I am thinking of learning a second language purely due to personal choice. My job has a talent profile where we can give information and talk about our talents and at any point in my career should I try to change jobs within the company then this profile can be viewed by the prospective manager. If I learned a second language and listed this language on my profile once I was fluent, what kind of realistic advantage could I expect?
To better phrase the question, from a management point of view how valuable is it truly to have your employees be bilingual in a setting where it really isn't a necessity? Does it add any real value or does it fall into the parlor trick category unless otherwise needed in the job?
I work for in the IT department for a company on a global scale.
Edit: Thank you everyone for the responses. In hindsight I guess there is not really a "correct" answer to this as some users have pointed out. It is a matter of opinion but it is an opinion that affects every industry. I plan on learning a second language regardless but was curious if doing so may have unintended rewards. I appreciate the comments and answers.