Scope & Career in Foreign Languages

Of all the reasons for learning a foreign language, career and job opportunities are the most important factor. How? Read along.
Career in foreign languages

There are plenty of good reasons to learn a foreign language in India.

Of all the people I’ve surveyed, met, taught, and listened to over thirteen years, a career in foreign languages is the single most important factor people choose to study a new language.

Introduction

Languages are the central theme of communication in every aspect of human endeavor–be it in the social, economic, and political sphere.

With modern-day Indians emerging as a global player in the socio-economic scheme of things, it has become needful for every individual to be well equipped.

The ability to maintain parity with the rest of the world’s multinational and international players.

And this can only be achieved through the rudiments of communication, which lies in the invaluable process of using multiple languages.

Gone are the days of relying on one’s native language in communicating with people, especially in business dealings.

The innovative advent of modern technology has made the world a global village, and now, more than ever, the language barrier has to be broken.

To remain competitive and increase your career opportunity and job prospect, you have to communicate smoothly to pave the way for unfettered business connection flows.

And here is where learning a new language becomes the latest trend in India and offers career in Foreign languages.

Why Learning Foreign Languages is Important in India?

Career Options in Foreign Languages

People don’t jump in the bandwagon of learning foreign languages in India for the fun of it.

With the increase in business interrelationship accelerating globally at an unprecedented rate, Indian companies, firms, and entrepreneurs operating in the country.

Companies like Amazon, Infosys, Samsung, TCS, HCL, LG, L&T, IBM, Genpact, Fujitsu Technology, Accenture, and Geometric Ltd, among others, are now evaluating employees based on their foreign language proficiency.

Some of the significant incentives to know additional foreign languages involve on-site options and more job openings across various industries.

It also increases the level of salary compared to regular graduates, ease of doing business with counterparts, and other stakeholders based outside the shores of the country.

If you are looking to earn extra cash from your peers, learn a foreign language.

For instance, there was a recent advertisement published on LinkedIn by IBM, stating that: “A core developer is needed, with proficiency in French.”

Imagine if a renowned tech giant like IBM is placing such emphasis on a foreign language as a prerequisite for such an equally important employment.

It speaks volumes on the importance of learning foreign languages, and while so many Indians these days are taking foreign language classes.

Following the exploit of globalization, knowing just the mother tongue is no longer enough.

Your engineering degree or MBA may no longer earn as much cash as a foreign language, especially if it is Mandarin, German, Russian, Japanese, Spanish, or French.

The entire business environment is currently being driven by a massive requirement for foreign language experts, translators, trainers, and software developers.

To compete competitively and to stand a better chance of realizing your career dream, you have to see the importance of learning a foreign language.

The Career Mindset

There are several benefits to learning foreign languages. The career scope is the most inspiring reason why so many students are interested in that.

We came to discover that there are two main primary categories of people learning foreign languages. These are;

1. People who are learning a foreign language because it offers them a better career opportunity to gain employment.

2. People who start learning a foreign language because of some personal reasons, such as migrating to other countries, hobby, traveling, peer group influence, or want to access music, movie, literature in different languages.

At some point, they decided it’s a good idea to use what they have learned to start a career or further the objectives of an existing profession.

These two classes of reasons can be referred to as “extrinsic and intrinsic” inspiration for foreign language learning.

In India alone, about 200 Chinese firms are doing business here, and about 5,000 Japanese firms operate here.

More than 2,00,000 people with proficiency in various languages are required for employment opportunities in India.

Furthermore, the demand for people with bilingual credibility is increasing, ranging more than 20% each year.

Career in Foreign Languages

foreign language careers

There are many foreign languages available for you to learn. There are many factors to consider when choosing the right language to learn.

The five of the most influential foreign language options for studies in India are Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.

These languages are regarded as the most sought-after as far as career and prospect, employment opportunities, and immigration are concerned.

However, there are other foreign languages in India that are gaining increasing attention from Indian individuals at home and abroad.

These are Russian, Dutch, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian, Persian, Korean, and others.

Job Opportunities After Learning Foreign Languages

Academic qualifications and sound proficiency in foreign languages is the key that opens a more large-scale door for a career in vital sectors.

It includes tourism, diplomatic services, embassies, journalism, mass communication, and public relations, entertainment, arts, publishing, interpretation and translation, federal and international organizations.

It also affords the opportunity of working with multinationals corporations (MNCs) and specialized governmental agencies.

India is the third fastest-growing economy in the world.

India’s high expectation will expand the business and bilateral trade links with many countries in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia in the coming years.

A process that is already in full swing.

The country seeks to diversify from reliance on traditional markets, like the USA and Europe, in the aftermath of the global economic slowdown.

Thousands of Indian firms are now becoming more proactive—re-strategizing their business outlook across all sectors.

The majority of the Indian businesses are now seeking new business opportunities in Manufacturing, IT, KPO, BPO, Pharmaceuticals, Hospitality, Healthcare, Education, Media, BFSI, and more.

While many of these new markets can boast of essential consumption patterns, English may not be the central language of transition and conversion in these markets.

Thus, knowing a local language in any of these non-English speaking countries is becoming an indispensable factor for Indian firms seeking to do business abroad.

These firms need to improve their business, and the only way is to hire personnel with knowledge of the foreign language where their business interest lies.

That explains the continuous rise in demand for employees with foreign language credentials by Indian companies trading overseas and non-Indian businesses operating in the country.

Below are some other pros of learning foreign languages.

1. Become a Translator, Interpreter or Teacher

With your knowledge of a foreign language, you can work as a translator or interpreter for a company. Besides, you can also work as an independent freelancer as a language expert.

There are so many opportunities for translators and interpreters in India these days. Thanks to the increasing entry of foreign firms and large-scale projects outsourcing to Indian companies by their European and American counterparts.

Acting as an interpreter or a translator can be very lucrative, depending on how experienced you are. You can also work for Media houses, Tourist centers, sports clubs, or any international company, and so on.

