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Monica. Shiralkar
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can learning foreign language like French help improve chances of Indian software engineer to go onsite? Is it a step that will really help?
Rameshwar Soni
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Well i think you are in a lot of hurry to go onsite and you have asked this question so many times. I think you haven't read a very nice answer which was given by Chris Webster, so i would paste that answer again. Original thread here

Author : Chris Webster

Well, Monica, you posted a similar question only back in July, and I doubt if the methods for getting a job abroad have changed much in 3 months. As Jeanne says, you haven't really explained why any employer in India should send you abroad, or why any foreign employer should hire you (especially when in some countries many of the local IT professionals are out of work thanks to massive offshoring of IT work to countries like India). Maybe you should think about some of these questions, so you can be a little more convincing when you look for a job abroad. If you are looking for a job with a foreign company, be prepared for them to ask you some of these questions.

  • Why are you so desperate to go abroad so urgently (is India so horrible)?
  • What countries are you interested in working in, and why?
  • Why should an Indian employer send you to work abroad, apart from just because you want them to?
  • Why haven't you tried to get work in your target country via a multi-national with offices in India,, e.g. by demonstrating your usefulness to your employer and persuading them to send you onsite?
  • What can you offer a foreign employer to persuade them to sponsor you for a work permit, instead of just hiring a local Java developer?

  • So far you don't seem to have any good answers to any of these questions, so how will you persuade an employer to give you a job abroad?

    Finally, having worked abroad for several years (in a foreign language) myself, I recommend you prepare yourself for the inevitable culture shock and challenges of working in a foreign country, especially if you plan on settling abroad permanently
    Rameshwar Soni
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    Monica. Shiralkar wrote:can learning foreign language like French help improve chances of Indian software engineer to go onsite? Is it a step that will really help?


    One more thing learning a foreign language like French is good but there are many people who knows such language, even college students opt for French, German etc as a foreign language in their studies, so its not a thing which is a rare quality.

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    Monica. Shiralkar wrote:can learning foreign language like French help improve chances of Indian software engineer to go onsite? Is it a step that will really help?

    Have you robbed a bank, Monica? Because you seem desperate to get out of India as quickly as possible!

    If you don't already know any French, then it will probably take you years of study in your spare time to become sufficiently fluent in spoken and written French to work at a professional level in a completely French-speaking environment. If you wanted to work in a kitchen, then you could probably turn up in France speaking very little French and find a job. But if you want to work as a senior software developer/architect etc in a French-speaking company, you need rather more sophisticated linguistic skills. It's the same for any natural language that isn't very similar to your own language - it would take me years of hard work to learn Hindi well enough to work in a Hindi-speaking company, for example - and you only really learn a language properly by living in the country where it is spoken. If you want to learn French, go right ahead because it's a lovely language with a huge cultural heritage, but don't think you can simply "learn French" (or German or Chinese etc) the way you might "learn" Groovy, for example, based on your Java experience.

    You would probably be better off improving your English (you need to work on your grammar and get a sense of appropriate registers, for example), because at least you already know a lot of English and many companies all over the world use English as their working language. Having worked with many "onshored" Indian developers here in the UK, it was not always easy to understand what some of them were saying/writing in English, and some of them had trouble participating in meetings etc or understanding what they were being asked to do because their language skills were not always sufficient.

    So I would suggest you improve your English and focus on acquiring more marketable/specialised professional skills and experience, so that you are in a better position to take advantage of any opportunities to work abroad when they occur.


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    Jeanne Boyarsky
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    As said above, it will take years to learn another language well enough for it to help. Even then, you are gambling that you will be needed in a French speaking country. It is very specific.

    It would be much easier to learn a specialized technical skill. Which is still a gamble on picking the right one and learning enough to be an expert.


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    Let's remember that this topic is in the Job Discussions forum (and not in the Meaningless Drivel forum), let's try to keep the conversation serious please.

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    Rambo Prasad
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    You can target Services companies or European software companies..I have seen couple of Java/J2ee openings which require knowledge of french/Japanese etc..


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