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Job opportunities for German language experts in India and abroad

Mastering a foreign language is not an easy task since it requires high levels of concentration, immense hard work and the passion to continue learning. During the learning process, most of us are not aware of the career options that we may get on gaining expertise in the language. Being a German language expert myself I will list a few career options for German experts / wannabe experts.

The fun thing about being a German language literate is that you can very much experiment with the language and try out different areas (domains) till you figure out what suits you best. For example, in the automobile/manufacturing sector companies like Volkswagen, BMW, Mercedes, Bosch etc; Banking and Finance at Deutsche Bank; Software at Siemens or SAP, KPO/BPO in IT services, Hospitality at Lufthansa; Logistics and Supply Chain at Shenker. All of the above mentioned employers are continuously seeking German language experts. You will be lucky in this respect unlike many other professionals who may not have so many options.

Studying a foreign language full time can be an excellent career option. Getting an advanced degree (Master’s / PhD ) in studying foreign languages can have an exciting value proposition. You would not just end up being an expert in the language, but explore the culture of other countries, understand many other facets through this process and fetch great salaries.

I have myself worked as a Language training at Max Mueller Bhavan in India (Goethe Institute) and freelanced at many other Institutes. I also had an interesting stint as a tourist guide for German speaking tourists in Oman, and now working for a German Automobile corporation. I personally believe that there is much more to explore. Here are a few professions which you could consider trying if you think you master the language.

  • Foreign Language Trainer
  • Translator for MNCs and Government Organizations
  • Realtime Interpreter
  • Diplomatic Service Professional
  • Tourism Industry (Tour guide)
  • Air Hostess or Flight Steward
  • Guest relations at hospitality management centers
  • Freelance Writer, Translator, Interpreter
  • Public Relations Officer

I will elaborate about the role of the language experts in each of these professions in my next article. All the best!

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Discussion

29 Responses to “Job opportunities for German language experts in India and abroad”

  1. Hi! Thanks a lot for elaborating about apportunities. This is really helpful and gives positive thinking towards the career. Thanks a lot again. Keep on giving us valuable suggetions.

    Sandeep Yadav

    Posted by sandeep yadav | May 12, 2011, 8:57 am
  2. Super informative wtriing; keep it up.

    Posted by Susy | July 23, 2011, 1:56 pm
  3. I want to learn German, but i am confused in that which Institute i have to select, and what is the total fee amount, what is the criteria to pay the total fee, and also hoow much time it will take to finish the course………. please provide me ur valuable suggestion …thanks

    Posted by Krishna Kumar Bhagat | September 28, 2011, 3:04 am
  4. First of all I want to thank you Ms. Deshpande, for elaborating the facts and success we could also get in German language study. and of-course It helped me also as I recently joined Max Mueller Bhavan in new Delhi campus.

    Posted by param seo | December 20, 2011, 12:52 pm
  5. Hiiiii……..i want to pursue my career in german …could anyone suggest me the best fee structr for it bcoz i cant affrd more….please suggst me a good and cheap institute…how abt JNU?

    Posted by Shalu sharma | January 3, 2012, 5:58 am
  6. Hi, I want to learn German and make a career out of it, I mostly want to do freelance work. Please suggest me some good institutes to study and career options. I am from bhubaneswar, Odisha. Currently OCAC is offering German language course. It is a three month course. Should I go for it.

    Posted by manas ranjan das | January 4, 2012, 2:28 pm
  7. Hi all,
    At present am able to read write and speak German to some extent.Can anyone suggest how could I search for job opportunities. I want to be a trainer in German language.

    Posted by Radhika Priyadarshini | January 25, 2012, 4:25 pm
  8. Respected madam ,
    your information is really helpful and clear.I am keen to ask u that which course should i do along as i have completed my c1 semester from Max Muller Bhawan .I am very confused that should i pursue with M.A in German language or a course which helps me with further in career,when i tell someone that i have completed my graduation in German language the very next question from that person is which technical course i have done along with that ?
    There is vast career opportunity in teaching and training but i don’t have interest in it.
    Please help me out with this confusion and suggest the best possible step.