Thanks to a plethora of job opportunities, Translator and Interpreter as a Career Option is quite popular among students pursuing language courses. 

There are also career opportunities for editor, proofreader, content writer, teacher, lecturer, and corporate language trainer.

The possibilities are just infinite.

2. Work for the Immigration / Custom Services

It is one area in which you can flourish handsomely with your knowledge in a foreign language.

Language Jobs in the embassy or Government agencies such as the immigration and customs departments will find your resume attractive due to your foreign language skills.

Imagine you qualify as e Spanish specialist, and the government is out looking for personnel to fill various positions in the nation’s embassies.

It can be in any Spanish speaking territories like Latin America and Spain itself. Your resume will receive priority, among others, ahead of others who don’t have such a qualification.

Moreover, if you decide to travel or do business in places like Spain or Latin America, your Spanish knowledge would open up doors of opportunity for you.

It will also enable you to have an equal playing and negotiation dealing with business partners and prospects.

3. Jobs in MNC, KPO, BPO, & IT

ITES (Information Technology Enabled Service), offshoring industry, and Outsourcing have brought a lot of job opportunities paving the way for learning foreign languages in India.

Adding it to your CV is a surefire way to get a decent job in BPO and MNC.

Jobs could involve speaking skills, collection of information, working on documents in the corresponding language, voice-based employment, training, transaction, data processing, and migration processes, quality management, email support services, etc. 

Indian companies have great expertise in providing a wide range of BPO and KPO services across various verticals.

Multilingual call center services are offered to multiple offshore companies in the financial, telecom, medical, insurance, and banking sectors.

Today, there is a high career demand for experts in foreign languages in Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and other parts of the country.

The minimum salary range with 0-2 years of experience or Freshers is between 3.5 to 6 lakhs per annum.

Foreign language expert salary is generally 25% to 40% higher over their English speaking counterparts.

4. Hospitality, Travel & Tourism

There is never a time when people don’t move.

There is always an exodus of people from different countries of the world to other countries, especially during the holidays and winter seasons.

Millions of people visit India as tourists from year to year. The majority of these people do not speak English nor understand the local Indian dialect.

Attraction centers, shopping malls, 3, 4, and 5-stars hotels & suites need workers that can communicate fluently with these thousands of visitors that patronize their businesses from time to time.

With your knowledge in a foreign language, you might be the customer service staff they need.

Your multilingual credentials can get you hired just about anywhere that has to do with clients and customers of foreign origin.

There are plenty of career choices in Tourism for language learners.

5. Reap big from Import & Export Sector

The world has become smaller and smaller due to its digitized global economy.

These have opened up an enormous opportunity in businesses involving various forms of importation and exportation.

The majority of the more substantial corporations in India now prefer to hire people who can speak new or more foreign languages other than their native language.

For example, your knowledge of Chinese will open up a career opportunity for you to export goods or services from India to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand.

These are the places where the language is spoken as a first or second language.

Employers who engage in the export and import business with these countries will find your expertise in Mandarin a massive plus for their businesses.

On the other hand, you might decide to go solo by doing business with corporations in the places mentioned above — acting as their rep here in India.

It is a win-win situation for you at any time and in any location.

Final Thought

The career scope of foreign languages is on the rise, and from every indication, the trend will continue until the “alien take over” is complete (pardon my pun).

Now that you have known what career reasons and benefits awaits you out there in the corporate world.

Why don’t you start a class in one of the languages mentioned in this article?

Don’t forget. You can’t lose out knowing one or more foreign languages; you will always end up the winning.

LanguageNext offers a wide range of French, Spanish, and Foreign language courses in Noida.

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Vikash Gupta

Vikash Gupta

I take a great interest in the languages of the world and that is why I choose this career. By profession, I'm a College lecturer and by passion, I'm still a learner. I write at languagenext.com/blog and studyfrenchspanish.com

183 thoughts on “Scope & Career in Foreign Languages”

  1. Radhika Varshney

    Hello Sir,
    I’m 20 from Delhi. I want to go abroad (Singapore). Can you please suggest to me not the best but good languages to go there for a job! Now I’m graduating from DU.
    Regards,
    Radhika Varshney

    1. While English is the de facto language of Singapore, a significant minority speaks Mandarin. Therefore, you can consider Mandarin Chinese.

      1. Radhika Varshney

        Thank you very much. Can you help me with one more thing? Will Advanced Diploma in Mandarin Chinese from DU (St. Stephens and Ramjas) itself will good, or from any pvt. Institutions?

        1. Yes, Colleges like St. Stephens, Daulat Ram, and Ramjas are good options. But do remember, it will take 3 years to complete the Advanced Diploma. If you go with the private institutions, do take the HSK test to gain international certification.

          1. Radhika Varshney

            Okay. Thank you for your advice. But pvt. Institutions or those colleges, which will be better! I’m asking because forms are out and I’ve to hurry then.

          2. It depends on the institute and the College. Both have their owns pros and cons. For example, Colleges take more time, but the price is affordable. On the other hand, The quality of teaching at some reputed private institutes are better, but fees are also high. While you won’t get an advanced Diploma, but that can be easily compensated by appearing for the HSK exam.

          3. Radhika Varshney

            Sir, can I contact you in other ways. I want to know several things and good guidance as well. Thank you. [hidden]. If you can contact here.

  2. Dr Vaidehi Parekh

    Hello sir.
    My name is Vaidehi, and I am a dentist. But I want to learn any foreign language and take that as a career. But I stay in Baroda, Gujarat, and I am the mother of a 7-year boy. So I shifting to another city is not an option. So, I am confused that if I spend a few years learning any foreign language and if that has no career option in Baroda, then all will go in vain. So can you suggest which language should I learn and pursue a career staying in Baroda (online) or so?

