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Saturday, 3 August 2013

Career in Foreign Language - Article by Farzad Minoo Damania [Parsi Times Weekly Newspaper]

Hi Friends,

Check out my article publication in Parsi Times Newspaper dated 3rd August 2013, on Career in Foreign Language.

Article Title: Career in Foreign Language
Article Date: 3rd August, 2013
Article on: Parsi Times Newspaper
Article Author: Farzad Minoo Damania



You can read the entire transcript of the article below:

As India marches towards being a global player and with an increase in multinational trade, foreign language speaking professionals are in great demand in the corporate world. Thus studying a foreign language as a primary or supplementary job skill can help you groom your career. Foreign language skills can help you in both professional and personal development.

When you study a foreign language, it entails learning about the language, literature, linguistics and culture of that foreign language.

Abilities and Traits:
Learning a foreign language requires high level of concentration, focus and hard work. Also, it goes without saying that you must love reading and writing. You need to be accurate with words, pronunciations, and grammar. You must have deep interest and passion in learning about the culture, language and way of life of other people. You should possess cultural sensitivity and have a genuine interest in understanding different cultures. Strong interpersonal and clear communication skills are also important.

Specializations and Courses:
You may consider learning any of these foreign languages – German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Chinese, Korean, Arabic and Persian. Few well known institutes offering courses in a foreign language include Max Muller Bhavan (German), Acdemia Espanol (Spanish), Alliance Francaise de Bombay (French), Instituto Hispania (Spanish), Indo - Italian Chamber of Commerce (Italian), and Indo-Japan Chamber Of Commerce and Industry (Japanese). These institutes offer beginner, intermediate and advanced levels courses. Also, you can consider foreign language graduate and post graduate courses offered by University of Mumbai, University of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru University. Some universities offering courses in foreign languages conduct entrance exams (oral and written) for admission to their bachelors and masters degree programs.


Job Prospects:
Students have a wrong impression that language as a career option does not offer much job scope, because they feel that the only job option after doing these courses is as a teacher or professor. But this is not true. Other than teaching and research, you can find job opportunities as translator, interpreter and customer support executive in BPOs, KPOs and MNCs. Opportunities exist in travel agencies, airline companies and tour guide agencies. You can consider working in foreign diplomacy and external affairs departments of the Government of India via the UPSC route.  Several PR agencies, law firms, import-export companies, marketing and advertising agencies also hire language specialists. Jobs in publishing agencies and media houses are also possible.  

Salary Expectations:
Foreign language professionals can earn an attractive salary package depending on the work and organization. You can earn between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30,000 per month right after graduation. Translators charge Rs. 1 to Rs. 5 per word, whereas interpreters charge between Rs. 1,000 per hour to Rs. 10,000 per day.

For all your career queries, reach out to me on farzad.damania@gmail.com or 9833971773.
Your feedback is highly appreciated.

Best Regards,
Farzad Minoo Damania
Career Counsellor & Corporate Trainer 
Career Nurturer
Mob: 9833971773


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