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Check out the Bright Career in Foreign Languages

Updated on November 9, 2013

Our world is full of many things, one of them is nature, which includes climate, atmosphere, ocean, forest, river, sun, moon, day, night and many more things. Similarly, customs and traditions are also a part of it. Language is one of the part of the so called customs, i.e. we speak the language which is our mother tongue or learned in schools. Now-a-days, everybody wants to learn a number of languages to become a part of the customs of other people. Many globetrotters love to learn a number of languages as it eases their travel from one place to another. Learning a foreign language can simply be a hobby or the start of a career. Let me tell you how it shapes your career.

Language that is spoken more worldwide

Having a knowledge of 2 or 3 languages can make you a gem of the market as it is useful in making a bright career. There are many opportunities that stand in front of you after learning any language. Many languages are there, but some of them are spoken more around the world. These are Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Russian. Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, English and French languages are most frequently used languages and if one has the knowledge of at least 3 languages from these four, then he/she is able to talk to more the 80% of the world’s population. So, these languages are in great demand. Either it is public sector or private sector, foreign language speakers are preferred for the appointment purposes.

Scope after learning a foreign language

After having the knowledge of 1 or 2 languages, one can have bright career opportunities. Each language has its own scope. Some of the opportunities available after learning a foreign language are a translator, interpreter, teaching, jobs in MNC’s, BPO, KPO, public sector jobs, tourist guide, Air hostess, research associate, content writers, embassies, etc.. Also, Ministry of external affairs and Reserve Bank of India requires a foreign language expert. Therefore, besides learning a foreign language, there is a vast scope of it that stands in front of you. Different people choose different occupation as their career. Some recruiters prefer that the job seekers should have the knowledge of at least 2 to 3 languages. So, to get a good job or a bright career, one must have in-depth knowledge of the language, i.e., he/she is capable to speak, write or understand that language properly. The individual scope of some of the languages is given below.

Mandarin Chinese

Mandarin Chinese is the number 1 language of the world which is spoken in more than half of the countries of the world. So, it has a wide scope. It is the toughest language to learn as it has a large number of alphabets and characters than any other language. Medical transcription work, legal work, teaching, translator, interpreter, all make this language a top scorer in providing good career opportunities. Other sectors in which you can make a career with this language are international business, international agencies, diplomatic services, post offices, MNC, tourism, etc..

Spanish

Spanish is the second language that is spoken in more than 22 countries of the world. So, definitely it also has a wide scope either it is nationally or internationally. It provides opportunities as a translator in various companies, freelancer writer, interpreter, BPOs, KPOs, tourism industry, international affairs, teaching, etc.. Thus, learning this language also takes your career to the bright side.

French

French language is another language that is spoken in a large number of countries. It provides great opportunities to the learners in various industries such as teaching, translation, interpretation, editing, proofreading, travel, hospitality industry, foreign service, BPOs, KPOs, international organizations, etc..

German

The German language is known as the business language as the German economy is the fifth largest economy in the world and Europe’s largest. It is the third most spoken foreign language in the English speaking world. Industries such as Allianz, Bayer, BMW, Deutsche Bank, Volkswagen, Lufthansa Group and many more big industries are there that offers job to language experts and provides good pay packet. Also, this language helps you to study abroad as it is the official language of eight countries of the world.

Japanese

Japanese is one of the toughest languages to learn though it has a wide scope. Most of the entrepreneurs learn this language due to the best technologies available in Japan. To have them in their own country leads to learning the native language of the country as it makes the deal and conversation easy between the traders. Also some students learn it to study abroad or to work in MNCs, BPOs, KPOs, etc.. Some of the students learn it for making their career in this language as many companies are there that provide high pay packets to this language expert. Thus, the language has several reasons to learn.

Pay Packet

After learning a foreign language, you can expect an attractive remuneration, but it depends upon the work or the industry in which you wish to enter. Those professionals who work in MNC’s can earn Rs. 30,000 – Rs. 50,000 per month, teachers can earn Rs. 15,000 – Rs. 25000 per month, translators can earn Rs. 250 to Rs. 500 per page and an interpreter can earn Rs. 2000 – Rs. 4000 per hour. The rest of the salary or pay packet depends upon the caliber and work experience that person have in their lifetime.

Educational Qualification Required

The educational qualification required to learn a foreign language is just passed out of 10+2 or senior secondary examination qualified students. It is good if you start learning it earlier as much as possible. Some students start learning it during the school days, after 10+2, during graduation, etc.. means there is no age bar to learn any foreign language. Some institutes have mentioned the minimum age criteria, i.e., 10+2 pass outs but they have not mentioned the maximum age criteria and qualifications. Even post-graduate students and PhD scholars learn foreign language.