    Thank you

    1. I always use to think that a career as a Dentist is good. But, if you wish to learn a foreign language, you can pick one of the popular and no so hard languages. French, German, and Spanish are three great choices.

      Alliance Française in Baroda teaches French from Beginners to Advanced level. You can also search for German or Spanish courses in nearby private institutes. I’m sure you will find some opportunities there in the future. Good luck!

  3. Hello Sir, Gaurav this side from New Delhi.

    I have done Masters of Commerce and Graduation from DU and have been working in the corporate sector for 4 years. This means that I am from Commerce stream with 4 yrs of experience in the corporate world. Nowadays, I am thinking to learn a language to make my profile more strong. Moreover, I am thinking to go abroad after leaning a language whether for studies or Immigration.

    Consequently, I really need to select that language that offers me all the benefits ahead like Foreign studies, Immigration, or Professional life. I am thinking about German but somehow confused. Could you please help me out to select the best language to learn?

    Thanks and Regards,
    Gaurav Chandel

    1. There is no best language. It all depends on individual perspective and specific goal. For example, French is an added advantage in Canada, whereas German plays a vital role in central Europe. Then in the Southern United States, Central and South America, Spanish matters. Think about the benefits associated with some of the popular languages, and pick the one as per your understanding. And, yes, German is also a great choice.

  4. Hello Sir, Namaste! I have learned the French Language with Delf B1 and couldn’t continue as I could not make both ends meet those days. After finishing it, I got a job in MNC as a chatting executive with Canadians. After working for 9 months over there I have been selected as Postal Assistant in India post. I couldn’t decide whether to join it or not, but my friends and family members forced me to join the postal dept as it’s a central govt job.

    Now the problem arises. I feel regret after joining this, and I didn’t really like the work and administration here and also I could not go back. Now, I started learning Japanese. Could you please suggest to me whether I could get a good amount of salary with N3 or should I continue in Postal dept or should I do more. Kindly clarify me with a kind heart.

    1. ‘A Bird in the Hand is Worth Two in the Bush.’ I’d recommend continuing with your current job, and simultaneously learn Japanese to achieve N2/N1 in next few years. In the future, if you find great opportunities involving languages, you can consider quitting your existing job, or you can also work as a part-time Freelance with your language skills.

  5. Hello sir, I am pursuing an advanced diploma in French from St Stephens College of Delhi University and a diploma in Retail Marketing and IT. Can you advise me on what can I do further?

    1. If you have already completed the bachelor program, you can consider an MBA, MA in French, or DALF C1/C2. It all depends on your career goals.

  6. Hello sir, I completed my 12th class with PCB and I want to become at least an interpreter in the Korean language. I am from Delhi. Which course or program will get me a stable job?

    1. To become an interpreter, you need to achieve near-native level fluency in Korean. For that, long term courses like BA + MA in Korean, or enroll in any private institute or Korean culture center to complete TOPIK level 6 in a few years.

  7. Hello sir,
    I am preparing for JLPT n4, and I am very confused. Should I complete graduation in B.Com or B.Sc.? And will I get a job in India after n3?

    1. After N3, you can find some entry-level jobs, however, aim for at least N2 for a better opportunity. B.Com or B.Sc. is quite subjective, and only you can decide.

  8. Sir, up to which level should I’ve to learn for better job opportunities? And I’ll do BCom. as well as the German language. So what if I completed my language course before graduation?

      1. Sir, I am a CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT and a COMPANY SECRETARY, and I want to pursue teaching foreign languages as a career as I am passionate about teaching. Can you Please guide which language should I learn for the same having no prior experience in foreign languages. Which will help me grow my teaching career in India? Also, I am very much open to freelancing translation of foreign languages as a career too. These both sides I want to pursue.

        1. This is the most difficult and frequently asked question I get. Sadly, there is no perfect language that suits all. You can make a career as a teacher or translator literally in any of the top 10/15 languages. The choice of the language is totally subjective and depends on multiple factors like your language learning ability, duration, interest, location, and goal. I’d suggest reading several language-related articles over the next few weeks, and then take the decision that fits your understanding.

  9. Aakansha Kalsulkar

    Hello sir,
    I just completed my 12th grade via the science stream and I am interested in pursuing a career related to foreign languages. If I have to begin, what would be the process of doing so? and would it be necessary to have a degree in either bsc or ba?

    1. First, choose a language, and then decide the language course. If you don’t want to totally depend on languages, you can go with any stream of your choice, along with part-time language programs.

  10. Sir, if a bachelor’s degree in any foreign language only provides any job? If I want to pursue any other program and language learning as a side course, which course will do good?

    1. Both options are fine, but the 2nd choice will provide more opportunities, and you won’t be dependent on only one skill.

  11. Hello sir,
    I want to learn Spanish and want to make a career in this language. I am 39 yrs old. Which job would I get after doing a certificate course?

  12. Dear Sir, I am looking for a specialized foreign language for my son who is doing his final year BBA an intense course. Which language would you suggest and which is the most trusted place to learn?

    1. The choice of language is a pretty subjective thing, and that’s why I don’t suggest any particular one. Once you decide the language, I can recommend you some good options. Do mention the city.

  13. Hello sir, I’ve been studying Spanish for 2 years and I’m currently on DELE B1 level. But apart from the DELE course, I haven’t done any graduation course. So I wanted to know that will this affect on my job selection, Is a degree like BA or Bsc important for a selection in Spanish jobs or should I solely focus on preparing for my DELE as I have a target of at least C1 level?

      1. Gracias señor, Also I was reading about eligibility for entrance in MA Spanish in a university. It says:
        • A bachelor’s Spanish OR a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a certificate of B1 level proficiency equivalent to Advanced Diploma in Spanish
        •Students pursuing the above qualifying exams are also eligible to apply for the course.
        I just wanted to confirm is this true?

        1. Yes, Graduation and Spanish knowledge, similar to BA/Advanced Diploma in Spanish or B2, are required to clear the MA entrance test.

