There's a massive range of benefits to learning a foreign language. You can travel more, make connections with people, and even improve your mental health. The top benefit, though, is the jobs you can get.
When you know another language, you'll really open doors for yourself in the job market. Here are some of the best jobs you can get if you know a foreign language.
As a photographer, you can travel around the world shooting your subjects. That means it'll be much easier if you know a foreign language or two. Things like scouting for shooting locations or talking to the locals about what you're doing will be much easier. It's also easier to find local talent, such as models, if you can speak their language.
As a photographer, you can find jobs on sites, where you can sell your pictures all around the world for royalties. You can also get in contact with travel and photography publications that can send you on assignment to take pictures on their behalf, but you’ll need a high-quality portfolio to secure this kind of placement.
If you fluently speak another language, you can even work on a freelance basis where you’ll take pictures and write a story related to that picture in the form of a photo series or featured piece. You can then send these completed articles to blogs and online publications to sell them, although this isn’t guaranteed that you’ll be able to sell your final product. This job role requires a lot of networking to succeed.
Writers are needed for so many different jobs that you may not have heard of them all. If you can write these in a language other than English, you'll be snapped up right away. For this kind of work, you’re going to need to write up samples to prove that you can fluently and accurately write in two languages.
There are lots of opportunities online, so you can do this job no matter where you are in the world. Being able to speak another language means you’ll be able to write this kind of content for two target markets.
Become an Interpreter
Interpreting is a fast paced and challenging role, so it's perfect for someone who wants a challenge in their everyday work. You're required to translate what someone is saying on the fly, and you'll never know what they'll say next. As you can imagine, this can be difficult but highly rewarding.
To find roles in this field, it's a good idea to start looking on related job sites as they'll often be listed online. This is easily one of the best language jobs to get into since the job growth in this sector is well above average. The Department of Labor predicts that between 2014 and 2024, the interpreter sector will grow an incredible 29%, well above the 9% average for all other occupations.
As the world becomes more and more connected and easily accessible, this figure could even rise further, meaning there are more jobs in this industry than ever before.
Writing CVs and Resumes
This job seems a little off beat, but you'd be amazed at how much demand there is for CV and resume writers out there. It's an important document, and you want to make the right impression with it. There are resume writing services that can be found easily online who always need new resume writers. If you can write these in a language other than English, then you'd be a valuable asset to them.
“Writing resumes can be a challenge to begin with if it’s something that you haven’t done before. However, there are plenty of how-to guides online on how to get started. Be sure you research the target market you’re writing for so you can stay up to date with the latest resume requirements and trends that recruiters are looking for” shares Simon Longleat, a resume writer for Resumention.
It sounds obvious, but you could become a freelance translator with your skills. Many people need documents, transcripts, and even video games translated into different languages, and you can do this on the move. If you want to do this, you'll need excellent language skills in a certain area, such as law, for example. If you have this, then you can work anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.
To do this, all you have to do is search for translation jobs on freelancing sites. If you do this, be sure that your applications are grammatically perfect, as this will show the skills you have. A service like State Of Writing or Grammarix can help you do this.
Become a Tutor
Do you remember having a tutor when you were a child? Well, tutoring is still around, and it's entered the modern age. Nowadays, children don't have to physically go to a tutor, when they access them online. You can be employed as a tutor through one of several tutoring websites, where you can work with a child on the subject of your choice. With a foreign language under your belt, you can tutor anyone who speaks that language!
“Currently, around 1.75 billion people in the world speak English but this number is only set to increase. The British Council forecasts that nearly 2 billion will be speaking or learning to speak English by 2020, making it clear that the language tutor job sector is going to grow exponentially over the next few years” states Melissa Hart, an HR manager for Elite Assignment Help.
Provide Language Consultation
This is another job you can do online, and it's in demand more than ever. Language learners want to learn with someone who has experience in their language, and you can provide that service. You'll consult with students either through a dedicated learning site or through video chat services such as Skype.
This is an extremely broad and expansive market and there’s a tonne of niches you can specialise in. From one-on-one tutoring in your local area or online to teaching entire classes or even just focusing on educating people how to read and write.
These are just a few ideas of what roles you can do with a foreign language. Get started today, and you'll be on your way to a fulfilling career.