    Thanks & Regards

    Sahil

    Posted by sahil | February 1, 2012, 8:42 am
  9. Waiting for the reply..

    Posted by sahil | February 16, 2012, 5:47 pm
  10. Is it necessary to have knowledge of German language to work “as a computer professional”.

    Posted by Manisha | April 6, 2012, 5:26 am
  11. Hi sandeep, very motivating what you have written. I am my self studying in MMB and working as well in Admin Department. How would german language help me in my career? If cuold guide me, i will be very grateful thanks.

    Posted by yogesh gusain | May 17, 2012, 9:17 am
  12. Hi sir,
    My name is thirupathi and i have completed my advance diploma in german language. At present am able to read write and speak german to some extent. Can anyone suggest how could i search for job opportunities. I want to be a expert in german language.

    Posted by Thirupathi sogala | June 14, 2012, 6:37 am
  13. Hi,

    I am already 34 yrs of age and planning to start A level from max muller , currently working in BPO of a multinational bank and a commerce graduate with major in accountancy.

    So please could you advise if my age can be hindrance for getting a good job if i am able complete B2 level?

    Posted by rajni | June 22, 2012, 11:12 am
  14. I wish to set up my career as a German speaker.
    Pls suggest me an institute for German speaking!!!
    Thnks

    Posted by Rahul | July 21, 2012, 8:46 am
    • Rahul- you should learn German from Goethe institute and for fluency , should complete atleast B2.2
      every companies looking for those candidates who completed above mentioned level
      MMB is providing international certificate also

      Posted by shashank | August 3, 2012, 11:23 am
  15. Rahul- you should learn German from Goethe institute and for fluency , should complete atleast B2.2
    every companies looking for those candidates who completed above mentioned level

    Posted by shashank | August 3, 2012, 11:21 am
  16. hello sir!!

    i am doing my A1 level in german..after completing 6 levels should we do masters??? how long will it take to complete 6 levels and masters….or to work in companies just 6 levels alone is enough ior what?? how much could one earn through this along with engineering degree

    Posted by selva | August 6, 2012, 10:47 am
  17. I am BAMS graduate n I know the scope of ayurveda in germany.I wanna do freelancing ayurveda jobs yearly with my own practice in India.Want to know where in mumbai can i learn authenticate german language that to part time.n which course diploma,degree,certificate or whatever.Please guide.

    Posted by irfan | August 19, 2012, 10:27 am
  18. Hi,
    I have working experience in HRM etc., completed A1 level at MAXMULLER Bhavan and also about to complete A2 at the same place. Looking for a better career opportunity, at Germany or any other countries or even at Indian companies,where i can utilize my language skills. My goal is to complete at least B1 in German. Please support me and if any jobs even available at Indian German Consulate General / Embassy / Goethe Institute, kindly forward me details to my email id given here.

    Thanks & Regards

    KRB

    Posted by KRAOB | August 30, 2012, 11:38 am
  19. hi mam…… i have completed my B1 from MMB mumbai… can you tell me is it possible to get job after this or i have to do more levels…….

    Posted by asmita | September 4, 2012, 12:44 pm
  20. thanks for encourging us .

    Posted by vikram | September 5, 2012, 6:57 pm
  21. Hello, this is iftekhar. I am a diploma holder in mechanical engg. with 10 years experience, and I hail from Pune. How learning german language at the University of Pune will give me a career boost?
    Suggestions are welcome
    Thanks

    Posted by fakir iftekhar mohammad | September 20, 2012, 2:31 pm
  22. Awesome Post!! This is what i am looking for …. Can u tell hw can i ve career in Germen????

    I am done with A2. Working in IT Firm called HP.

    Posted by Michelle John | October 1, 2012, 7:52 am
  23. Should i do M.A in German to do work?

    Up to what level should i learn to get a job based on germen????

    Posted by Michelle John | October 1, 2012, 7:55 am

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