  14. Hi sir. I’m Nitin. I’m pursuing B.tech. IT. I’m learning the Japanese language as an academic subject. Other than that, my college provides a course by Japanese foundation for a fee. Now I’m thinking, is it useful to pay the fees and complete a course offered by that foundation, or else shall I stop only with the language only as an academic subject?

    Does the Japanese language is considered as only an added advantage? Or does it play a major role in placements? Just learning N5 and N4 will get me a job? Could you tell me about other various applications of the language in engineering and technology, sir?

    1. If you’re intrigued by the Japanese language, you can take the beginner’s level. It won’t make a significant difference as far as placement is concerned, but can add some value to your CV.

      The N5 and N4 are JLPT exams, and you will get the certification once you pass the exam. Later, as per your interest, you can continue until N2/N1 and make a full-fledged career as a Japanese specialist in any industry, including engineering and IT.

      1. Currently, I am studying plus two CBSE, and I am interested to learn a foreign language. But I am confused about choosing the language, Sir. Please don’t reply like ‘it’s ur choice’.. Kindly guide me to the next level.

        1. Of so many choices and reasons, it is nearly impossible to suggest “one” particular language. What works for someone may not work for you. A vast majority quit learning Mandarin within a year because it is too tricky despite great career possibilities. Similarly, many don’t feel like studying Italian due to insufficient opportunities, but I believe it is one of the most beautiful languages, and that is a convincing reason, at least for me. The most important reason to learn any language should be interest or a specific goal. If you don’t have, read more until you find one. Perhaps, this can help you — How to Choose a Language to Learn. Good luck!

    2. Vidhi Bhuptani

      Sir,
      Currently, I am pursuing B1 from Alliance Française, and I had spoken to you previously regarding MA in French. I also want to know whether specialization in International Trade Management, along with the diploma in the French language is a good combination for career prospects?

      1. MBA or PGDM is a good option, along with B2. I don’t know much about the specialization of international trade management and the career opportunities associated with it. So, difficult for me to suggest.

  15. Hi, I have done B.Com and M.Com both from distance education mode. I want to know that whether learning a foreign language will help me in fetching a good job? I want to learn German and want to work as a school teacher or a translator. As I neither have a regular degree, nor I am an MBA. I am quite confused about whether learning this language will help me or not. Please guide.

    1. You can get a job, but it depends on your engagement with the German language and place you’re living. You can try for regular classes at any reputed institution. So, you learn correctly and earn a certification in the end. You can also consider the Goethe-Zertifikat exam. Many schools also demand a B.Ed degree. For translation work, you need a higher level of proficiency. Keep al these in mind before start learning German.

  16. Hi sir,
    I’m thinking of doing some foreign language courses, but I doubt that nowadays technology becomes so advanced that machines can do the work of translator/interpreter. So I’m confused that there is a vast scope of learning a foreign language or not.

    1. Vikash Gupta

      Translation and Interpretation is just one possibility for language learners. There are infinite opportunities in a variety of industries. Translating technology is, indeed, becoming more powerful. However, machine translations can never replace human translation. The machine cannot translate accurately when words or phrases have multiple meanings, and when it depends on the context to know what is meant.

      Then we have things such as idioms, tone, proverbs, and varieties. For high accuracy, human translators are required, and this is not going to change anytime soon.

  17. I want to learn a foreign language, but I am confused like most important language to learn. Which type of language learning and levels I need. Please guide me, sir.

    1. There is no most important language. You can select one of the popular ones and can aim for at least an upper-intermediate level to help you in your career. Rest you can read the blog to understand more.

  18. Hello Sir,

    I wish to learn a language and become a teacher. I am already in my 40s. What course do you suggest to learn a language?

    1. Select a language, and go with a long term course (2-3 years) in any private institute to achieve upper-intermediate or advanced proficiency.

  19. How does a foreign language course (Degree/diploma) stand as a career option for a 12th-grade Humanities student in comparison to other career options like BA/ BEd/ Law/ Visual/ Performance/ Literary Arts, etc.? Can I, as a parent, rely on a degree course in Foreign languages for my son (assuming he has a keen interest in foreign languages)? Does it pay well?

  20. Miss.Vaidehi Sandip Dawande

    Hello Vikash Sir,
    I am currently in class 12th in Science Stream and wish to learn a foreign language and to explore my knowledge also through it. Can I choose a foreign language as my career even after my 12th science stream?

      1. Miss.Vaidehi Sandip Dawande

        Sir,
        For the Japanese language, which college will be best in Maharashtra. What will be its minimum range of fees?

        1. There are not many options to learn Japanese at any University in Maharashtra. You can try 3-years Advanced Diploma at Mumbai University or BA in Japanese from Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth in Pune. You can contact the respective institutions for the fee though it would be affordable.

          1. Hello Vikash sir,
            Sir, I am a student of commerce stream, this year I will give my 12 board exam, after this, I am thinking to pursue a degree in a foreign language. My question is, what is the duration of the courses related to these languages and is it equal to graduation? Because graduation is important for any higher level.

    1. Sir, only a language course is enough to build a better career in the future? I want to do something else that relates to the language course.

      1. Yes, one can make a full-fledged career in languages only with language skills. If you don’t want to take the risk, opt for another long term course other than language.

  21. Hello sir,
    Myself Anchit completed my graduation as marine engineering and pursing as a marine engineer. After every contract, I get a time-lapse for 3 to 4 months, so I want to utilize this time to learn a foreign language and build my career in future when I don’t want to go on a ship. So please guide me accordingly. Since I want to work as an interpreter or translator as a government employee.

    1. Learning a new language is a great way to enhance personal and professional horizons. You can pick one language as per your interest and start learning it. The choice of language is entirely subjective, and only you can decide. I’d suggest you spend some time reading before beginning the journey of language fluency.

