I am a first-year BBA student and French is one of the languages taught in my college. What are the benefits of learning French as far as a corporate job is concerned? Should I take up DU’s French classes or join Alliance Francaise?
-10/9/2013 3:16:00 PM
Knowing another language has two distinct advantages. The first is that you get to know the people and their culture, which helps open one’s mind to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world. Secondly, speaking more than one language is a skill which will increase your marketability. Employers tend to prefer candidates who speak one or more foreign languages.
French is one of the most widely-spoken languages of the developed world and one of the official languages of the European Union and the United Nations. There are thousands of French companies, many of which have offices or trading partners in India, in various sectors such as energy, IT, environment, automobiles, manufacturing and engineering.
Even French luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Cartier have offices in India. These companies require foreign language expertise for business transactions, reporting and translation of documents, as well as general communication, and an understanding of French culture and way of life. Combining a BBA with a foreign language will give you a distinct advantage in management assignments with French multinational companies.
A foreign language is also useful in the hospitality sector, in tourism, BPO sector, airlines and even if you are looking at joining as a teaching faculty in a reputed school. You can also look for an online job which requires language skills. Interpreters and language translators are also in good demand today. Publishing houses are also looking at foreign language experts for translation of major literary works. French is also one of the six languages used at the UN and other international organisations.
For all these reasons and for the fact that the study of a foreign language can help increase problem-solving skills, memory, and self-discipline, it is a good idea to learn French. Learning French in college would be a good way to start. You could then graduate to higher levels of French training at the Alliance Francaise. ----Usha Albuquerque
Literature always fascinated me so I opted for English (hons) after Class 12 but I feel it is not a secure option. I want to join the corporate sector.
-10/9/2013 3:14:00 PM
You take up the study of English for graduation if you love English literature and enjoy reading books – all kinds of books, poetry, drama, classics, not just popular novels.You must also be prepared to study literary analysis and theory, development of Indian writing, or European drama and so on. English is an excellent field of study and can lead to a number of careers where writing and reading skills are required, such as advertising, public relations, journalism, editing, film making and production, creative writing, teaching, law, sales and marketing, human resource management, publishing, librarianship, hospitality and several others.
Students of English are typically in demand for their writing and reading skills, and can opt for a variety of careers in government, business, research, education and publishing, as well as in the cultural, entertainment, and communications industries.
After graduation in English, you can do a PG degree or diploma in any course which can lead to a corporate level job in fields such as advertising and public relations, publishing, journalism, hospitality and so on. Most courses in mass communications cover advertising and PR, journalism and film and TV, and allow you to specialise in the field of your choice.
Mass communication, specialising in advertising and public relations, involves working with words and ideas for an ad, or on publicity material for promoting companies. If you have a flair for writing and an aptitude for journalism, then you can work as a reporter or editor in print or broadcast journalism. Publishing is another interesting career for those good in language, as you can work in the editorial department of a book publishing company.
Jobs in the hotel and hospitality industry, as well as travel and tourism fields also require good communication skills and can be taken up after a degree in English. You can also get into a corporate job in human resource management after an MBA in HR. ----Usha Albuquerque
I have completed my graduation in commerce from Delhi University with 60% marks. I am pursuing CS as well and wish to do LLB, but it’s difficult to get admission in Delhi University which offers a three-year programme. Are there any other reputed universities offering a three-year LLB course after graduation? I don’t wish to leave Delhi. Is there a three-year distance course in LLB? Also, please give me tips on how to prepare for the DU LLB entrance exam?
-10/2/2013 2:14:00 PM
It is difficult to pursue CS and law together, but I suggest that you focus on the law admission and once you start the law programme, you can study for CS alongside.
Almost every university offers the three-year LLB course for graduates for which admission is through an entrance test. Some of the reputed universities providing the three-year LLB include the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi, (www.du.ac.in), Government Law College, Mumbai, (www.glc.edu), Allahabad University (www.allduniv.edu), Banaras Hindu University (www.bhu.ac.in) and many others.
If you prefer to do this in Delhi, some other law colleges include Institute of Law & Research, Faridabad, affiliated to MD University, (www.irlfaridabad.com), and Jindal Global Law School in Haryana, (www.jgls.org). Preparation for the law entrance test depends on you, your academic background, reading knowledge and so on. The test paper consists of multiple-choice questions related to language comprehension, analytical abilities, legal awareness, aptitude and general intelligence.
There are many websites and sample papers available that can help you prepare for the entrance exam. To qualify for legal practice, a year’s apprenticeship in a law firm is required, and this can be undertaken even during the final year of the course.