English language proficiency: Can it make or break your MBA planned career?

With most top management schools located in the west, i.e. US and Western Europe, there is a strong question, which comes from brilliant students in countries where languages apart from English are very dominant. Can my weak English put a brake to my progress towards admissions in top business schools?

In one word, the answer is NO. Let not anyone tell you that your mental capabilities and academic excellence can be hounded by language proficiency. The world, especially the west, has become more sensitive towards cultural and linguistic diversity and hence, there is an acceptance of transactional English proficiency. Eventually, it is not your excellent English which is going to take critical management decisions for you, but your mind is. Moreover, especially in admission interviews and placements, there is a lot more that is stressed upon apart from your language abilities.

Students from Asia, especially China and India and Southern America, Argentina and Chile, and Mexico are brought up in an environment where, though English may be taught as the first language in school, it is not the first language at home. As a result, students tend to think first in the language they are most comfortable in, in cases here like Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi and Chinese, and then frame replies and answers in English. As a result, their English proficiency is more transactional than fluent.

In no way can this be barrier in your progress towards your management degree and a dream job. Though placements are traditionally highest in English speaking countries due to the very nature of them being industrially mature, till the time you can put your point across so that your reason is clear and work is done, all’s well.

In a nutshell, you need to understand, there’s much more to management than just sounding managerial. There’s thought, rationale and action which take precedence.

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