  22. Hello sir,
    I am a Graduate in English (Hons), and I wish to carry on my studies taking a foreign language as a subject like Japanese or Korean. I wish to aspire to a good career, in the long run, taking these subjects. What should I do regarding the courses? Please help.
    Thank you, sir.

    1. Firstly, you can choose which language you wish to begin. Once you have decided, and depending on your location, you can enroll in one of the learning centers to complete at least an upper-intermediate course. Then to gauge your level, you can appear for international language tests like TOPIK or JLPT. You’ll find plenty of employment possibilities across India.

  23. Sir,
    I have a Bachelor’s degree in Arts and a Diploma in GDT. I’ve studied optional French for four years in college (2 years in PU and 2 years in the University). I also started learning Spanish at home for the fun of it. Is the degree enough to get me an entry-level job? Should I go for a Diploma/ a Certificate course or apply for a higher degree in these languages?

    1. Sorry, I didn’t get you. If you wish to work based on languages, then you have to consider an Advanced Diploma or B1/B2 in languages. Optional French and some knowledge of Spanish are usually not that helpful in the job hunt.

  24. Hello sir, I am a teacher in a technical school, but I want to become a French language teacher. What type of opportunities can i get after learning?

  25. Sir, I’m in class 12. I want to do foreign language course after 12. Which is the best language and college for this course?

    1. Sir, I want to know what kind of IT courses are suitable for a foreign language learner? These days there are many jobs for language learners in the IT field which demand specific skills besides the knowledge of the language. I have done german till C.

  26. My sister is pursuing BBA. She wants to build a career in a foreign language. Could you please help here with understanding the scope of learning a foreign language with BBA. She also wants to do an MBA after working for a few years. Is it relevant to learn the foreign language along with BBA and MBA? Thanks in advance!! 🙂

      1. Hi sir, if you give some advice for better foreign language. I live in Kolkata and im 22yr old, and doing B.com (undergraduate). So sir, which foreign language is suitable for me? Please guide me.

  27. I am doing Bachelor with the German language. And I am confused with MBA and Masters with German. Can you please guide me? Or any other better option than MBA and MA? Please suggest me better.

    1. You can study German part-time, but the same is not possible with an MBA. Thus, a Full-time MBA in in-demand specialization from a reputed University along with a part-time German course is an excellent combination.

  28. Hi Vikash,
    I am 35 years old and have a decade of experience as a journalist and content writer put together. I have also done B2 in German from the Goethe Institut and am looking to finish C1 as well. Will I get good job opportunities as a teacher or translator after I finish C1? Is it advisable to do an MA in German too? I am looking at JNU and EFLU as options in India. Please suggest.

    1. C1 is enough to become a German teacher. Maybe you can pursue C2 too if your intent to become a translator.

  29. I am 38 yrs and working in IT. Would like to take up a foreign language as a secondary profession in 4 to 5 yrs from now. Please advise which language is most close to English. I am confused between Spanish, German, and French. Although I see French is more widespread in terms of teaching institutions in India.

    1. Between three, German is the closest to English since both belong to the family of Germanic languages. On the other hand, French and Spanish are part of the Romance group. Yes, French is the most popular language as far as teaching is concerned.

      1. Sir, I did English Hons from Patna university. I am planning to study a certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in a foreign language from Jamia Islamia college Delhi. I’m preparing for the entrance test. Please guide me. Which language I should go for and is it beneficial for my career job opportunities

        1. I’m a language-agnostic as far the choice is concerned. Thus, I usually don’t recommend a particular language. Maybe you can read some of the articles on this blog on the same topic.

  30. Sir, I’m from Delhi and doing BA from IGNOU. And I want to do a language course. Which language course I should choose for more income and what is the expected salary after doing a language course. And from where I should take admission? Please guide me how can I be a language teacher, and what’s the step to be a teacher?

    1. So many questions! You have asked for everything. I suggest you read some of the articles, go through it slowly over the next few days. Then, you can ask any specific question! I ‘ll be glad to help you 🙂

  31. Hiron Jyoti Deori

    Sir,
    I am planning to learn the Japanese language to grow my career. I have done my graduation in mechanical engineering. I need your advice. Will it be good for me to learn Japanese language and what will be the opportunities I will be getting to build my career.

    1. Yes, but that will take a long time. Once you achieve a higher competency level, you can explore the opportunities! Till then keep learning and keep your career options open!

    1. Well, the last date to apply for session 2019-2020 is over. In which city, you wish to enroll? Let me know!

  32. Sir, I’m doing BCom, and I want a pursue a foreign language. Which foreign language has more demand in the market as of now?

    1. While it is possible to learn two languages at the same time, I, however, don’t recommend that. The danger of confusing them would be too great. Expanding yourself thin is another way of not providing each language the attention it deserves. You can achieve the Lower/Upper Intermediate level in 2 years. Thus, two languages in 4 years are a realistic approach.

  33. Sir, I am 21 yr old. I want to learn a foreign language, and I want to get a better salary or opportunities. After marriage now, I am in Mumbai. So, Which Language offers more job vacancy in Mumbai.

  34. Soubhagya Das

    Hello Vikash,
    I am 32 yrs engineering graduate and presently working in the Industrial Automation sector. I am very much interested to learn any foreign language part-time, which will be helpful for a job opportunity abroad only. So I am confused between German and French. Can you suggest which one will be better as per industry automation concern and land me a good opportunity? How long will I take to learn it? Also, can you suggest which way it will be better like online courses or in some institute? And please recommend some good part-time institute in Pune! And some youtube channel if online is better!

  35. Hello sir,
    I’m waiting for my final year result of graduation from School of open learning, DU. How much time would it take to complete an advanced diploma in a foreign language course? How would it be beneficial for me? What kind of job would I get after this? Please guide me.

    1. Approximately 3 years to achieve a higher level of competence. It will be difficult to answer in a few lines. You can read some of the articles ion this blog.

