Foreign languages open doors to a new world
With the Higher Secondary (HSC) results declared, most of
the students are thinking, 'What Next?'
Experts say that career builders, who are seeking to establish themselves in a particular
field, should always realise that the world is moving towards globalisation and
markets have become transnational.
With the globalisation of Indian economy, multinationals are coming to India and
more and more companies are going for joint ventures abroad. It is opined that the
job scenario for those proficient in foreign languages have opened up widely.
There was a myth that foreign languages are just an addition to your resume but
now it is not the same, they have become a necessity.
Skills in foreign languages like German, Japanese, French and Spanish are now-a-days
in great demand. Manjiri Paranjape, a German language teacher at the University
of Pune, (UoP) said, "Learning languages is fun. Here we have different activities
like skits, sing a song competition, preparing German recipes and playing traditional
German games etc."
She also added, "The German Academy Exchange programme also offers a number of scholarships
to students on the basis of an essay competition."
Learning a foreign language has its own advantages. You get to study the culture,
cuisine and literature of another country. It also gives a marvellous feeling that
you can communicate with the native people of that country in their language.
"Shaping a career with languages is like a mechano game; part-time and full-time
careers offer immense prospects," said Anupam Joshi, Japanese teacher at UoP.
"Languages are designed to be part-time courses with minimum three years of learning.
By the time you are a Graduate, you are proficient in a language," said Joshi.
Learning foreign language is an extraordinary career. It will help you know the
tradition, culture and the people. It will also give you handsome returns in terms
of money and an opportunity to go off-shore.
Ujwala Joglekar, a French teacher at UoP asserted, "French is not only used in the
domain of fashion but is also known as 'the language of technology'. We arrange
an array of activities like cookery, spelling contest, dictations and many interactive
sessions, which are full of fun and entertainment."
Despite the fact that there are certain inherent risks while choosing a career,
a career in languages is worth taking a risk, as the demand for interpreter, translators,
language co-ordinators are increasing day by day.
Nevertheless, the satisfaction of knowing some foreign language is enormous.
Courtesy: DNA India