Language is the most natural and essential means of communication. It forms the soul of any civilization and existence. Without language it would have been a chaotic situation where nothing can ever be comprehended. Today we have thousands of languages, each to its origin. But in a shrinking global village these languages are now becoming shared asset. With the advent of Multinational companies, the knowledge of foreign language is today reckoned as the passport to a good career.
Why is it essential to learn foreign language?
With India emerging as one of the global players, many foreign companies are now showing interest in venturing into the Indian market. This opens up doors for employees to expand their horizon and also climb the success ladder. Working for foreign brands also entails knowing the language of the organization. Therefore, an employee who can easily overcome the language barrier will have a multitude of opportunities opened up in front of him. Moreover, language skills are essential attributes in most professions and help in the advancement of career.
What are the kinds of jobs available in India?
Learning a foreign language opens up avenues for very elite and high paying jobs. Sectors such as tourism, foreign embassies, diplomatic services, entertainment, public relations, translation, mass communications hires a lot of foreign language experts. Various Multinational bodies also require candidates possessing excellent fluency in French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, Portuguese, etc. Some new avenues such as online content writers, technical translators or decoders too have come up in a big way.
Various sub bodies of United Nations also recruit professionals with language skills. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and various Indian national organisations such as Ministry of External Affairs, Reserve Bank of India (RBI), etc too require professionals who have specializations in foreign languages.
Apart from this, Teaching a very static job which never goes out of fashion and is always in demand.
What is the pay like?
Foreign language professionals draw an attractive compensation depending on their level and also the organization. Professionals working for PR or Marketing Department of any MNC can earn Rs 30,000 – 50,000 per month. Teachers can earn any salary in the range of Rs 15,000 to Rs 25,000 a month. Translators on the other hand receive Rs 250 to Rs 500 per page; compensation depends a lot upon the proficiency in the language. Similarly, an interpreter who is paid on an hourly basis can earn Rs 2000 to Rs 4000 per hour, again depending upon his caliber and work experience.