Career Avenues for Engineering Graduates with Strong Foreign Language Skills
Here are the main career opportunities that seek engineering students or engineers with skills in one or more foreign languages:
Work for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): It recruits people with strong skills in a foreign language, such as Arabic. At the CIA, work opportunities exist for students and engineers with foreign language experience. The Agency even gives bonus for language expertise through its “Corporate Language Hiring Bonus Program."
Seek International Employment: If you aspire to work in a foreign country, at least a basic knowledge of the language of that nation moves you closer to your goal. Not only you will be able to find a job and perform it better, but also engage in rich communication with your colleagues and with the world outside of the work.
Explore Internship Prospects in Companies with Foreign Collaboration: Say you want to apply for an internship in a company, which has a technical partnership with a firm in Japan. With skills in Japanese, you automatically gain an edge over other applicants for the internship. Needless to say, with your performance, the company would create a permanent position for you. Or, when there is a job vacancy, you will be the forerunner to fill it. All thanks to your accomplishments and foreign language skills.
Establish Strategic Business Units in another Country: When an engineering company with operations in several countries wants to setup a new office in an unrepresented country, they need people with solid foreign language training. If you are multilingual and are already an employee of that company, or want to seek a job in it, the company would prefer you to depute or hire.
Work for a Translation Company: It is another job avenue for engineering graduates with a technical and foreign language background. With strong aptitude and interest also in writing, seek professional opportunities in companies that offer translation services.
You can also work as a freelance translator. Where can you find such jobs? Checkout the job posts, among others, at freelance sites like Guru.com and Elance.com. Discover translation work at these and other freelance sites under the work category title like “Writing and Translation."
Transcribe Content: Develop the text content, for example, in English, from audio and video resources on engineering topics in a foreign language. Again, freelance sites are a source of such jobs.
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