Language skills open up a whole world of opportunities. And one such option is a career in export and import business for language learners.
Faster communication, extensive travel, increasing exchange of ideas, international businesses, quick information, outsourcing of jobs, internet, modern technology, etc., have reduced the world into a global village.
The importance of learning a language is undisputed.
With the world is becoming more connected, a new language is a significant value-add to your resume as the career scope in foreign languages are limitless!
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Language Career in Export and Import Industry
The world has become smaller and smaller due to its digitized global economy.
These have opened up a tremendous opportunity in businesses involving various forms of importation and exportation.
The majority of India’s giant corporations now prefer to hire people who can speak new or more foreign languages other than their native language.
Undoubtedly, the impact of global economic growth and bilateral interaction under the innovative forces of technology has made the world a global village.
This new trend has further opened up enormous investment and job opportunities for career-minded.
People can easily participate in business ventures involving the export and import of goods and services from India to other places.
Most of the MNCs and business organizations — from medium to large-scale businesses — now prefer to employ the services of employees with foreign languages than people who speak only their mother tongue.
For example, your ability to speak Mandarin Chinese will present you with a brilliant career opportunity.
You can work with a company engaged in importing or exporting goods or services from China to India.
Or even from India to China, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more.
Companies in the export business will find your proficiency and qualification in Mandarin perfect for their business.
The places mentioned above are where the language is widely spoken or spoken as a first or second language.
You can also engage these companies and act as an intermediary or their representative in India.
It is something you’re always going to get favored from all angles. It is a win-win situation for you at any time and in any place.
Demand for Language Experts in International Business
On the one hand, many International companies are setting their regional offices in India.
And on another side, many Indian companies are looking to expand into other countries.
The knowledge will allow you to showcase yourself as a global employee.
It helps find foreign language jobs in multiple international companies and build a meaningful career in export and import industries.
Trade is the engine of the global economy.
Today, there is an increasing demand for Indians fluent in one of the foreign languages to establish, coordinate, deal with, and manage business overseas.
Due to language barriers, many Indian companies face challenges to expand business abroad or export their products.
Only 20% of the world’s population speaks English (Native and Non-Native).
In crucial sectors with export potential such as manufacturing, agricultural products, IT, leather goods, textiles, gems & precious metals, pharma, engineering goods, petroleum products, etc., gaps in understanding each other due to language barriers are holding back firms from trading the world.
Many export houses and Indian firms are looking for people who can speak foreign languages like French, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, etc., eloquently.
There are also some temporary or contractual options for freelance language specialists who can work from home or remote locations.
The work would involve calling companies, telephonic conversation with them, managing queries, assisting in sales coordination, and even visiting those countries for business purposes.
Top Languages for getting jobs in Import and Export sector
In the increasingly globally connected world, there is no far-off place.
Many Portuguese, Spanish-speaking countries like South and Central America, French speakers from Africa, China, Bahasa-speaking Indonesia, the Arabic population in Middle-east, German-speaking central Europe are specifically seeking bilateral cooperation with India.
This approach is opening a world of possibilities for many Indian companies.
French and Spanish are the two most popular languages in international businesses.
Many Indian and MNCs are trying to expand their footprints in French-speaking Africa, Europe, and other parts of the world.
You can find a plentiful amount of opportunities in the export sector.
The knowledge of Spanish puts you in a firm position to succeed in making an astonishing career in export and import business to Latin America and the U.S., where it is the second most important language after English.
Driven by these global trends, the world is slowly moving away from being an English-dominated work culture.
Apart from French and Spanish, there is a growing demand for Mandarin, Russian, German, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, and Japanese speakers.
It is always better to choose a foreign language with more countries as a de-facto language, or your company is likely to do business.
Clearly, there is a rising demand for foreign language skills.
Mastering a language could open the doors to job opportunities and career in export and import sectors and international trade & business.
I’m from India. I’m about to attempt my main exam I’m not really interested in engineering but I found out that I’m interested in languages through watching dramas and anime and I really want to make it my profession. How do I enter this field? Are there any suggestions you can give me cause I’m totally confused? My family’s all about engineering. I need to provide them with a reasonable answer to reject it. I want to pursue a life where I can be happy with my career
That is hard to answer as reasons to learn a language, choice of language, where to study, academic combination, etc., varies from person to person. So you have to find your reason and then convince your parents. I’d suggest reading more to understand your interest and goals.
