Native level? English skills required to be foreign CA

Hello everyone. I’m Sunny, who works for a foreign airline. I was asked a question again today. “Can’t english be perfect?” I will answer.

When aiming for a foreign CA, it is inevitable to learn English. When I was actually taking the CA exam, I remember feeling the need for English every time I was interviewed. However, what level of English do I need to become a foreign CA? This time, I would like to talk about my experiences.

■About TOEIC

Different airlines have different CA recruitment criteria. For Asian companies, if the TOEIC score is in the 500-600 level, it is possible to pass the document screening process.

European and Middle Eastern airlines do not request submission of a TOEIC. The recruitment criteria for my current workplace states that you are fluent in English.

In fact, the documents of the two foreign airlines I applied for do not request the toeic scores.

■Is it important to study TOEIC?

In my opinion, I don’t feel it’s necessary to stick to studying TOEIC if you have a minimum score of recruitment criteria.

I often see people in Japan who spend a lot of time studying English. Certainly, I can understand that English is a way to present individual qualifications and skills to other people in an easy-to-understand manner.

However, what I have felt in my work as a CA is that TOEIC is known worldwide in only a few Asian countries.

If you want to go out and work in the world as a foreign CA, I think that it is good to consider IELTS and Cambridge examination.

■What is an English professional?

Some of you are aiming for a foreign CA and are not good at English.

However, I actually work as an active foreign CA, but my English skills are still not perfect.

I think that there are some people who thought, “No, no, why do say such a thing?”. However, as I mentioned above, my TOEIC score was not something I could boast about. So I submitted the documents without mentioning the score.

Personally, I don’t feel that I need to be a native English speaker in order to become a CA. I was born and raised in Japan, and my first language is Japanese. However, what I felt was more necessary than anything else through the interview was the ability to present everyday conversations and myself in English.

Of course, it is essential to communicate in English when working as a foreign CA. However, as I said above, in preparation before the interview, I learned words and phrases that I could use to promote myself. I think we need a little brain fight in the interview.

■Benefits of developing English conversation

COVID-19 has also stopped most companies from hiring. As a result, I think that there are many people who find it difficult to maintain motivation to aim for a foreign CA.

But on the positives, there will always be a world where you can travel in the near future. By that time, the current number of CA will not be enough, and it can be predicted that many airlines will start hiring. So I think it’s time to gain confidence in English.

Compared to before, the number of people who go to study abroad and overseas travelers to Japan has decreased. As a result, there are fewer international exchange venues. However, I think that one way to improve your English skills is to use online English conversation and apps.

By studying English, I was able to increase my life options and change my worldview. So, I would be happy if I could tell you that it is never useless to focus on learning English conversation.

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