Mandarin is one of five major Chinese dialects, the official language of China and Taiwan, and boasts the second-highest number of total speakers worldwide. Since China is the world’s second-largest economy, Chinese has been dubbed the single most important language for business, excluding English. Possessing Mandarin language abilities will not only open doors throughout Asia, but Chinese is actually required for more jobs than any other foreign language.
Despite its undeniable value, Chinese is only the seventh most studied language by undergraduates across the world, mostly due to the fear of it being the “most difficult language” in the world.
However, it proves to be an impressive and unique skillset sure to make you stand-out and win an edge over the others.
What can you do after learning Mandarin Chinese?
- Take up a job
- Start freelancing
- Set up your own trading business
- Take up a job: There are a lot of companies in Pune/ in India who deal with Chinese clients. Some examples of the requirements we get are as below:
- Manufacturing facilities have machines or raw materials imported to China. Many companies even export goods to China. These companies require full-time employees who can help them carry out their daily conversations with their Chinese counterparts.
- There are also many IT-oriented firms who have their accounting and finance functions in sync with India. They need people who are well-versed with Mandarin Chinese, SAP (preferred) and accounts so that they can fit into this stream.
- Many IT firms have clients who are Chinese. These teams need a coordinator who can act as a mediator.
- Some companies require content moderators who can review content and edit them, according to their need.
- Global companies also require Business Analysts – in HR, Marketing, and Finance functions.
- More than 15 large-scale Chinese enterprises have invested and are operational in Pune including SANY, Shandong Heavy Electricals, Haier, and Zoomlion. They have created 4000 jobs directly. Some more Medium and Large scale industries are looking out for locations in Maharashtra, and they are said to create 4000 more jobs. (Article from the China Consulate, Mumbai).
Due to the overwhelming influence of Mandarin Chinese world-over and its use, Chinese language abilities will not fail to set you apart from and far above competing job candidates.
Ms. Veena Balla recently joined a multinational organization which is into property and infrastructure management. Her profile is to process the invoices and payments from their Chinese counterparts, interact with them and translate the vendor communication.
2. Start freelancing: This can lead to a plethora of opportunities. You can get into:
- Interpretation for companies who have guests/clients from China visiting them for a few days or for a project.
- Translations ranging from legal documents to movie scripts to books.
- Travel Guide/ Cultural Coordination for Businessmen or travelers who frequently visit China, Taiwan or Singapore
- Teaching & Training organizations and Businessmen who need the language to survive locally, and get their business done in China. Teaching children the Chinese language is also becoming an opportunity as children are benefiting out of these skills.
- Consultancy at IT and ITES sectors which need help when it comes to finding Chinese clients.
- Business Consultancy for Chinese companies who want to invest into the Indian Markets.
Mr. Soham Kakade who pursued his advanced studies Mandarin Chinese language from Beijing Language & Culture University is currently working as a freelancing interpreter. He receives assignments from various companies in Pune who have Chinese guests/ Engineers/ clients visiting them. He generally has his diary full throughout the month.
3. Start your own trading business: Trade between India and China is booming, and almost everything that we buy in India today has some spare-part that is made in China. The Chinese respect personal relationships, and are open to friendship. A small gesture of ‘NiHao’ shows an attempt from our side to learn their culture. Such conversations help you make good friends and turn them into great business partnerships.
We have many such students who deal in various goods like artifacts & antiques, LED lightings, lathe machinery, toys, stationery goods, textiles, construction equipment, furniture, appliances, interior decor, etc. who visit China frequently and have benefitted from learning the language.