Sir, I have finished my 12th grade, and I want to pursue a career in the import and export sector. I want to work in an international company as an English language expert. I will start learning German or French or both online within two or three weeks. I want to study in Mumbai. Will you please answer the following questions?
1. Do I have to complete my graduation, e.g., BA and Ma in English, or study diploma in English?
2. Will you please suggest some colleges in Mumbai where I can study?
3. Are there any other courses in import and export that I have to study? If yes, then please suggest some courses.
4. How can I become an English language expert in an international company in this sector i.e., what steps should I take to be an English language expert after completing my studies?
5. What do language experts do in an international company in this industry?
It would be better to engage a career counselor who is an expert in the export-import field. I do not cover English-related things and only foreign languages, so it would be not easy to say.
Hello Vikash sir,
I am an MBA in foreign trade and working in a freight forwarding co. I am aiming for a B2 level in Spanish. For the long term, I want to work in MNCs. Is there any opportunity for MBA foreign trade + Spanish combination? What will be the annual package?
There are plenty of opportunities in export houses where your combination will work. It is tough to give a salary estimate.
I am currently pursuing BA in Economics and I am at A2 level in German. Can you please suggest which Masters course would be beneficial along with a part-time German course other than MBA?
There isn’t any specific master’s program that matches best with German. Instead, pick as per feasibility, goal, existing academic experience, and interest.
sir, warm regards. You have professionally managed the contents of the page. kudos for that!! I am looking forward to taking up the Spanish language and its post-retirement benefits. What sort of high-paying opportunities I have in learning the Spanish language. I am 45 and have 20+ years of job experience in defense and IT departments. I am willing to travel across the world for a job.
Hi Mr. Siva,
The tour guide, trainer, writer, translator are some well-paid Spanish jobs, but you need higher skills, experience, and good contacts to be successful.
I am planning for B1 in Spanish. Will I get enough career opportunities with this skill alone? Apart from that, I am a master’s degree scholar in Ayurveda. Please guide.
Yes, there are many specialized jobs that only require Spanish. Aim for B2.
Sir, I’m an IT professional with 4 years of experience. I would like to change my career to language-related. On average, how much could I get? If I need jobs at consulates or embassy, what extra course should I have to study other than French?
Thanks in advance
If you start from scratch with no experience, the salary won’t be that good. Changing the career is not always the right strategy, but if you wish, you can pick a language and study until you achieve a meaningful proficiency like advanced level. Later, once you find opportunities involving languages, you can contemplate a career shift. Embassy’s positions are limited. But there are few, and it varies from IT and HR to support and sales marketing.
I am currently working in Amazon as an International customer service associate and pursuing French from Alliance Française from Delhi. I would like to know the career opportunities I can get after completing the A1 level, but I would want to avoid doing a night shift job. Please advise and guide me about the options I can get to grow.
There is no professional opportunity after A1. Once you complete at least B1 though B2 is better, you can work in a range of fields like teaching, day-shift support, jobs in MNC that require French, export houses that deal with Francophone countries, content writing, to name a few.
I am currently learning the French language along with bba. I wanna work in mnc’s. I am thinking of doing an MBA in international trade. Is this the right option for me? Please suggest. And do I need to clear the delf examination for improving my job resume?
Yes and Yes. 🙂
Sir, actually, I am confused between MBA in business analytic and international trade. Sir, what do you think is the best option for me? I am not good at math. Is this a problem for me?
For that, you have to consult someone who has expertise in various MBA specialization. Beyond languages, I don’t track much about various other fields.
I completed my bachelor’s degree in the Spanish language from DU this month and I am fresher. Can you please tell me how I can get a job in the import and export field?
Contact companies that are involved in export-import from Latin America. You have to do research and spend time finding such companies.
I had completed my JLPT N4 level of the Japanese language. So, what can I do further? Are there any opportunities in India or Japan?
To get a decent job involving Japanese in India, aim for N2. After completing it, you can apply to numerous MNCs, export houses, educational institutions, and companies that do business with Japan.
Hello Sir, I have completed b2 level in German language and my subject of interest is statistics as I have master’s degree in statistics. I wish to make career in market research. Can you suggest scope for this combination?
