The pursuit of Language learning can really open up a world of career possibilities. One such opportunity is Foreign Languages Jobs in Embassy.
As the world continues to shrink and become more and more interwind, the requirement for professionals who can communicate in different foreign languages is growing. Of all the reasons to study a new language, Career scope in foreign languages is the most sought-after motivator. Today, Foreign languages Jobs in India are in high demand owing to the domestic and international job scenario. Among various career path, one such option is foreign language jobs in embassies, consulates and diplomatic offices in India & abroad.
Embassies Of India and Foreign Countries
An embassy is a diplomatic building that represents a country in another country. No nation in the world exists without an embassy in another nation or lack embassies of other nations within its territory.
For embassies to function effectively, they require the services of an ambassador and people for the important post who represents the country concerned, together with an entourage of staffs that will assist the embassy to work properly on behalf of their parent nation. Therefore, this creates many job opportunities for language learners to work and help perform foreign policy task and diplomatic relations with the host nation.
Types Of Foreign Language Jobs Available In Embassies
While most foreign embassies will bring their citizens to occupy top positions in their operations in another country, there are other areas where they will need the services of employees from the host nation. Foreign language jobs in embassies are usually high-paying and prestige of working for foreign embassy or your country’s is always one to cherish. In general, qualification and skills other than language is also required.
There are multiple jobs you can do at the embassy with your skills in a foreign language. You can as well work as a receptionist, customer support, an IT technical staff, as an administrative job, translator, interpreter, dealing with passports and visas, press office job, research analyst, messengers, in logistics, an administrative specialist, IT professional, a customer executive, low paying salary jobs, and more.
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How to get a job in foreign embassy in India?
The jobs in embassies are very lucrative job profiles. Almost all the embassies across the globe hire local staff of the host country to assist a wide array of jobs. Each embassy is different though their rules are somewhat similar.
The basic requirement, as in any other job, is that of a College bachelor degree and experience in the related field. The eligibility criteria depends upon the nature of the work and duties and responsibilities. Though requirements vary from masters in International relation to IT professional. In almost all the cases, at least for office jobs, the aspirants have to be good in communication skills and fluent in local or official languages of the host country.
Since the number of new openings are quite limited. Ergo, to know the new openings and apply in a timely manner is extremely important. You can always check the official websites of the respective embassies and consulates, call the embassy human resources office, regularly check job portals, browse through newspapers, and develop contacts who can refer you for a job in embassy.
While the jobs are for both permanent and temporary positions. The trick is to get any entry level job even on contractual or temporary basis. This is always easier than high-paying good jobs. While doing such job, not only you will know the tricks required in order to move ahead in your career but you will also develop contact and friends in the system. All this information, knowledge and contacts will help you to climb the ladder for more lucrative jobs in embassies.
There are different kinds of foreign language jobs in embassies, and these areas include:
1. Translators & Interpreters
These are some of the job opportunities most foreign embassies offers to job seekers from the host country. For instance, the French or Netherlands embassies in India will be seeking for one or more translators and interpreters who can speak either French or Dutch alongside regional language.
2. Human Resource
While some embassies may have their HR Department occupied by their professionals, it is another area that is often open for job seekers from the host country. Again, this is where your proficiency in the foreign language of that country can land you a lucrative job as an executive or managerial role.
3. Economic Department
This is another area of specialisation that is always in demand by foreign embassies. Although your proficiency in a particular foreign language may not be entirely adequate to earn you the job, it is always a MUST HAVE for job seekers with economic experience seeking to occupy such a position. You will be task with making reports on economic development in the host country concerned and providing sound analysis and advice on economic issues.
4. Finance Section
Again, you will need to have an added qualification in areas of finance such as MBA in finance together with your foreign language skills to get a job offer in the finance section of foreign embassy. For instance, the US embassy in India or elsewhere will require a counsellor or specialist on financial matters to furnish reports on financial markets, macro and microeconomics activities, research and policymaking. The counsellor will also be responsible for giving replies to inquiries about their nation financial situations and economy.
