Prepare for a career as a Foreign Language Translator or Interpreter.
Employment opportunities are numerous when you become proficient in a foreign language. Indirectly or directly, the study of languages and their cultures will provide you with important job-related skills that can give you a competitive edge.
Leaders and decision makers are at a distinct advantage when they can access information, understand it and interpret it critically and analytically. Because you can communicate and connect with other people from different cultures and nationalities, you will be able to establish personal and professional contacts that will greatly benefit your career prospects in the international workplace.
Here is a sample of professional opportunities:
- Courtroom translator or interpreter
- Literary translator
- International conference interpreter
- Government translator/interpreter
- Tourism guide interpreter
- Hotel management
- Customer service representative
- Web writer/designer
- Sales and marketing manager
No matter what career you choose, if you've learned a second language, you will have a real professional advantage. As a doctor, nurse, business executive, lawyer, engineer, police officer, or judge, you will multiply your chances of success if you speak more than one language.
Language and the Internet
Just as the Internet has changed the way we transfer information, it has also eliminated the sense of distance between countries. Materials from around the globe, for both business and recreation, are available to anyone who has access to a computer.
Proficiency in a second language can expand your ability to communicate with various individuals via the Internet and create unprecedented opportunities for information exchange, cooperation and understanding at the national and international level.