It is completely normal before beginning your language learning journey to wonder, “will I ever even use German?” Luckily in today’s world of business the answer to that question is a resounding “Yes!” When choosing a language to learn, it is best to choose one that you will be able to use daily. It would be ideal to even find a job that will require you to use the language you are learning. What are some jobs that need German speakers? Let's take a look!
Yes, this one is obvious. If you find that you have a knack for the German language and fall in love with it, you might consider becoming a German teacher. Simply knowing a language is not enough to become a teacher. You must love the language and culture and be able to share you love and knowledge with your students and have the skills to impart that knowledge with them. You might think, "There is no way I am going back to school for 4 years to get a teaching certification, no matter how much I love German!" The good news is that most states in the United States have what is known as an alternative teaching certification program. Through these programs, you can actually become certified by on hands learning by getting right in the saddle of the classroom.
International Company Representative
Think of big-name German manufacturers. Ones that might come to mind are BMW, Volkswagen Bosch, Aldi, Lidl, Bayer, Puma, Adidas, and many others! All of these company have their headquarters in Germany. Anyone who wants to climb to the top of the ladder in these companies will need to learn German. The reason for this is that as you climb the ladder, you will need to travel to Germany to build relationships with your German partners. There is no better way to build a relationship internationally than to show that you care enough to learn to communicate in their mother tongue and heart language.
Maybe you have always wanted to live abroad but were not sure how to fund your international life. Becoming an English teacher might be the answer for you. And maybe, as you learn the German language, you find that Germany is the place for you. Arriving in Germany as a German-speaking English teacher will open the doors for more jobs and more students. If you would rather stay in the US to teach English to German speakers, you can get in contact with language training companies that already have an in with big name German companies.
Maybe you have an itch to travel to Europe, but not live there. Maybe you also want to do it while earning money. A great option would be starting a career as a pilot or flight attendant. Becoming a pilot will be much more expensive and time consuming than the flight attendant training. With a maximum training of 6 months and max cost of $5000, becoming a flight attendant could be your paid path to international travel. Knowing German will open up your potential employers to include German airlines as well. Lufthansa is listed as the 9th best airline in the world and #1 of European-based airlines.
You cannot sell anything to anyone if you cannot tell them what you are selling. It is that simple! When selling a product to German-speaking customers, it is vital that a salesperson is able to explain exactly what said product is. Having a base knowledge of the German language helps immensely with this much needed clear and quick communication between the buyer and seller. Major manufacturers need marketing specialists that are fluent in German as well.
By now, you hopefully see that learning German is helpful for many job titles. How can it help you in yours?