You understand the maths, but can you buy an ice-cream?

Actuarial Skills Travel Well but do you need to be able to speak the language of the country that you are thinking of moving to?

There is a tendency for employers to require business fluency in the language of the country, especially for client facing roles however there are also many clients who say that they do not require the local language, especially the Swiss and the French.

In reality  you should have at least a smattering of the local language because you need to know what is being said behind your back and how to buy an ice cream when you go shopping.

Many candidates ask me which language they should learn, all I can say is choose something you enjoy because it is very much a matter of fashion and by the time you have learnt the language, the fashion is likely to have changed.

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