Linguistic experts at Inlingua New Delhi explain why German language is a favorite among Indian learners, and what job prospects it opens up.
The flourishing trade and commerce among India and other nations has given birth to a growing need of polyglots. An increase in the student population opting for foreign language courses indicates that a large number of students study languages to add to their qualifications in science and technology, commerce, law, public affairs, secretarial skills, in addition to conventional language careers of translators, interpreters, or teachers.
It might come as a surprise, but German is the foreign language preferred by most Indian students. There are several reasons behind it. First, many German words are derived from Sanskrit, making it relatively easier for the Indian students to comprehend. Several languages in India share a common parentage with German.
However, according to linguistic experts at Inlingua New Delhi, a more credible reason is that career opportunities are expanding for German speakers, as Germany is Europe’s most populous and economically strongest nation. And India’s trade with Germany is expanding.
German is the native language of more than 100 million people in Europe and is spoken as a foreign language by over 75 million people worldwide. Learning German has opened up job prospects not only in its native, but has crossed the borders, and reached multinational companies.
Explaining further, an expert from Inlingua said, “Suppose, a company has an office in Germany. If the job applicant lists German language as an add-on skill, the company is likely to hire that candidate. This way, they don’t have to spend time and money on teaching German to the candidate.”
Why German is important?
According to experts at Inlingua, there are several reasons why German can be considered as one of the most powerful European languages. Some of them are listed below:
- Business growth: Since a lot of German companies are business giants, it is beneficial for employees working in a company with German business partners to learn their native language. This works wonders in establishing an effective communication with them, and hence improve business relations.
- Tourism and Hospitality: Learning German can help tour guides and hospitality staff to look after the tourists from Germany or other German-speaking countries.
- Research and Communication: Germany is the third largest contributor in global scientific research, and this makes German the second most widely used scientific language. Moreover, a lot of books are published in German and hundreds of websites use German for writing content.
- Study/work abroad: Learning German can help you if you’re planning to study or work in a German-speaking country.
Career prospects with German language
Knowledge of German language offers great career prospects in the field of education, mass media, entertainment, tourism, information technology and outsourcing. Big shots like HP, Oracle, Samsung, Hyundai, LG, Thomson and GE employ German language experts for outsourcing. Other companies with strong German association include Mercedes, Volkswagen, Siemens, Thyssen Krupp and Schaeffler.
One popular job is translation. Several MNCs and government agencies are in constant need of translators. Your language skills can provide you a chance to work with the Indian National Scientific Documentation Centre (INSDOC), UNO & FAO.
Alternatively, a person with a sound knowledge of German can also work as a German Language Trainer, tour guide for German tourists, a member of the cabin crew in international airlines, guest relations executive at hospitality management centers, as well as a representative with public relation agencies, suggest experts at Inlingua.