The pursuit of Language learning can open up a world of career possibilities. One such opportunity is Language Jobs in foreign Embassies.
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 scenarios. Among various career paths, one such option is employment opportunities in the embassies, consulates, and diplomatic offices in India & abroad.
Table of Contents
- Embassies Of India and Foreign Countries
- Types Of Foreign Language Jobs Available In Embassies
- How to get a job in a foreign embassy in India?
- How to get a job in the Indian embassy abroad?
- Final Thought (Conclusion)
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 vital post who represents the country concerned. Together with an entourage of staff, assist the embassy to work appropriately on behalf of their parent nation. Therefore, this creates many job opportunities for language learners to work and help perform foreign policy tasks and diplomatic relations with the host nation.
Types Of Foreign Language Jobs Available In Embassies
Most foreign embassies bring their citizens to occupy top positions in their operations in another country. There are other areas where they need the services of employees from the host nation. Foreign language jobs in embassies are usually high-paying, and the prestige of working for a foreign embassy or your country is always one to cherish. In general, qualification and skills other than language are also demanded.
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, office executive, an IT technical staff, as an administrative job, translator, interpreter, dealing with passports and visas, press office job, research analyst, messengers, in logistics, low paying salary jobs, and more.
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How to get a job in a foreign embassy in India?
The language jobs in the embassy are very lucrative job profiles. Almost all the embassies across the globe hire a local staff of the host country to assist a wide array of jobs. Each embassy is different though their rules are somewhat similar.
The essential requirement, as in any other job, is that of a College bachelor’s degree and experience in the related field. The eligibility criteria depend upon the nature of the work and duties and responsibilities. Although, requirements vary from masters in International relations to IT professionals. In almost all the cases, at least for office jobs, the aspirants have to be superior in communication skills and fluent in local or official languages of the host country.
Since the number of new openings is quite limited, ergo, to know the latest opportunities and apply promptly, is extremely important. You can always check the official websites of the respective embassies and consulates. Besides, you can call the embassy human resources office, regularly check job portals, browse through newspapers, and develop contacts who can refer you for a job in an embassy.
The jobs are for both permanent and temporary positions. The trick is to get an entry-level job even on a contractual, or temporary basis. It is always easier than well-paid jobs. While doing such work, not only you will know the tricks required to move ahead in your career. You will also develop contact and friends in the system. All this information, knowledge, and connections will help you to climb the ladder for more lucrative jobs in embassies.
There are different kinds of language jobs in the embassy, and these areas include:
1. Translators & Interpreters
These are some of the job opportunities most foreign embassies offer to job seekers from the host country. For instance, the French or Netherlands embassies in India will be seeking 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
It is another area of specialization 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 still a must-have for job seekers with economic experience seeking to occupy such a position. You will be a 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 an MBA in economics. Then together with your foreign language skills, you can get a job offer in the finance section of a foreign embassy.
For instance, the US embassy in India or elsewhere will require a counselor or specialist on financial matters. It is to furnish reports on financial markets, macro, and micro (economics), research, and policymaking. The counselor will also be responsible for giving replies to inquiries about their nation’s financial situations and the economy.
5. Library Section
All embassies or affiliated culture centers in the world have a library section. It creates the need to have a librarian and other staff 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. It is another superb job area for job seekers with foreign language skills.
7. Research analyst and Market Researcher
All the embassies, consulates, and other diplomatic representations are presenting their Government. They do lots of research for a variety of reasons like bilateral relations, the scope of business expansion, enhance the culture footprint in the host nation, to name a few. For all these research activities, they employ local for research analyst or field researcher opening. A college degree, preferably MBA and strong analytical and communication skills, are prerequisites.
Some research analyst jobs require good knowledge in a particular foreign language. It will be helpful for those conducting the research when information that may not be available in English or local language and translation is needed 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. Trainer in an embassy’s culture center
These are at least 13 culture centers 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 centers 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 the 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 an opening is a master’s 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.
10. Customer support
Every embassy hires people for customer support for plenty of processes that involve different roles. For example, 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 a job in the Indian embassy abroad?
In one word – Difficult
If you are interested in getting a job in the Indian embassy in India or Abroad. Well, you have to appear and clear Foreign Service Exams (IFS) through the combined Civil Services Exam. Indian Government also employs personnel from other departments like SSC, IAS, IPS, IRS, Defense services, etc. In short, almost all are Government employees.
So, there are no specific walk-in interviews for such jobs. The Indian embassy in foreign countries does employ local citizens for various positions. However, they are locals and not Indians.
How do they learn the 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. It is chosen from a list of languages offered each year.
During the training, an IFS officer has the rank of Third Secretary. Once you clear the CFL test, you will be promoted to the rank of Second Secretary. Prior knowledge in any foreign language is not required, though helpful. Besides, there is also a choice to acquire an Optional Foreign Language (OFL).
It does not mean there is no vacancy for Indians who are not government employees. Indian Government does offer several job opportunities for Indians skilled in foreign languages. There are plenty of foreign language experts working in a different government department, ranging from Defence Attaché to the Tourism Department to Information Technology. However, for such vacancies, you may need both expertise in that domain as well as years of experience. Maybe 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 language jobs in the embassy you can do with your language skills, either as a primary or secondary qualification. Just take your time to search, and I’m sure you will find something befitting. So grab a job opportunity in Indian and foreign embassies. It is one area in which you can flourish handsomely with your knowledge in a foreign language.