom are passionate about our leaners, aligned with our values and dedicated to helping our customers achieve their goals.

The New GlobalEnglish is my Passion

GlobalEnglish is my passion. In many ways it is far from the products I worked on at Microsoft and Oracle. GlobalEnglish One is not Oracle’s database, and it is not SharePoint. Both of those products create frameworks for other people to build solutions. By contrast, the GlobalEnglish One helps individuals start to master Business English the first time they use it. We have spent the time to learn from our customers and through that we have built a great learning experience that includes self-paced training, situational learning and personalized coaching,

I am excited for our future. As the global economy attempts to make sense of all of the changes of 2016, I firmly believe that globalization will remain a key component of success, and that more people than ever will need to learn English to thrive in their markets, to enter new markets, and to track trends and developments that will allow them to innovate.

I am very thankful to be a part of this phoenix of a company rising again to take flight on its own.

Our future very much depends not just on the obstacles we face, but how we choose to overcome those obstacles. At GlobalEnglish we promise to take the path that includes and empowers.

As a reader of my blog, that you for helping add to the energy I draw on to help build new things. The new GlobalEnglish, while very experienced, is also a very young company — I look forward to nurturing it in 2017, and sharing more of my stories with you are we go through the year.

Season’s Greeting and Happy Holidays.