  36. Jigyasa pareek

    Sir, I have completed my BCom this year I’m confused between MBA and language course. Which course will give me a good job with good salary please help me with this.

      1. I m MA and B.Ed working in a private school as a teacher. I want to learn a foreign language. Which language will be easy to learn in 1-year certificate course french or Spanish?. Sir, please suggest me.

        1. Spanish is comparatively easier than French. If you want to learn as a hobby, a 1-year certificate is fine. For career, aim for long-duration courses like a 3-year Advanced Diploma or DELE B2/C1.

  37. Hi, I am Harish Singh and I lived in Thailand for some time. During that time I learned the Thai language spoken and listening part. If there any job option tell me.

  38. Sir, I have completed my 1st year in BCA. After completing my BCA, I want to make my career as a French language specialist. Sir, I want to give me some tips please sir.

    1. If you want to make a career as a French expert, why to pursue BCA? Why not BA in French, and after that you will get direct admission in MA in French. Simple, Effective and Affordable. To be eligible for high-paying French specialist jobs in a highly competitive job market, one needs a higher proficiency level which might take 3-5 years. If you have to do BCA for some reason, then my advice is to concentrate on that only. When the time will come, you can nibble about French.

  39. Sir according to you Italian has not much scope as other foreign languages have. According to you learning Italian as a cultural aspect quite okay but as a career aspect it might have fewer opportunities but tell me if it has less scope in comparison to other foreign languages than why GRS offers ba Hons in Italian in its main foreign languages even masters and Ph.D. also. I am totally confused sir if Italian has not much scope than what for I go for political Hons or ba hons in Italian. I have interest in both I don’t which course is more highly paid. Please suggest me sir.

    1. The DU’s Arts faculty is one of the rare Indian University with BA, MA, Ph.D. in the Italian program. Even prominent universities like JNU, BHU, EFL, MU, PU, VBU, and many more do not offer a similar course. Similarly, Arabic, Tibetan, Persian are offered by over 20 Universities. These things have nothing to do with the career scope.

      If you have the interest, you should learn Italian. While job opportunities are limited but the number of people learning Italian in India is significantly lower compared to other popular foreign languages.

  40. Hii sir,
    M from Chhattisgarh (rajnandgaon). I am 12th passed in the year 2019 and taking admission in BSc (maths) and heard of a language course. Please guide me from where I can do this course and in which language so that get job easily and I am so confused about my future and where to apply after completing this course.

    1. Most of the good courses and jobs are available only in big cities. Even if I recommend you some course, it might not be possible to pursue in Chhattisgarh. Considering the fact that you are about to start full-time BSc, Will you able to move to some other city like Delhi or Kolkata to pursue such language programs for the next few years? Think what is feasible for you, then I can guide you in a better way.

  41. Sir, I just passed my 12th board and wants to do BA in German. What is the scope of job in this language and what I can do to get a better job ?

    1. I think you are a little late to apply for BA in German since the last date is over for most of the Universities.

      1. Anchal Bhandari

        Hello Sir, I am pursuing B.Sc. honors in Forestry. And this is my last year. I want to learn a foreign language just to start my career as a teacher. But I am confused about how much chances are there to become successful in being a teacher. And what is the salary of a teacher in India?

        1. If you want to change your career to languages, you have to start from zero. This will take time and money. The career prospect and earnings as a language teacher are good if you have decent experience, and you are living in one of the top cities.

  42. Neelima singh

    Hello, I have pursued BSC biotech and I am planning to change my field, and focusing on the German language as a career option, I was inspired by the ways you provided above, but I am still really concerned about getting a good fine job after completing B1 certificate.

    Please guide me How to start my career, as in earnings? As German teacher requires the experience of 2-3 years. Will BPO or ITES experience helps? Is it reputable? What I have to do get a job in the German embassy? Thanks!

    1. Hi Neelima,

      Few Points:- (i) These days B1 is not enough to get any decent-paying jobs. Aim for at least B2 if not C1. (ii) While Experience is a prerequisite in nearly every professional career, you can still find many entry-level jobs that don’t need any experience. (iii) The experience in BPO, KPO, and ITES might not help in your teaching career. Job reputation is a quite subjective thing. (iv) Getting a job in an embassy is difficult. You may need other in-demand qualifications like MBA, experience, and contacts. German is just an added advantage.

      Think about learning German and not career or monetary gain. Most people achieve a higher level because of interest and once you learn it properly, you will surely find something good enough.

  43. Sir, I am doing b.com from du (non-collegiate 1st yr) and also Diploma in German from YMCA. I want to go further in this field. Can I do a full-time course from du? and from where I can do. Please tell me everything.

    1. Only the GRS Department at Arts Faculty of DU offers Full-time BA in German.

      Admission is done on the basis of marks obtained in 12th. You can apply when forms will be available in 1st week of June. In addition, you can also join any reputed private institute after the YMCA course with an aim to complete B2.

  44. Khushi sharma

    Sir, I have completed Chinese language course so how can I further work, how to go for a job in India itself? Please guide me.

    1. The career possibilities in Chinese can open up depending on your level of engagement. You can apply to any new openings as the requirement, proficiency in Mandarin, and location. You can register on various job portals for the same.

      1. Hi 你好
        I am 12th passed. I am currently looking for a college or a university where I can learn the Chinese language with having a good certificate or degrees. So Sir, please guide me where I can learn Chinese, especially in Northern India. 谢谢?

        1. Ramjas, Jamia Millia Islamia, Doon University, St. Stephen’s College, Ramjas, and Sri Venkateswara are some good Colleges in North India, from where you can study Chinese. All are reputed Colleges and provide Diplomas/Degrees in the Chinese language.

  45. Sir
    Does completing B2 along with graduation from Delhi University offer good career opportunity in Spanish.

    1. Usually Yes, but it also depends on several factors including subjects you undertook in the bachelor program. You can always do a Masters in in-demand subjects.