Institutes in India that offer foreign language courses

  1. Chinese - University of Kerala, University of Calcutta and Chinese Language Institute.
  2. French – University of Delhi, University of Calcutta, Goa University, D B A M University, Madurai Kamaraj University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Kurukshetra University, University of Mumbai, and Alliance Francaise.
  3. German – University of Calcutta, D B A M University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Max Mueller Bhawan, Kurukshetra University and Gothic Institute.
  4. Japanese - University of Delhi, Guru Nanak Dev University, Mombusho Scholar’s Association of India, Japanese Language Teacher’s Association, Indo-Japan Welfare & Cultural Association, ABK-AOTS DOSOKAI, Tamil Nadu center, Bangalore Nihongo Kyooshi-Kai (BNK) and Teachers Association of Japan.
  5. Spanish - University of Mumbai, University of Delhi, Instituto Hispania and Cervantes.
  6. Hungarian – University of Delhi.
  7. Italian – University of Mumbai and Italian Cultural Institute
  8. Portuguese – Goa University
  9. Russian – University of Calcutta, D B A M University and Guru Nanak Dev University

Other institutes are also there that offer multiple languages and courses such as YMCA, Bharatiya Vidaya Bhawan and University of Delhi. They offer Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses.

In the last, I can say that all languages are part of the world. Learning any foreign language perfectly can shape your career and takes you to the bright side of the future.

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      Dinesh kumar 2 years ago

      I am working in a BPO and want to learn Japanese, so it will help to enhance my carrier in same field

      thanks

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      Shilpa K 2 years ago

      hi prathima

      i am confused which language should i learn german or Mandarin

      since i want to work with MNCs

      m a commerce background student doing finance

      which would u prefer me to learn

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      Durgeshsound 3 years ago from Indore

      Useful HUB

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      kailash 3 years ago

      for cse (computer science engineer) graduate which foreign language will more beneficial for carrer, german, french, spanish, japanese, korean or any scandinavian language?

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      shweta 3 years ago

      I got much knowledge about various foreign languages after reading this but m vry much confused which language among these should be opted for a best career..i passed +2 n want to make career in this but can not decide in which language..i want u to suggest which one has a better scope..please do help its an urgent need..can't decide by myself..

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      vikas 3 years ago

      Can u plz tell me d procedure for government job as a interpreter in embassies ??

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      Altaf Shoaib Khan 3 years ago

      I have recently passed out my +2 .Now i just wanna learn chinese or german. But is this right to learn it by some private institution for diploma.

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      neeraj 3 years ago

      I wanted to learn french but after reading this i have decided to go with german language so pls help me which language is good for me ....german is ok or not

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      Aditya 3 years ago

      I am inspire when i read this i really want to a learn but i don't decide which language is better for my carrer.. Plzz tell me which language is better..

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      Baljeet Singh 3 years ago

      Chinese is very tough but fun also

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      ANJU 3 years ago

      I K NOW SPANISH VERY AS STAYED THERE FOR 20 YEARS

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      Prithima Sharma 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Yes Thelma refresh them again as they are useful enough for your career. Thanks for visiting my hub

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      It is very interesting to learn many languages as possible. I would be interested to refresh my Spanish and Italian languages. I have learned them at schools but only uses them in my holidays. Not enough to be fluent. Thanks for sharing a very informative hub.

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      Prithima Sharma 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Yes flourishanyway you can learn any of the languages, all of them are useful and interesting. Even i am also learning Spanish and it is really interesting. Thanks for visiting my hub.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      I know enough French and Spanish just be dangerous (to myself) and am practicing on learning them better. I'd one day like to learn German and Mandarin, although not for career prospects, just for fun.

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      Prithima Sharma 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      ur welcome spongyollama, again cheers for dat.... Being a polyglot this is gud for u :) :)

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      Jake Brannen 4 years ago from Canada

      Thank you for that. I'm always interested in learning about what prospects I have as an accomplished polyglot. Cheers!

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      Prithima Sharma 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Lol right Emanuel 3 cheers for that opening.....

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Prithima, that's a job opening for a Swahili teacher. I hope one of your readers sees this business opportunity in learning Swahili - cheers!

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      Prithima Sharma 4 years ago from Delhi, India

      Hi Emmanuel, thanks for visiting my hub. I m feeling good that you r inspired from this hub and want to learn a language. About Swahili, in my knowledge, India does not have a single institute who teach this language as most of the students attract towards these popular languages, so ..... Thanks for taking interest in this hub....

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      Emmanuel Kariuki 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      After this article I am inspired to learn Mandarin (but without the characters). What about Swahili? I would expect at least one institution in India to teach it. I read somewhere that India has native Swahili speakers who probably came from East Africa a few centuries ago. Could you confirm this? Good writing and I look forward to reading more stellar hubs from you -shared!