Jobs that Require French Speaking Skills
Monday | August 2, 2021 | by French Tweets
When you decide to learn French with us you are exposed to a plethora of job opportunities in Canada or in any other francophone country. There’s no doubt that speaking more than one language, especially French, is an enormous advantage in the Canadian employment market. Considering that it’s the official language of 29 countries and multiple other important regions, it’s an advantage in the international job market as well!
Beyond this, being bilingual is always better than speaking only one language when it comes to having a competitive edge in the job market. Especially here in Canada, where the official languages are both English and French, any company could need someone who is able to speak both. For example, jobs in customer service, healthcare, social services and many more are always in need of workers who can speak English and French, or who can speak multiple other languages. In addition, Canada is one of the best places to harness and use your French skills. Keep encouraging yourself to learn this beautiful language as it’ll be nothing but beneficial for their future!
Working in MNC, BPO, KPO, IT, and Call Centres : France has the world’s 5th largest economy, and its multinationals are spread all over the globe. There are hundreds of French international brands. For example, Orange, BNP Paribas, Louis Vuitton, L’Oréal, Renault, Alcatel, Axa, Airbus, Christian Dior, Alstom, Chanel, Carrefour, Peugeot, Michelin, to name a few. The ability to speak French will open the doors of these French companies in France and other French-speaking countries. You also get opportunities in India and other non-speaking French regions worldwide. Once you prepare with French Tweets live online classes and clear the TCF or TEF exam you’ll also get extra points to live permanently in Quebec or Canada. Many French companies are setting up their regional offices in different parts of the world. And the skill to speak the language increases your growth manifold if you have french mentioned in your CV. It puts you ahead of others in finding a wide array of language jobs in MNCs, BPO, and KPO that use French as their working and interactive language.
Translator: A translator translates written pieces of work. Whether it’s a website, a book, a newspaper article – companies often need someone to make their texts available in both languages. In Canada, any jobs working for the government are a great example of this! You may think that with all the automated translation systems online, this job would be obsolete by now. Ask any French Expert and you’ll find out that those online translations are often very, very inaccurate.
Interpreter: Similar to a translator, the job of an interpreter involves translating oral French speech. Imagine a speech being given in French at the UN headquarters: there needs to be interpreters galore making sure that every other diplomat and ambassador is understanding the speech in their native language. If your child speaks more than English and French, this gives them even more of a competitive edge. Jobs of this sort are commonly found in governments, NGOs, and organizations such as the UN. In fact, French is one of the 6 official languages of the UN.
Publishing (editor): If you love reading and writing fiction and non-fiction, this job could be a perfect fit for you down the line. Imagine being able to read a fantastical story and getting paid to edit it. This is what publishing editors do. Here in Canada, there is an enormous amount of books and other pieces of writing that are either written in or translated to French and are in need of editing before they can be published, Think of all the books sold in Canada that are written by Quebecois or Acadian writers or that need to be translated from English to be sold in those regions. These are all opportunities to put forth French reading and writing skills as well as a love of literature.
Publishing (proofreader): A proofreading job is similar to that of an editor. Though you may be unenthusiastic about French spelling and grammar now, it could be a serious advantage in the future. There are websites, articles, product labels and books galore that need to be proofread for mistakes. Just as with editing, these jobs can be located anywhere in the world, since it is usually possible to work from home.
Tour guide: If you have a traveling spirit, there are plenty of beautiful locations in Canada that need a French speaking tour guide. You can also travel to France, Côte d’Ivoire, Switzerland etc, and be a tour guide there! French skills would be very helpful in finding a job that involves touring a historical landmark or a natural tourist site. Even in countries where French is not spoken, French speaking guide and interpreters are needed to service Francophone tourists!
Resort staff: If you’d prefer to work at a beautiful vacation destination, how about working as resort staff in a French speaking country or region? Imagine all the beachside or ski resorts all over the Francophone world that need bilingual staff to service the tourists! There is a variety of jobs in this category that would allow for a lot of French speaking practice with the staff and with locals, including chef, ski instructor, or lifeguard, etc.
Flight attendant: It’s definitely an advantage to airline companies to have flight attendants that speak multiple languages – and for Canadian airlines it is required. Your French could be put to good use while flying across the globe to and from French speaking regions.
Diplomat: If you have an interest in justice and politics, maybe a job as a diplomat would be something you could strive for. Of course, diplomats need to speak multiple languages. As a Canadian ambassador or diplomat, French-speaking skills would be very necessary.
Canadian government: Similarly, if you have an interest in civics, perhaps a job in government could be fulfilling for you. Whether this job is a political scientist, economist, minister, or politician, there’s no doubt that French knowledge would be a huge competitive advantage.
French teacher: This is another obvious one. French teachers, especially, in Ontario and the rest of Canada have an enormous advantage in the job market. As French school programs continue to expand, there is a growing need for teachers who are qualified to teach the language. Being a French teacher does not necessarily mean being a language teacher, there are plenty of opportunities to teach math, science, or social studies in French.
ESL teacher: If you love traveling, maybe you would enjoy being an ESL teacher one day. This means that you could be stationed in many different French-speaking regions of the world and teacher English to native French speakers. The chances to practice your French would still be plenty, considering that you would live day-to-day life immersed in French.
Voice over artist: Perhaps you have a great French pronunciation, this could be a great advantage if you would like to be a voice over artist! Many shows in English or other languages need to be dubbed in French. If you love drama class and French, acting out movie scenes with their voice could be a fun career.
NGO staff: Do you have a passion for helping others? A job for an NGO or an international organization would be perfect.. And it could be an opportunity to put French skills to good use. For example, working for International Red Cross or Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) would involve travelling to French speaking regions and working with local French native speakers.
Working in a French speaking country/region: If none of the above jobs sound like a good fit, being able to communicate in French means being able to find a job in any field in any Francophone region. Maybe Quebec, or France, or the French Polynesia? The possibilities are endless.
Working for any French speaking company: There are plenty of French companies that consider speaking French an asset when hiring employees. You can get access to employment opportunities for many French speaking people who want to be camp counselors, program coordinators, office staff, and even our graphic designer is Francophone! How about working at a French bakery? Or directing French theatre shows? Maybe even working for a company that needs to provide customer service in French to clients? There are so many ways in which French skills can expand the amount of experiences and job opportunities that your child can have in the future.