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    Russian language skills for business

    I am really excited because today I had the first opportunity to take advantage of my (VERY modest) skills in Russian for business.

    Background: I've been taking some time off work, but I just started interviewing for my next role (and got my first job offer, today - hurrah!)
    I work in IT project management.

    Despite the other offer coming in, I decided to go along for another interview that had already been scheduled in, previously. The company that interviewed me were rolling out a new IT system across Europe and had experienced lots of problems in Moscow, in particular. (complicated localisation + language barriers)

    The person who interviewed me said "You don't by any chance speak Russian, do you? That would be too good to be true..."
    I thought "Oh, what I have got to lose?" and said "Yeah I do, actually, a bit.."
    (everything is relative!!!) Then I said that I plan to take the TORFL test in March, however I didn't mention that I plan to take the basic level... LOL!

    The people who interviewed me seemed quite impressed by this.
    Also, later when I left the building I noticed that a guy was standing in the foyer speaking Russian on his mobile phone.

    The point of this is:

    1) Russian can be very useful for business purposes in Western Europe - including senior jobs.
    2) It was completely by chance that they had a requirement for somebody who could speak Russian. If I had been able to say "Yes I am fluent in Russian" I probably would have knocked out all the competition for this role. Too bad it's not (yet) true. Incidentally this particular role was by far the best-paying one that I'd interviewed for.

    Back to reality.... I think everybody who has seen my grammar questions realise that I cannot go to Moscow and start discussing IT issues right now!
    But perhaps in 6 months it might be possible to have a simple conversation about it.

    This was very motivational and inspiring for me!
    Anyone else came across business needs for Russian?

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    Great story, I wonder if because many of the IT vocabulary words are new ones that have popped up over the years if they will be easier to catch on to. I am pretty much a total newb but I have found that words such as ТЕЛЕФОН, радио, and, компьютер are pretty easy to get.

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    That's awesome for you.I think you should be fully aware of you capability and knowledge and should have an absolute self confidence to be successful and efficient in your job.If i were you,i'd probably do the same.I wish you good luck in finding a proper job

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    Congrats and good luck to you!

    Russia has got a lot of potential in terms of business -- a lot of foreign companies are coming ino the Russian market. I know nothing of IT but in recent years various businesses have been coming even here in Siberia, like LeRoi Merlen and Ashan (sp?) malls... In any case, it's always a huge bonus if you speak a foreign language not many people know. I wish I could take up learning such a language, though I'm quite all right with English, job-wise. Chinese seems to be needed quite a lot here and sometimes I come across ads requiring knowledge of Turkish or Central Asian languages.
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    Re: Russian language skills for business

    Quote Originally Posted by Johanna
    I think everybody who has seen my grammar questions realise that I cannot go to Moscow and start discussing IT issues right now!
    Actually you can. Call it impudence (I prefer the term boldness), but I think you will be able to master your Russian pretty quickly if you do )))
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