  46. I m nearly 37 years old and banker by profession, I would like to learn a foreign language (interest), is there any chance to get a career for me.

    1. You can definitely learn a new language as a hobby or interest. From a career perspective, it may or may not benefit. It depends on several factors, both subjective and objective. If you wish to learn, you should but only as a hobby and who knows you might end up getting something you want with the combination of your existing and language skills.

  47. Sir,
    I just gave my boards and I want to take up Japanese for my further studies. Sir can you suggest me some colleges (govt. / private) that offers full time course for Japanese language. And if I take up Japanese language what can I be in the future?

    1. There are several Colleges and Universities with a full-time Japanese program but without knowing the city where you want to study, it would be difficult to suggest anything meaningful.

  48. I’m learning Japanese and I’m in commerce stream. After bcom what job can I do related to foreign language?

    1. That will depend on your skillset including Japanese and job type. For example, if you are proficient in Japanese, you can make a career as a Translator and Interpreter. On the other hand, the intermediate-level (like JLPT N3) can help you land a job in any BPO or KPO industry.

      In the end, the job options will depend on your proficiency in Japanese or any language. You can appear for JLPT to check your Japanese level.

    2. Hi sir, I have done B.Com correspondence from Delhi University in the year 2015. Then I started doing a job in the travel industry. Now I want to join the full-time German language course. Please suggest should I go for Delhi university or any private institute?

  49. Hello sir. I’m 20 years old from Delhi. My Spanish exams are going on of level B2 from Delhi University. But still, I’m not sure that what do I have to do in future !! I’m thinking to do the advanced diploma in Spanish language but I’m confused a lot. I’ll complete my B2 level around August. I’m concerned for the future.

    1. DU does not conduct any DELE B2 classes. The University offers Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma. If you’re doing a Diploma in Spanish (which is not equivalent to B2), then you can continue with Advanced Diploma. After completing that, you can try for DELE B2 or C1 exam.

      Additionally, there is also an option to appear for the entrance test for MA in Spanish from DU’s Arts faculty (Dept. of GRS) or JNU. If you’re concerned about the future, you can add more skills to enhance your career prospects.

    1. There is no particular language that matches with M.Sc. in Physics. You can learn any foreign language as per your interest, goal, or any future planning.

  50. Sir I m in 1st year in Ramjas College, Delhi University pursuing History Hons..I want to know if diploma in any foreign language will be enough for getting me a reputed and high salaried job. if not, then when and which course should I do while continuing my graduation.

    1. Firstly, you have to pick a language. If you’re interested in jobs involving languages, you should at least aim for higher-level like 3-year Advanced Diploma or B2 or equivalent depending on the language. After the Advanced Diploma, you can also try for MA in the language concerned. For a successful career as a language specialist, think about long term course.

      1. I want to learn Korean. I am a computer science student. Which university should I choose and what I can do later on as in career?

        1. DU, JNU, Jamia Millia Islamia, CUJ Ranchi, Nalanda University, Manipur, Jadavpur, Kolkata University are some of the Universities offering a variety of Korean course in India. Additionally, you can also join any private institute with a goal to achieve higher proficiency in TOPIK exam.

  51. Hlo sir ,
    I’m done with my secondary education now and I want to learn French language from Delhi university. What should I do now to get maximum salary just after my course and which course should I pick? Thank you

    1. You can try 5 years (BA and MA) in French from the GRS department in DU. After MA, you will be eligible for most of the high-paying language jobs. The Admission process will start in 1-2 months and is done through cut-off marks. Read — Delhi University French Course.

  52. I’m currently doing electronics engineering and want to pursue my career ahead in foreign language. is there any scope or opportunities for me to do so?

    1. Foreign language skills are useful in a variety of industries. The number of language jobs in India are aplenty and growing. The combination of B.tech and language offer limited opportunities. If you just want to add an extra skill to enhance your CV, you can learn as a hobby. 1-year short-term course is fine.

      If, however you want to make a full-fledged career in languages, it will take a few years to achieve higher proficiency, a prerequisite for good jobs.

  53. sir i have done my 12th class just now. I want to learn Japanese and after that what kind of jobs can i get and how should i go from this point for learning Japanese?

    1. There are a variety of jobs, ranging from translator & interpreter to working in an MNC as a Japanese specialist. If you want to make a career in Japanese, you should try long term courses like BA + MA in Japanese or join any reputed institute to achieve higher proficiency like JLPT N2/N1. You can read some articles to get the idea.

  54. Hello sir.
    I aggressively dedicate 2-4 hours daily for my Spanish Skills. How long do you think will it take for me to achieve the B2 proficiency. And what kind is B2 Level? Does that imply a native speaker?

    1. Well, if you study 15-25 hours weekly, you can achieve B2 language proficiency in 2 years. B2 is equivalent to Upper-Intermediate / Lower Advanced level. No, Native Spanish speaker is technically at a C2 level. As far as I know, Cervantes does not conduct the Spanish DELE C2 exam in India. C1 is enough for most of the language jobs.

      1. Sir i have done my 12th class just now. I want to learn German language and after what kind of job i can get. How i can make career in this and which is best class in Pune for German language and is German language is hard.

        1. You can try Pune University. The University offers a 3-year Part-time Advanced Diploma in German. After that, you can also try for MA in German. Fergusson College and Modern College of Arts also offer a BA in German. You can also enroll one of the reputed private institutes like Goethe-Institut, ASAP, or SIFIL with a goal to complete Goethe-Zertifikat B2 in 3 years. German is neither difficult nor easy. There are plenty of Jobs.

    1. That will depend on you. If you have the interest or want to learn from a career perspective, you can definitely embark on the journey of Japanese learning. Do remember, that learning Japanese takes time, at least a few years.