5. Library Section
All embassies or affiliated culture centres in the world have a library section. This creates the need to have a librarian and other staffs who will be responsible for taking care of books and other essential materials in the library. Here, your skill in a foreign language can come handy in updating the library and making translations where possible.
6. Diplomatic Coordinator
Most of the embassies in India periodically look for people who understand the workings and situations of the national and international current affairs, while possessing excellent communication skills. This is another good job area for job seekers with foreign language skills.
7. Research analyst and Market Researcher
All the embassies, consulates and other diplomatic representations presenting their government. They make lots of research for a variety of reasons like bilateral relation, scope of business expansion, enhance the culture footprint in the host nation, just to name a few. For all these research activity, they employ local for research analyst or field researcher opening. A college degree preferably MBA and strong analytical and communication skills are prerequisite.
Some research analyst jobs require a good knowledge in a particular foreign language. This will be helpful for those conducting the research when information that may not be available in English or local language and translation is required at the end. Additionally, a local citizen will understand better about his/her country than a foreign citizen.
8. Information Technology/Science
In every embassy, IT personnel are in high demand to enhance the efficiency of the embassy, ranging from web-development to system maintenance. If you think knowledge of computers alone will guarantee you automatic employment in the IT Department of the foreign embassy concerned, then you are mistaking.
A certificate backed by proficiency in a foreign language is a sure fire for most considerable employments with various embassies in India. The ability to speak a foreign language as a secondary qualification puts you ahead of others for such jobs.
9. Foreign Language trainer in an embassy affiliated culture centre
These are at least 13 culture centres affiliated to different foreign embassies in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Pune, Chennai, and other parts of India offering various foreign language courses in embassies. According to my rough calculation, roughly 300 foreign language teachers are working in these culture wing and language learning centres across the country. While some of them are native speakers, a majority of them are Indians.
At least half of them are working with L’Alliance Française (a cultural wing of Embassy of France) and Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan (affiliated to embassy of Germany). Obviously, there are more job opportunities in French and German than say Portuguese or Japanese as far as Foreign language teaching jobs in embassies are concerned.
There’s just one caveat. The minimum eligibility criteria to apply for such opening is master degree or highest proficiency level such as C2 (CEFR – European) or TOPIK Level 6 / JLPT N1 / HSK Level 6 (East Asian Languages). Once selected, they will offer Initial Teacher Training through a variety of routes. Based on my personal interaction, the salary is quite good.
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10. Customer support
Every embassy hire people for customer support. There are plenty of processes which involve different roles like speaking skills, undertaking document tasks, a collection of information, helpdesks, voice-based jobs, accounting services, data and document processing, back office support, document translation and proofreading, transaction, email support services, and more.
How to get job in Indian embassy abroad?
In one word – Difficult
If you interested to get a job in Indian embassy in India or Abroad, you have to appear and clear Foreign Service Exams (IFS) through combined Civil Services Exam. Indian Government also employ personnel from other government departments like SSC, IAS, IPS, IRS, Defense services, etc. In short, almost all are government employee.
So, there is no specific walk in interviews for such jobs. Indian embassy in foreign countries do employ local citizens for various jobs. However, they are locals and not Indians.
How they learn language? If you secure a high rank in the civil services, then you can choose IFS and later decide which foreign language to learn. You will have to learn one-Compulsory Foreign Language (CFL) during your training after you’ve been selected. Prior knowledge in any foreign language is not required though helpful.
It does not mean there is no vacancy for Indians who are not government employees. Indian Government do offers several job opportunities for Indians skilled in foreign languages. There are plenty of foreign language experts working in different government department, ranging from Defence Attaché to Tourism Department to Information Technology. However, for such types of vacancies, you may need both expertise in that domain as well as years of experience. May be this topic will be for another day.
Final Thought (Conclusion)
The activities of any embassy in India or abroad are not limited to the size of the building. There are many jobs you can do with your foreign language skills, either as a primary qualification or secondary qualification. Just take your time to search, and i’m sure you will find something befitting. So grab a job opportunities in Indian and foreign embassies. This is one area in which you can flourish handsomely with your knowledge in a foreign language.