Can one assume that the advent of Globalization itself promotes the language profession?
Globalization is upon us more than ever and so is the language profession. But in this competitive era, there has to be a core set of traits that are needed to be successful in the language industry.
So let’s have a look at some of these traits:
- Sales skills – Ability to convince is one of the greatest skills. It is crucial to make-yourself-seen, be it through emails or attending networking events and conferences. You are always selling, and a solid understanding of how to sell yourself is required for success.
- Diversification – Diversification is a ‘risk-reduction strategy that involves adding products, services, location, customers and markets to your company’s portfolio’. It is the one of the most discussed topics in the language industry. Diversifying in our industry does not automatically mean having a parallel career or a new business branch. It can be as simple as adding a ‘plus’ to the services you offer. Adding extra skills to your portfolio serves useful in the time of crisis.
- Gaining credentials – From Calcutta to Kalamazoo, the world’s pockets are splitting at the seams with population growth. Having a qualification or a degree in the profession gives you a cache that is already a little more viable than the rest. Educational degree is a proof of the knowledge you possess. Investing in memberships and certification from professional associations also gives you credibility.
- Being a visionary – ‘It’s not what you offer, it’s about what you can solve.’ In this competitive world, the ability to see beyond the conventional norms leads to great success. It means offering what others do not have or creating value for others. Reading and keeping abreast with the market trends helps to develop creativity.
- Peer wisdom and connections – According to Hill (1938), there are only two ways to learn, one is through Reading and other is Association with smart people, which we strongly agree to. To discuss ideas and connect with like-minded professionals is the best way to learn in the language industry. In the digital era, social media seems to be a great platform for marketing and networking.
- Embracing technology – Advancements in technology and coping up with it is about making the process efficient. It is important to learn and adapt the advancements in technology, be it CAT tools, marketing platforms, TMS’s or other. We at eLanguageWorld constantly strive to keep abreast with the latest advancement in technology.
These are some of the most important characteristics needed to succeed in the language industry. No one plans to stay mediocre but mediocrity happens if you don’t plan. Being productive with your time is essential towards attaining your goal. It is rightly said that “A master has failed more times than even a beginner has tried”, perseverance results in success.