  55. Hello Sir
    I’m a graduate in Bachelors of Journalism & Mass communications. Currently I’m working with a Production house but side by side I’m also pursuing Certificate course in Spanish Language (Part- time) from DU. And with my interest leaning towards spanish, I want to pursue a career ahead. Please guide me the educational qualifications needed for applying in the jobs in MNC and embassy. Also, after certificate course, there is Diploma and Adv. Diploma. so do I need to pursue them or should I go with higher degree in Spanish. I’m awaiting for your response.

    1. Either you can target Advanced Diploma from DU, or join any reputed institute with an aim to complete DELE B2. The latter is better though little expensive. To clear the entrance for MA in Spanish, you need knowledge equivalent to Advanced Diploma or B2.

      If you don’t go with MA, you will still be eligible for at least 70% jobs in MNC. Let me know if you have any questions.

    2. ABHIJEET KUMAR

      I have done 12th class. I want to ba (hons) in foreign language like as German or French. Is jnu is best for me. And please tell about career opportunity after completion of the course.

      1. You should definitely try for the JNU entrance test. After a BA, you can pursue an MA. You can also apply to any new opening as diverse as interpreting, translation, teaching, tour guide, customer support, content writer, in the tourism and hospitality sector, as a language specialist in the MNC, export-import business, just to name a few. Read – Language Courses in JNU

  56. Subhadeep Biswas

    Respected Sir:
    I am now 39 years of age, completed my graduation in 2001 with B.Sc. (BIOSCIENCE) from C.U. and now I am keen to learn a foreign language. Could you guide me on which language would be the right option to lean for me and also please let me know it is a suitable time to learn a foreign language? Also please guide me career option after learning this. I have been working in the ITES-BPO industry for the past 18.5 years in Kolkata.

    1. Age is no barrier to learning languages. Spanish and French are the two most popular foreign languages in the BPO industries. I would suggest you read a few articles and then decide.

  57. Hello Sir,
    I am working in the BPO sector for the last 2 yrs but I am not good at English. I want to learn the Japanese language. In how many days I can learn good Japanese. Is this the right choice if I am looking at this language as a career? or which language is suitable in corporate? Please guide me, Sir.

    1. Japanese is indeed a good choice. Japanese offers plenty of job opportunities. You can read more and make the right decision.

  58. Hello sir,
    I have completed my graduation in ba (prog) from Delhi university in 2017, from the last 2 years I am preparing for the government job. I want to start my career in a language course for job prospects. How to start and which language to choose and how much it will cost. I want to work in MNC, so what’s the job after learning language course. please guide me.

    1. Choosing the right language is the first and very important decision on the language journey. No language is better or best. It is an extremely subjective topic. French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and Chinese are the top 5 foreign languages in India.

      The rest of the questions will depend on several factors. There are hundreds of language jobs and learning centres. It will be difficult to suggest anything specific. I suggest you to first decide the language, then later I can recommend you something specific.

  59. Rajneesh Jaiswal

    Hello Sir,
    Currently, I am pursuing a BA (Hons.) in German from BHU. I want to know different courses and fields in which I can go. And what is the procedure for it?

    1. After BA, you can try for an MA in German from any reputed university like JNU, Pune University, Mumbai University, DU, or BHU. Admission will be easy in BHU since you’re an existing student. In other universities, admission is generally through the entrance exam. You can also appear for the International German test to check your German.

  60. Thankful to you Sir.
    But Will you elaborate it, please! I mean how one can get for IFS and What area I need to look in IFS for Foreign Language thing. Even I’ve heard in one of the articles for applying UPSC exams, so how that plays a role.

    1. I’ve already replied that prior knowledge in a foreign language is not required if you want to be IFS. They will teach you during the training once you’re selected with a good rank. As far as IFS, UPSC, etc. are concerned, this is out of my competence area. So, it will be difficult for me to answer. You can contact someone else.

  61. Hello Mr. Gupta,
    You really shared important information for clearing anybody with a linguistic career. Wondering if you could help in more detail about post-learning language job options and also as foreign diplomats via clearing UPSC exams. Help with your knowledge and experience!
    Thanks

    1. The entire article is full of job options in foreign languages. These days, foreign language skills are required in several sectors. You don’t need to know a foreign language to be eligible for the IFS or diplomat, although you will have to learn one Compulsory Foreign Language (CFL) during your training after you’ve been selected. If you secure a high rank in the civil services, then you can choose IFS and decide which language you want to learn. Prior knowledge in a foreign language is not required.

    1. Demand on what sense? Spanish offers more entry-level KPO/BPO Jobs and it is quite easy to learn for English speakers. It is also more useful in the USA, Central & South America. Thus, if you don’t want to take the risk and want to learn a language with a decent opportunity in 2 years – Spanish is the right choice.

      On the other hand, the Japanese offer more high-paying jobs provided that you are ready to study for the next 3-4 years. Japanese is also more useful in the field of engineering, multimedia, electronics, etc. People also learn as a hobby since the Japanese offer a unique learning experience. I like both that is why I have studied both.

    1. You can choose between French, Spanish, and Japanese. All 3 offer plenty of career opportunities. Between 3 – Spanish is the easiest one and the Japanese is the most difficult one.

      1. Hi I had a query. I’m an architect by profession 20 years in the field. I am 40 right now and interested in learning a language for an alternative to the main career. I have left my job to take care of my 12 yr old and would like to which language would be better, prospects for the same and which institution would be good for learning. Staying in Mumbai

        1. While learning a language is a good thing. I’m not sure changing your career after 20 years of experience is the right thing to do. I believe success comes from experience. In the end, only you can decide. Since east Asian language will take a long time to master. Thus, you can pick between French, Spanish or German. All three are equally popular from a career perspective.

          Whatever you decide, aim for high-level proficiency like B2. For French – One of the 7 centres of Alliance Française, German – Goethe-Institut, and Spanish – Hispanic Horizons or Academia De Español or Instituto Hispania in Mumbai. Read — Language Courses in Mumbai

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