The British were the ones who introduced the language of English in the Indian subcontinent. Following years of the British rule, we started associating the language English with that of class and supremacy. Over the years following independence, although Hindi was the language known to the masses, English came to be used for all official purposes.
Cracking of competitive examinations like IAS, defence services or even the state administrative services was thought to be impossible without proper knowledge of English. This was taken a step further when things like digitalisation and globalisation happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Industries like the business process outsourcing (BPO) and information technology (IT) brought in a surge of new jobs in the country. All such jobs required a knowledge of English. The cumulative effect of all such things is the fact that people came to believe that English was the only way by which they could get a job.
However, that is something that is far from being true. By being proficient in Hindi, one can well earn their livelihood. The career scope and opportunities for personal growth are also tremendous in this field. In fact, it is interesting to note that there is actually a wide array of courses that are available. This article explores some of the career options that are available to people who are proficient in English.
• Language Teacher
Needless to say, there is a dearth of teaching professionals in this field. Having a MA or PhD degree in this field makes one eligible for this profession. If you are aiming to become a school teacher, a BA degree accompanied by a BEd should suffice.
Due to initiatives on the part of the central government to promote the usage of Hindi, there has been a sudden growth of teaching jobs at all levels. Hence, there is no dearth of job opportunities in this field for people who are proficient in this language.
• TV Anchors And Newsreaders
The television industry in India is ruled by Hindi. Whenever we want to listen to Indian news, we opt for Hindi channels. Due to this great demand, there has been a growing number of Hindi news and entertainment channels.
The entertainment channels organise reality shows which require people who are proficient in Hindi to host them. Thus, if you are proficient in Hindi and are confident of your communication skills, these are worthy career options that you can consider.
• Customer Service Agent
The fact is that even today, Hindi is the language that most people in the country understand. Thus, any job in the services sector would need to have capable individuals who form the bridge between themselves and the general public. The jobs in this industry range from that of cellular data to that of airlines and megamarts.
In fact, if you call up any government portal, you are allowed to choose the option to communicate in either Hindi or English. For you to communicate effortlessly in Hindi, a dedicated team of Hindi-speaking customer service agents are employed at the back end.
• Interpreters And Translators
This is another sector where there is no dearth of jobs for people who are good in Hindi. Whenever a foreign diplomat visits a country, they need to be able to address the general public as well as have discussions and negotiations with the elected leaders. The Indian public does not really understand any other language other than Hindi.
Now it is not fair on our part to expect that the entire world will be able to communicate with us in the language of our choice. That is when the role of interpreters and translators come into play. Since instances of non-Hindi speakers having to communicate with us are pretty high, there is no dearth of jobs for people proficient in Hindi.
• Advertising Jobs
Again, advertising is all about reaching out to the people. To be able to reach out to the masses you need to do so in their language. Thus, being well versed in Hindi makes you eligible for such jobs. These jobs are available both in the world of digital media as well as that of print media.
Thus, if creativity is in your blood, go ahead and take the weapon of the Hindi language and make a career for yourself in this field.
• Hospitality Sector
Domestic hospitality is another sector that requires its members to be well versed in Hindi. The jobs under this sector involve those of waiters, housekeepers, receptionists as well as that of travel managers and organisers. Travel bloggers and photographers also fall under the jurisdiction of this profession.
Rich Indians from business or philanthropic backgrounds often insist that older members of their family are catered to by people who are well versed in Hindi. Thus, if you are fluent in Hindi, chances of you landing with a job at some 5-star hotel are pretty high.
While we agree that the world of counselling is something that requires a professional degree, having a professional degree along with a good understanding of the Hindi language will take you places. Your clients will be able to connect with you better if you can speak in the language of their choice.
Remember, for the Indian masses Hindi is the language of choice. Thus, if you are able to master this language, you have already established your foothold in the industry.
• Sales Jobs
Sales is all about reaching out to the general public and convincing them how good your product or service is so that they end up buying the same. It is understood that in order to convince somebody, you need to speak in their language. That way the person concerned will be able to relate to you and whatever you have to offer to them.
Since Hindi is the language a greater majority of the Indian population understands, if you are proficient in this language, chances of you grabbing a job is much higher.