Foreign languages open up new career opportunities for youth in India

05 Aug 2013

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Gone are the days when people were satisfied with just learning English to communicate with the outside world. In today’s competitive world, there is an increasing need to know a foreign language besides one’s own native language. Therefore, many people, especially the younger generation have started learning foreign languages, not only to improve their communication skills, but also to widen their career prospects. And learning a foreign language definitely boosts one's career prospects.

Additionally, foreign language allows you to learn about foreign countries and their cultures and eliminating the barriers of communication when you travel. Languages such as Japanese, German, French and Spanish are commercial and very much in demand. Now-a-days, most of the recruiters look for people with varied interests and qualifications, so pursuing these additional courses could win you some brownie points at a job interview.

Different Roles, Different Names

Foreign language experts don a variety of roles depending upon their skills and experience as well as the job. Here are some of the professions you can look for:

  • Diplomatic Service Professional
  • Foreign Language Trainer
  • Translator for MNCs and Government Organizations
  • Research Associate
  • Interpreter
  • Tourist Guide
  • Air Hostess or Flight Steward
  • Attendant at hotels
  • Freelance Writer, Translator, Interpreter
  • Public Relation Officer

Top Companies:

Some of the top corporate companies that hire language experts are:

  • Accenture
  • Evalueserve
  • Wipro
  • Fiserv
  • TCS
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Infosys
  • Kuliza
  • Scabbard

And International organizations such as:

  • United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)


Indian national organizations such as:

  • Ministry of External Affairs
  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI)