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4 Reasons to Learn American Sign Language (ASL) to Advance in Any Career

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4 Reasons to Learn American Sign Language (ASL) to Advance in Any Career
on September, 11 2015

American Sign Language or ASL is now one of the most studied modern or foreign languages in different colleges and universities in the U.S. This is good news because learning ASL is proven to have benefits, even if a student does not have plans of working as an interpreter or other related jobs. Here are other ways that learning ASL can help you career:

1.It helps you become proficient in your job

If you belong to an industry requiring you to constantly deal with people, then you will have the competitive advantage if you know ASL. You can speak with a deaf-mute patient if you are a nurse, or be able to understand what a mute victim says if you are a police officer. This helps you become more proficient in your job. It may not be everyday that you come across a person that is unable to speak, but when you do, it must be so tough if you do not know sign language. Literacy of ASL allows you to communicate with no limits, and extend help with the deaf and mute people.

2.Knowledge of ASL is a bankable skill

It’s a known fact that we are in a highly competitive job market. Every aspiring worker does what he can to stand out from the others in terms of skills and experience. ASL literacy is more than just a fancy addition to resumés, but a skill that could increase your marketability. It is becoming in demand in the marketing and television industry. It can also make an important statement about you.

3.Learning ASL boosts cognition

Learning sign language and any other foreign languages is good for the brain. It enhances cognition, and creative and abstract thinking. It even has the added benefit of improving hand and eye coordination. It exercises the peripheral vision, training you to become more aware of the environment. Deaf people have sharp vision, and you can have that, too if you learn sign language. These abilities can work to your advantage regardless of the industry you are in. However, you need them even more if you are a pilot, a surgeon, a fabricator and mechanic, or any other job that requires hand-eye coordination.

4.It helps you become a better communicator and listener

Communication is vital across industries and fields of work. Knowledge of ASL does not only extend your communication skills to the hearing impaired, but also allows you to be a better listener and speaker. When you learn its structure, you’ll learn how to check your understanding and constantly rethink ideas.

Learning ASL empowers you to be better at work. It can help you with mentally demanding tasks and heighten your ability to oversee your environment. You do not have to learn the entire language. Knowing the basics and other important signs could be a good start. It’s a great way to show care for the speech and hearing impaired people. If you are into sales or marketing, they can flock to you. ASL is a beautiful language that broadens your horizon, allowing you to discover deaf culture and in the process, make you a better person.

Bernadine Racoma

Bernadine is a writer, researcher, professional and multi-awarded blogger and new media consultant. She brings with her a rich set of experience in the corporate world, as well as in the field of research and writing. Having taken early retirement after working as an international civil servant and traveling the world for 22 years, she has aggressively pursued her main interest in writing and research. You can also find Bernadine Racoma at .

  • Faylinn Byrne

    My daughter has really loved learning sign language in high school and hopes to be able to use it in her careers past college. However, she would love to work in counseling and use it in that field as well. For what type of jobs, such as counseling, would it be good to know ASL?

  • Fadi

    Another great post! Kudos for this. Where can one take a course in ASL out of the USA?

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