Passing in a theoretical exam or completing a course from reputed institute will not grab any opportunity for yourself. You need to practice the language daily to improve your vocabulary, diction, pronunciation at last your writing skills. Instantly you feel that you can attempt talking with your people around you (to whom the language is definitely going to be some Latin or Greek).
How to gain Expertise in new language?
Facebook groups The Foreign Language Exchange has language experts or like minded people across the globe and they have dedicated Whatsapp group for every language wherein you will have peers who will be native speakers or beginners like you. Daily lessons will help you out in improving your knowledge. If you are looking for any Indian based closed group join Learn or Teach any Indian or Foreign Language.
How to progress?
Translators or Interpreters: Translators and Interpreters (ProZ.com) and Translators n Interpreters Community by Modlingua Closed group are international groups for interpreters and translators whereas Bilingual translator Interpreter India Indian based group wherein you can find freelancer opportunities.
Foreign Language Trainer: LiveGuru.in recruits online trainers to conduct training’s. Or you can launch your own portal or channel to start teaching people.
Freelancer Content Writer: Being a Content Writer or Blogger myself I found many opportunities in a closed group that has been created for Content Writer
Tourist Guide: Have a tie up with tourism or travel agents who can give freelancing assignments to guide tourists from abroad. To become a certified tourist guide you can pursue a course conducted by Toursim Department of India and you can pursue the career into Toursim.
Subtitling: Are you a movie buff then try your hands on subtitling. Audience are open to international cinemas so this is hot paying job everywhere. You can either have a tie up with any agents or direct look for jobs in LinkedIn or in any social media.
Who knows you can even find a place in UN !!
In case if you are looking for any government opportunity then stay tuned to EmploymentNewsi.
Hope you find the series of articles on foreign language as an alternate profession helpful. Links to other articles: ‘ En route to Linguistic Careers‘, ‘Lingua Skola for those interested in foreign languages‘.
Author has written a series of article to pursue as an alternate career option for Blogging/ Copywriting : All About Blogging, Blogging Insights, Tips for sustainable blogging, Alternate career: 3 Tips to finding your big idea, ‘Sneak a peak at copywriting as a career’.
About the author:
Meenakshi Chandrasekaran: I hold a degree in Bachelors of Computer Science Engineering, eventually landed up in a MNC and served the company as a software engineer for 4 years. Rediscovered my passion towards writing during my maternity break, broke my relationship with corporate and currently pursuing blogging as my career.
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