You can search for jobs as a market researcher in German companies or the businesses that deal with German-speaking countries. You can also consider the job profile for the data scientist, statisticians, or various kinds of analysts like data, risk, content, business, etc.
Hello sir, I am now 45 years old. I have completed the German language course. Can I start a job or career in the import or export sector in Pune or Mumbai? Please guide me, and how long after retirement in MNCs I can get some earnings, please tell me. Thanks.
Yes, you can find some jobs in companies that deal with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. After retirement, it is usually challenging to get regular work. But you can work as a freelance for as long as your health permits, and you get new opportunities.
I want to build a career as an interpreter or in a sector where i can roam the whole world. I come from the healthcare sector with 7 years of experience. I am appearing for French Delf A2 in 2 coming months. Pls, guide me.
Complete DALF C2, and then explore employment possibilities as an interpreter.
Hi, I am working in an MNC in Bangalore where Spanish translation is also a small part of my work. I have B2 certification. What kind of part-time jobs can I do with the Spanish language?
Other than some content writing, translation, and teaching, there aren’t enough part-time Spanish jobs.
Hello sir, I’m learning Japanese now. Shall you please suggest me about the career in the Japanese language in an export sector in the textile industry. Because currently, I am doing the job in the export sector. I want to further in this with the help of this language. Also, please advise whether an MBA is necessary for this field.
MBA is not compulsory but preferred for most of the jobs. You can explore the possibilities in companies that deal with Japan or Japanese businesses. Making a list of Japanese companies in the textile industry can be a good start.
I am currently learning German and doing my bachelors of commerce. Which jobs are available for me in the import and export sector? What qualifications are required for getting into the import-export industry? Do these jobs come with a lot of stress? How much does one earn in this sector?
MBA in International Business or marketing along with knowledge of language concerned plays a vital role to get high-paying employment in the export-import industry. Yes, the jobs are indeed stressful (based on my interaction with many). In sales, there is no upside limit since it is all about targets. The initial salary depends on the company and the candidate profile.
I have completed Spanish B2 course from Salamanca Spain and completed DELE B1. I also have teaching Spanish experience for more than 5 years and IT experience of almost 9 years. I am based in Pune and looking to enter into translation industry. Could you please guide me?
You can apply to any new job openings where there is a requirement of a Spanish translator. You can also find lots of Spanish Jobs in the IT industry. It is better to make an admirable resume and upload on numerous job portals. I’m sure sooner or later, you will find something great.
I have MBA in mktg and Brand Management with 12 years of experience in channel sales, and still struggling for Good and reputed job, Can you please suggest which course or Foreign language could be beneficial to boost my career.
Depending on location, You can join any private institute with a goal to achieve at least Intermediate level fluency in the language concerned. French and Spanish are the two most popular languages in the import and export industry.
I want to know about language course.
Which language, and where you want to study?
Hello sir. I’ve just completed my 11th and I’m learning German from Mumbai university and I want to be an interpreter so will you please suggest me the details from which I can move ahead. Please suggest if possible.
To become a successful German interpreter, you need to achieve near-native level German language proficiency. After 12th, you can try 5 year BA and MA in German at Mumbai University through the Department of German.
Hey i am just confused between french and german i m doing my bcom honours, looking forward for doing mba so which country would be suitable for management studies?
You can choose either one since both countries have plenty of good Universities for MBA program. Quality of Education is more or less same and extra weightage should be give to the University rather country. Language is important in either country to get Jobs after completing the MBA. Thus, you can start learning French or German once admission is done or once you decide the destination.
hey! i found this article worth reading. Actually the concern is that i am working in a KPO and with the same i am planning to learn a foreign language. so can i know between these two french and mandarin which one will be he best option to opt for.
Currently, French offers more opportunity but a little overcrowded too. Mandarin is also a good choice but that will take a long time to learn properly. French is a safe choice between two.
Hi I did my graduation in Italian language in 2015 and since then I have been working as a language expert. In a meantime I studied International trade. Now I want to build my career in same where my language expertise can also be counted.
The Italian language proficiency pairs well with International trade, sales, and marketing. Plus, Italian provides an academic boost for those studying art, fashion, luxury cars, history, designing, culinary arts, humanities, law, robotics, political science, religion, and many more.