“It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.”—Carlton Fisk
What does it mean to have a career?
Have you ever asked yourself what it means to have a career? Probably you’ve wondered for little while because as you google it, you find it interesting to learn that a career is NOT just having a position at a multinational company and drawing a handsome salary. In fact, it’s more than that. This article gives you a clear understanding of what it means to have a career and specifically what it means to have a language career.
When I heard this word for the first time, the very first thing that came into mind was the picture of a big multinational company in a multi-storied building walled with transparent glasses and me going to that office in proper attire. You know? White shirts, a light blue tie half sunken in the buttoned blue coat, shiny shoes and of course a briefly-stuffed briefcase in my hand…!!! Ah! I love my career.
But wait! That’s not what it means to have a career. I already told it’s more than just holding a big position in a big company. According to Wikipedia, a career is usually referred to “an individual’s metaphorical journey through learning, work, and other aspects of life.” In a course of life, you obviously learn about a lot of things. On the other hand, you might have done a variety of work. But all those things that you learn or work on do not necessarily determine your career. To have a career, there must be a correlation between your learning and your work. And finally, your life must receive a significant impact from what you learn and how you use that knowledge and skills in your professional work. All these affairs under a package give you a career.
What does it mean to have a language career?
Now that we understand what a career means, it’s easy to narrow down to your field which is “language.” So to have a language career means to learn a language, develop its skills, and earn your livelihood using your language skills and knowledge. Though nowadays, you require good communication skills whatever jobs you do, there are specific areas you can work and develop your career with only language skills. So, if you don’t have any other expertise except language skills, don’t worry at all. There are so many opportunities you can flourish with your language skills. In this article, I’ll only give you a list of a number of popular career opportunities for those who have a language degree or just the skills that matter. Having a language career, you may choose any of the job opportunities given below.
6. Content Writer
7. Subtitle Creator
8. Voice Over Artist
9. Language Blogger/ Online Content Creator
10. Materials Writer
12. Linguist in the Military
13. Call Center / Customer Service Officer
14. Foreign Delegate for a Multinational Company
15. Tourism / Hospitality
16. Diplomacy / International Organizations
And so many more…
Choose any of these career options and start improving your skills and knowledge to succeed in your language career.
So, how does a language career start?
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