German based companies like SAP for example prefer professionals with a knowledge of German since it facilitates better co-operation between the regional and the head office
On the other hand, Infosys, for example, has 3 offices in Germany, 2 offices in France, 1 in Mexico). Working in countries such as France, Germany, Spain, Latin America etc., where English is not the main language, requires foreign language proficiency
Knowledge of foreign languages also helps in pursuing higher education abroad, technical as well non technical.
Companies with overseas association would need technical and engineering personnel with foreign language proficiency for titles like Research Worker, Technical Engineer, Quality Control Supervisor Overseas Plant Manager, Engineer, Transport Equipment Specialist, Computer Systems Designer, Production Supervisor, Laboratory Technician, , Production Engineer, Technical Writer etc.
Language Engineer: A combination of foreign language and software skills is essential
Translators usually are specialized for translation in the technical or literary fields. Similar to that of the Interpreter, the translator can also work as staff in Governments, International Agencies, Conferences, Publishers and other business organizations.
International e.g. United Nations
The UN is the largest employer of language specialists which includes translators, editors and interpreters. Bilinguals have an edge here and can also work as economists, education specialists, financial analysts, public information officers, librarians, technical specialists in the fields of agriculture and industries, engineers and statisticians. The United Nations conducts a yearly competitive examination followed by an interview for the recruitment of Foreign Language specialists
Business, Industry & Commerce
The types of companies needing management and sales personnel with foreign language skills cover the whole spectrum of the business world. In their operations, they find that foreign language proficiency is an enormous advantage. Positions for which companies find foreign language ability necessary or desirable include: Import-Export Agent, Marketing Coordinator, Overseas Personnel Manager, Copywriter, Purchasing Agent, Executive Assistant, Trade Analyst, Air Traffic Assistant, Buyer, Interpreter/Translator
Banking & Financial Positions
As international business and industry expand, international banking and financial activity naturally follows. Today one fourth of all new direct investment goes abroad. This increased emphasis on the international financial market is accompanied by a growing need for foreign language skills. The variety of positions involved in this area include: Senior Credit Analyst, Commercial Loan Officer, Administrative Assistant, Controller, Accountants/Auditors/Bookkeepers, Banking Correspondents, Finance Director, Bilingual Officers, Clerks & Tellers
One could enhance ones job opportunities by supplementing ones core knowledge with training in foreign languages.
Vishnu Institute of Technology offers courses at different levels like A1, A2, B1, B2 and so on. The courses are offered on a week end basis or in an intensive mode.