Why should you study a foreign language?
First thing first, isn’t it alluring to brag one exquisite dialect which none of your friends can get a hold of?
Well…apart from that very important reason, having a hold on any foreign language, for instance, mandarin, opens a door to fresh opportunities for you. People-still being unaware of its diverse opportunities are rarely opting for it professionally and that increases the chances manifolds for the audacious people who decide to pursue it for a career.
With a huge shift in economic powers, China has been declared as one of the established global power in the world. Being a degree holder in mandarin language will help you to compete effectively in the global economy of future. All over the Globe, business leaders are looking for people who can facilitate communication Chinese companies. Also, China has an open door to foreign minds and knowing the language gives you an edge to grab a good job opportunity.
With the changing education paradigm and tremendous competition among fresh graduates, one academic degree is not really sufficient. You need to explore between the conventional notions and find your own phenomenal ways. Learning a new language is going to give you that undefeatable edge over others. The world is flooded with many intellectuals in almost all fields and the competition will keep on increasing. This is the time when you retrospect the need of future and take a jump in the field which is not already exploited, instead is full of raw blooming opportunities. The future can prove to be really bright for you if you decide to catch the bus on time.
Courses and examinations
Language course can be pursued by 10+2 pass or equivalent students of Arts, Science or Commerce stream. There are different levels in the language programme that can be followed up as per personal choice.
Courses are taken up at different levels-
- B.A. (Hons.)
The duration of the bachelor’s course is mostly three years. Eligibility for the postgraduate course is that candidates should have Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from recognized University. Admissions for such course are on the basis of counselling after clearing entrance tests depending on the colleges. Usually, the duration of the course is two years.
Courses are offered by many Government Universities, Private Universities and independent academies. These courses cover grammar, pronunciation and literature of the language. They provide an overview of Chinese culture. It may sometimes require a student to spend a semester or two studying in China and gain practical knowledge of Chinese culture.
As published by www.advikatranslations.com in 2017, Top 10 Universities to Learn Foreign languages In India-
- Jawaharlal Nehru University
- Delhi University
- EFLU Hyderabad
- Banaras Hindu University
- Jamia Millia Islamia University
- University of Calcutta
- Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU, New Delhi)
- Pune University
- University of Mumbai
- Viswa Bharathi University
- Become a full-time language blogger or online content creator
We just cannot turn a blind eye to the thriving internet industry. People make a fortune writing articles, short stories and blogs on websites.
- Teacher/Professor of a foreign language
In India, we are still unaware of the potential of foreign languages and the potential it holds. As a result, statistics tell us that foreign-language teachers are very less in the count. There is a dire need of good teachers for foreign languages.
- Linguist job in the military
If you want to utilise your unconventional stream in a very conventional way, this is the thing for you.
- Customer service position
Globalisation has squeezed its way in all fields and spreading out in all directions. A small company set up in a small city may end up dealing with foreign clientele at large scales. What else do they need other than technical skills? A person who can convince the foreign Clients!
- An interpreter
An interpreter is a person who facilitates communication between two parties speaking different languages. Various sectors need interpreters such as education, health, Soft wares, etc. there is a need for such interpreters in large counts as a result of collaborating industries at all scales
- A translator
Being a translator and being an interpreter are closely related but slightly different. While an interpreter absorbs the facts and conveys them orally to facilitate understanding; translator mostly decodes the written text and translate it in an exact manner.
- International business
Many MNCs globally are dealing with Chinese companies and they need people who can facilitate the business through smooth communication. Some projects may even need a person to spend a certain amount in countries abroad. Therefore MNCs are always in a need of people who have multi-lingual dialects
- Product Localization Manager
There are various MNCs running their franchise all over the globe. Sometimes, you need to customize a product to adapt it to another country. Localization manager handles the customization and local distribution of the product.
- Tourism and hospitality industry
|Job description||Initial Average Salary|
|teacher of a foreign language||INR 4,00,000-5,00,000|
|linguist job in the military||INR 6,00,000-7,00,000|
|customer service position||INR 4,00,000-5,00,000|
|International business||INR 8,00,000-10,00,000|
|Product Localization Manager||INR 6,00,000-7,00,000|
|Tourism and hospitality industry||INR 5,00,000-6,00,000|
Personality traits needed to pursue this career
- Valiant and experimental
- Creative and credible
- Out-going and friendly
- Unconventional and ambiguous
- Open to travel abroad
- And the best part, it doesn’t necessitate the need of being an academic nerd.