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The 10 Coolest Jobs You Can Get By Learning a Foreign Language

The 10 Coolest Jobs You Can Get By Learning a Foreign Language

Knowing a foreign language can help you in many aspects of your life, including travel, family connection, and even mental health. But did you know that you can find some of the coolest jobs just by knowing another language?

Before we talk about the 10 top language jobs you can get, let’s talk about the most useful languages to learn.

Which foreign languages helps you find the top language jobs?

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    a. Spanish. As third most spoken language in the world, knowing how to speak Spanish will enable you to reach over 500M+ people globally. In the United States and Europe, Spanish is recognized as the second official language other than English, and is the official language in over four continents.

    b. French. Not only is France the fifth biggest economy and top three locations for foreign investments, some of the top universities like HEC exist in France. Learning French opens the doors to French companies in not only France, but other French-speaking parts of the world such as Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa.

    c. German. According to The Economist, German has been shown to earn you the biggest bucks if you work for a corporation:

    • Spanish — 1.5 percent bonus
    • French — 2.3 percent bonus
    • German — 3.8 percent bonus

    While German won’t give you the wide reach that a language like Spanish provides, Germany is the home to some of the top corporations in the world, particularly the top automobile brands like BMW.

    d. Mandarin. It’s no surprise that Mandarin is on this list. As the most widely spoken language in the world, Mandarin is the official language of China, one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

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    e. Arabic. The Arab world is recognized as one of the wealthiest regions in the world, with over $600B in GDP. Due to the abundance of market opportunities in the Middle East, Western Arabic speakers are in very high demand, but in very low supply. If you have the ability to speak Arabic, don’t be surprised if people are throwing their offer letters at your desk!

    What industries are these top language jobs from?

    While you can benefit from knowing a foreign language with nearly every industry, here are the main highlights:

    • Media (journalism) and film
    • Tourism and travel services, including airlines and hotels
    • Banks and insurance
    • Local, state and federal government
    • International non-profit organizations
    • Publishing companies
    • Departments of defense and international embassies
    • Health services
    • Social services
    • Immigration services
    • Elementary, high schools, universities and colleges

    The 10 Top Language Jobs You Can Get With a Foreign Language

    1. Game Translator

    Industry: Gaming

    Did you grow up playing Nintendo? Now you can make money playing it. Companies like Nintendo are always looking for in-game translators that can translate from English to Japanese or other languages. Here’s an example job posting.

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      2. Brand Specialist

      Industry: Technology

      Recognized as one of the best companies to work for, Google is hiring Brand Specialists that can communicate in foreign markets. In short, brand specialists work with customers to serve the ongoing product improvements of Google.

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        3. Community Representative

        Industry: Gaming

        Blizzard, who produces well-known video games like WoW and Diablo, is looking for a bilingual Spanish/English speaker to engage with their Latin American player communities. The job includes helping with game development and supporting the company at events, including BlizzCon.

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          4. Flight Attendant

          Industry: Travel and Tourism

          If the idea of getting paid to travel sounds exciting to you, flight attendant maybe something to look into. Depending on which airline you work for, many of these top airlines will look for flight attendants that can speak a foreign language. For example, if an airline frequently flies from the US to Spain, they’re going to prefer someone that can speak Spanish.

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            5. Lead Coordinator

            Industry: International Non-profit Organizations

            Non-profit organizations, like Pencils of Promise,  are focused on helping developing nations around the world. In many of these nations, English is not the official language. Understanding a foreign language like Spanish will help advance your position in the organization because you have the ability to communicate with the people you’re trying to help.

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              6. Analyst or Associate

              Industry: International Banking and Finance

              Banking is done all around the world, and this involves doing business with people from different cultures and countries globally. Knowing a foreign language can give you an upper hand when it comes to negotiating or deal making.

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                7. Photographer

                Industry: Film & Media

                Photography is an art that goes beyond languages, but if you want to shoot around the world, you should certainly learn a foreign language. For travel photographers, you can decide to learn the language that you would most like to travel to.

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                  8. Fashion Buyer

                  Industry: Fashion

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                  Whether it’s Milan, Barcelona, or São Paulo, fashion is a global industry, and you’ll be working with people all around the world, who speak multiple languages. It’s safe to say that Spanish, Italian, or French are great languages to learn if you’re into fashion.

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                    9. Recruiter

                    Industry: Human Resources

                    As businesses become more global by the day, they’re also looking for employees all around the world. Companies are always building new offices in South America, Europe, and Asia. The recruiter’s role is to be able to communicate with these employees and recruit the best person for the job.

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                      10. Foreign Correspondents

                      Industry: Journalism

                      Love telling stories? Do you dream about traveling the world and helping people share their message?
                      Journalism may be your calling. If you want to find the best stories, you’re going to need to know how to communicate in a language other than English, especially if you want to speak with the locals.

                      A Syrian refugee is helped by a volunteer to leave a sinking dinghy at a beach on the southeastern island of Lesbos, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016. Greece is mired in a full-blown diplomatic dispute with some EU countries over their border slowdowns and closures. Those border moves have left Greece and the migrants caught between an increasingly fractious Europe, where several countries are reluctant to accept more asylum-seekers, and Turkey, which has appeared unwilling or unable to staunch the torrent of people leaving in barely seaworthy smuggling boats for Greek islands. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

                        … and back over to you

                        Are there any top language jobs that we missed? We’d love to hear from you below!

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                        Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

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                        11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                        11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                        Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                        Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                        Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                        In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                        1. ScheduleOnce

                          ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                          ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                          ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                          Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                          Available on Web

                          2. Calendly

                            Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                            You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                            Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                            3. Assistant.to

                              For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                              From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                              While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                              Available on Web

                              4. Acuityscheduling

                                Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                5. Pick

                                  Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                  At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                  Available on Web

                                  6. X.ai

                                    For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                    This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                    Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                    Available on Web

                                    7. YouCanBook.me

                                      is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                      They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                      Available on Web

                                      8. Doodle

                                        Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                        It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                        You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                        While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                        9. WhenAvailable

                                          WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                          Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                          Available on Web

                                          10. Rally

                                            Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                            Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                            Available on Web

                                            11. NeedtoMeet

                                              Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                              NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                              While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                              Available on Web

                                              Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                              In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                              To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                              Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                              A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                              Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                              If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                              Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                              With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                              The Bottom Line

                                              Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                              Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                              Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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