Languages proficiency now a one-up for jobs

PUDUCHERRY: Language learning,never a top choice for students, on account of less employability, has become lucrative now that multinational companies have started recruiting more and more can

Published: 02nd May 2012 11:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd June 2012 10:13 PM   |  A+A-

PUDUCHERRY: Language learning,never a top choice for students, on account of less employability, has become lucrative now that multinational companies have started recruiting more and more candidates who are proficient in foreign languages. Jobs have been emerging in basically BPOs, translation services, banking and back office operations, where  French, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese proficiency  are required, said B Mohandass, managing director of Navayuga Consultancy service (NCS), a firm involved in facilitating major companies by providing them manpower, on Wednesday.

“The basic educational qualification is a degree plus the language proficiency. For the banking and financial services candidates with a background in accountancy is a preference,” said Mohandass.

French proficient professionals are recruited from Puducherry, while for other languages the recruitment is from  Osmania University, Delhi University  and other major ones across the country and the demand for this type of manpower  has risen since the last one-and-half years.So far around 20 to 25 companies including     TCS, WIPRO, SITEL, Society General, Renault, Nissan, HSBC global approached NCS and have participated in the recruitment process through the job fairs conducted by them. Several projects that require translation are outsourced from Europe.

Jobs have also come through multi-national companies having office in European countries for their offices in India.  Moreover,  personnel are required to answer queries in BPOs.  The pay packet, `3 to `3.5 lakh per annum, is good and on par with engineering graduates. In some case the companies are also relaxing the age cut-off and are recruiting older candidates.

Companies are lining up in Puducherry for recruitment of French-proficient candidates to meet the company’s requirement. TCS conducted interview at a job fair organised at Alliance Francaise(AF) by NCS and AF on May 2. “We are looking at  recruiting around  20 to 25 candidates for Tata Consultancy Services e-service,” said K Thanmozhi, a TCS executive who was interviewing candidates. “We have new businesses growing and need more personnel for our Kolkata office,” she said. For French training and to equip the candidate for B1 level, a professional package has been made by NCS and AP. A panel has also been formed to shortlist the candidates and train them. Forty per cent of the fee is paid by NCS and AF and the candidate has to bear the other 60 per cent.

With the going in language processing good now, studying  foreign languages has become lucrative. In this regard, the Puducherry government had introduced new courses in several foreign languages at the Kanchi Manmunivar Post Graduation centre.

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