Careers in Foreign Language
With Globalization, a career in foreign language is becoming an attractive proposition. Our trade links are expanding overseas so the requirement for people with skills in language is increasing. Skills in foreign languages like French, German, Russian, Chinese and more recently Japanese, Spanish and Korean are in great demand. There are many opportunities lik ethat of tour operators, online content writers, technical translators or decoders, interpreters and translators. Interpreters need a thorough knowledge of the language, because they have to transfer spoken statements from one language to another, where as translators have to translate written documents, which needs excellent writing skills in languages.
Then the multinationals companies coming to India have thrown open the doors to people who are proficient in foreign languages. The ever increasing amount of scientific, technological and cultural information promises a growing need for those who are able to facilitate international communications. Academic qualifications in foreign languages helps in pursuing careers in the areas of tourism, entertainment, public relations and mass communication, international organizations, embassies, diplomatic service, publishing houses, BPO's etc. More and more avenues are opening up in tourism and call centers.
The future growth prospects also vary from language to language. In governmental work, apart from French, German, Spanish, Japanese etc, even smaller languages like Pashpio, Uzbek, Tajiks, Hebrew, Portuguese etc have a huge demand now.
Course Details For career in Foreign Language
There are 3 types of courses to pursue for a career in foreign languages, ie., Certificate course, Diploma course and Degree courses. Some Institutes offer both basic and advanced level courses such as postgraduate and PhD, some of them extending up to 5-6 years.
The eligibility for certificate and degree courses is 10+2. In most of the places eligibility for the diploma course is the certificate course in that language. JNU is a major institution conducting language courses. For Japanese, there is a language proficiency test conducted by the Mombusho Scholars Association and Alliance Française is the centre for conducting various French tests like the TEF ( required by the Canadian High Commission), the TCF, DELF /DALF tests and diplomas delivered by the French Ministry of Education. Some institutes offer both basic and advanced level courses such as postgraduate and PhD in foreign languages
Career Prospects in Foreign Language
Job prospects for foreign language students ranges from secretarial, executive and public relation assignments to translation and interpretation.
Based on the nature of work they do, they can be classified as:
TEACHING: The most common of all the available career options in foreign language is teaching the language. As a teacher, a person gets enough opportunities to increase the skills. As far as teaching jobs are concerned, many institutions are offering courses in foreign languages and so jobs exists at all levels. Those reluctant to engage themselves in a full-time profession, can take private tuition as well.
INTERPRETERS AND TRANSLATORS: Interpreters and translators both need to have a good command over two or more languages. Interpreters job relates to interpreting spoken words of one language into another, therefore needs to have not only good command over the language but have excellent verbal communication skills.
The job of an interpreter can be of different types. Sometimes they are engaged in simultaneous interpretation, which is used for meetings, conferences, speeches etc. Here the interpreters sits in a sound proof room and listens to speeches and almost spontaneously interprets it in the target language into a microphone. The other type of interpreting are consecutive interpreting and liaison interpreting. Consecutive interpreting goes on during formal speeches where the speaker halts for a while when the interpreter interprets the spoken statements to the audience. Liaison interpreting is to facilitate conversation between to people knowing different languages. Interpreters accompany business groups and official delegations on overseas trips and are in great demand for technical translation.
Translation work can be related to a variety of fields like technical, scientific literary or business. Translators work on books, scripts, articles and translate them into specified languages. Apart from having linguistic skills, a translator must possess adequate knowledge in the area of the work so as to maintain the style and essence of the original text.
CONTET WRITING: Academic qualification in a foreign language gives a person a scope to write contents for various websites or other works that are available online.He can evn work as a decoder or translator working from home.Content writers with knowledge of a foreign language are greatly in demand in the BPO and KPO sector.
FREELANCING: Often, after pursuing courses in foreign languages, people like to work as freelancers. These people get work in translation bureaus, research organisations, international organisations like UNO, FAO, foreign companies, Reserve Bank of India, publishing houses etc. Expertise in foreign language coupled with other additional qualifications in areas like management, tourism, hospitality industry, airlines can be even fruitful and better the chances for employment opportunities.
Scale of pay vary with the kind and the place of work. For instance, a career in teaching can earn anything from Rs.10000/- p.m to Rs. 20000/- p.m. Those working as translators get paid between Rs. 50/- to Rs.100/- per page. An interpreter gets paid on hourly basis and at present the rate varies from Rs. 300/- to Rs. 500/- per hour. A good interpreter can earn amount up to Rs.4000/-per hour. For those working with embassies can get paid between Rs. 8000/- p.m. to Rs. 10000/- p.m.
Universities offering Courses in Foreign Language
Almost all universities in India conduct courses in foreign Language.Please click here for detailed list of universities conducring courses in foreign language.