As we all are aware that the exchange between India and Japan has started since the 6th century when we introduced Buddhism to Japan. Since then both of our countries have tied together and are trying to continue healthy and long lasting good relations with each other.
If you talk about recent relations, the frequent visits of India’s prime minister “Mr. Narendra Modi” and Japan’s Prime Minister “Mr. Shinzo Abe” made it clear that both countries are still focusing on their future prospects.
Both of the prime ministers discussed setting a common goal by doubling the Japanese companies in India and supporting each other economically and politically. We also have an upcoming Shinkansen project which was decided in 2015 during the visit of “Mr. Shinzo Abe” in India.
Now we all know that Japan is known for having a good grasp in the field of Electronics, Automobile, Anime, IT etc. And we have many Famous Japanese brands operating in India, which can boost your value if you work in it.
So Now let’s have a look on what type of jobs you can find in India. Their benefits, salaries and required level for same.
1. Interpretation and translation
This is the very common and most Famous career option if you want to go to a Japanese company. We have a lot of Japanese companies in India, belonging to various fields such as IT, automobile, travel and tourism etc. So after learning Japanese language and having a good grasp on it, one can choose this profession which has a great future outlook.
First you need to know the difference between both. So translation is when you translate from English to Japanese or vice versa on paper or documents. On the other hand interpretation means when you translate two person conversations live by being the mediator for both different speakers.
For this you must understand both the languages the speaker’s are using, for example, Japanese to english or vice versa. Generally, if you go for this profile, a company hires you for both types of translation.
If you choose this profession, it involves public dealing, meeting with new people on a daily basis, could include the travel in various countries including Japan, which will not only enhance your Resume history, also gives you the confidence to deal with various different people by focusing on your growth as well. By starting this profession, not only you’ll improve your Japanese but you’ll improve your future as well. As this profession comes with a grade salary package.
So here we can’t comment on how much you’ll get, as it totally depends on your skills. The more good your speaking and skills will be, the more you’ll earn. But if we talk about the starting for freshers in this field, it could be from Rs.30,000 and by adding up the experience it can go limitless.
As this profession demands to translate official documents and interpret meetings, one should have good advance knowledge in Japanese.
【Level】- JLPT N2, N1 / JLPT N3 (With experience)
If you are hired as a trainee on low pay scale so one should have the below one.
【Level】- N3 (No experience required)
2. Japanese Teacher
Now this is the second option, if you are looking for a career in Japanese Language.
This is the never ending career, as we all know that for working with a Japanese Company you must know Japanese Language and for that you need to learn it, so yes this is the career, which not only will help you to go deep into the roots of Japanese language, but also gives you the respect and a good career growth. If you become a teacher, you have to study harder than anyone and you should have deep knowledge of the particular language, in order to provide for the students.
Today many companies, which is like Canon, Toyota, Hitachi, Nissan, Toshiba, Honda and so on, are looking for a teacher in order to train their employees and make them understand the Japanese Business culture. If you are good, they generally tie up till the future with the same person as they need someone who can give them the right and required knowledge of the language.
This profession gives you the long lasting benefits, as you have the huge knowledge of the language, so you can switch anytime in any other field. If you are a teacher only, you’ll always learn and grow and at the same time provide that knowledge to your students, which makes you so valuable. As we mentioned today many colleges, universities and companies look for the right knowledgeable person, which can make their institute or organisation proud.
So Salary is a little concern in teaching field, though you can earn good if you are knowledgeable but not every teacher earns that well. There is a limit for teacher’s salaries and mostly teachers are hired part time which will not cost a company or an institute much. Your salary also depends, how educated or good you are in your language, how is your public appearance, students reviews, their results etc. So there are many factors which can influence your salary.
Salary can be from Rs.30,000 but it totally depends on the scale of your company or institute. If you are hired as a trainee, so there might be chances that you get less or nothing as you are still learning.
As this profession demands deep knowledge, understanding, students dealing, and a big responsibility, so one should only go for this after having correct and deep knowledge in the particular language. As this profession requires never ending studies, so one should be hardworking, to be interested in studies and open to learn new things.
【Level】- JLPT N2, N1 (Requires good speaking and deep knowledge)
3. Travel and tourism
If you are someone who loves travelling so this is the right profession for you. This profession can be done as a freelancer as well as on a permanent basis.
You can work for a company as well as can go for solo work as well. This profession mainly includes the guiding work, where you need to go with the native and guide the location in Japanese language. You can tour a group who visited for travel or came for research etc. As this work is all about speaking, one should be good in Japanese speaking to make the native understand it well.
This type of job will always benefit you as you meet different types of people. The same like other languages, depending on person to person the way of talking could be different like some use a high tone, some speak fast, some speak slow etc. By meeting with different types of people you’ll be able to grasp good and natural Japanese skills and better understanding of the language, which will help you to attain a good position in future.
A guide salary could start from Rs.30,000 and will depend on your skills. The transportation and travel in a different country or city, hotel and food expenses will reimburse as well.
As this profession demands to talk fluently while guiding, one should have good speaking in Japanese. JLPT N3 can also be fine, if you are good at speaking. Or even if you have just JLPT N4, but you have lived in Japan and can speak good Japanese, then also you can apply here.
【Level】- JLPT N4 – N1 (Requires good speaking)
4. Work in a Japanese MNC (Multinational Corporation)
As we have discussed, we have many Japanese brands which are operating in India, and giving us support in employment. So if you go for MNC, we have a lot of profiles to discuss, because in MNC there are lots of positions to work for, and an employer needs a person who can speak Japanese from basic, intermediate or advanced. They have different jobs for different level speakers, so one can expect to get a job even if they are not at advance level. We have profiles starting from Admin to HR to Sales department and so on.
Working in MNC gives you a lot of benefits such as Pf, tax benefit on your salaries, a good atmosphere, a better exposure and a very good growth. A good MNC generally cares a lot for their employees and tries to provide them as much as they can. Mostly MNC includes facilities like gym, frequent events, paid leaves, other fun training, free of cost travel, parties etc. All these things not only gives you a good exposure of life, but motivates you in your work as well.
When it comes to salary, of course the MNC mostly value their employees and if they find the right candidate, they do not hesitate to pay what you deserve. They require an employee who is confident, can deal publicly and is not shy. So for applying in MNC, you need to be confident and good in your particular language.
The salary starting can vary, depends on your job profile but not less than Rs.30,000 and goes limitless depending on your profile.
As we have mentioned that there are different level profiles in MNC, so your level totally depends on which profile you are applying. If it is just requires some very basic knowledge (JLPT N5) sounds perfect, if it is basic speaking on day to day basis (JLPT N4) sounds perfect and if it is for as a translator, interpreter or any other big profile where you need to use advance speaking so it should be from (JLPT N3 – JLPT N1)
【Level】- JLPT N5 – N1 (Depends on what your profile demands)
The mentioned professions are just the highlighted and the most common and famous professions in Japanese fields, but except these there are more profiles like in sales department, accounts, restaurant, aviation sector, BPO etc.
So one can say that we have a huge market of Japanese in India, with a great future aspect, so if you are thinking that do we find a job or not so don’t worry, as the opportunities are just going to increase from now on.
Don’t hesitate to go for a Japanese company, as it will teach us a lot, starting from their beautiful culture to their dedicated hard working business environment.