Best Career Options after BA in Bengali

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Bengali, a language that is widely regarded as one of the sweetest sounding of the lot, also offers a lot of sweet (forgive me) career options if you pursue it through a BA in Bengali.

There is not a lot of information online about possible career options after completing your graduation in Bengali in India, but we’re here to change that.

After tons of research, we finally found what we are looking for. Complete information about all possible career options after a B.A in Bengali. Here is that information, at your disposal –

Account Manager

For students of BA Bengali, Account Manager is a slightly unusual or odd career choice. However, being special does not imply that the work is of poor quality or that the pay is low. It simply means that, for whatever reason, there aren’t many people who walk this route.  

Account managers are responsible for managing an array of accounts, building relationships with the new clients, leading team productivity overseeing the work of account executives, and achieving high sales target. They also manage several customer accounts and often being the face of the company to many customers.

They also achieve goals and high target sales while motivating the other executives to do the same. And, as you gain experience, man-management and leadership skills become increasingly important. The role is dynamic, which means that no two days will be alike. You’ll still be a problem solver if you’re an account manager. Plus, if you’re a ‘creative’ problem solver, you’ll get bonus points.  

In this sector, salaries vary greatly. And they are based on a variety of unrelated variables, but one thing you can count on is that you will be paid what you are worth. Starting salaries will range from INR 3,25,000 – 4,00,000 but keep in mind that this is just an approximation.  

The potential for growth is strong, but the competition is fierce. The job can be difficult and stressful at times, but if you like accounts, you will enjoy being an account manager. To stand out, you’d have to be exceptionally good at your work. The sky is the limit for the fortunate few who make it. 

Content Editor   

If you’re undecided about all of the above choices, Content Editor could be the best option for you. The demand for this profession has been skyrocketing recently, so now would be an excellent time to enter it. If you’ve recently opened LinkedIn, you’ll notice that it’s flooded with employers looking for Content Editor.  

That’s fine. But what exactly does an Content Editor do? Here’s the fix.  

Content editor manage all the day-to-day operations of a publication, such as a trade publication, magazine, newspaper, or academic journal. Editor-in-chief oversees all of the assistants, or departments of a publication, and they ensure each issue is released on time.

Few editors-in-chief worked up to this top position by starting out as writers, and then working as an assistant or managing editor. Your duties can vary from time to time, but in the end, it all boils down to creating and managing content. So, if you think you’d like to do that, becoming an Content Editor could be the best choice for you.  

Problem-solving abilities, which are the bulk of what an employer looks for in this field, can only be learned by experience. As a result, the majority of seasoned Content Editor advise newcomers to get started as soon as possible. That’s one of the best things about Content Editor – you can work on your writing and proofreading skills at your own pace at home.  

Salaries in this field (as in most others) are highly variable, but you can expect to earn somewhere between INR 4,00,000 at the start of your career. 

Bengali Interpreter   

Another option that you may not have thought of, being a Bengali graduate, is becoming a Bengali interpreter. Okay, sarcasm aside, becoming an interpreter is actually a really good idea. There is a reason that people automatically assume that if you graduated in Bengali, you are going to become an interpreter. This career is safe, with steady demand and steady salaries.  

If you have been living under a rock, here is what an interpreter does – Bengali Interpreters are responsible for handling phone calls and render the meaning of the conversation between the Bengali and respective language or English speakers. They help to translate non-Bengali speakers and work in a wide range of industries such as Hospitals, Insurance, Healthcare, Financial, Government, Travel and Tourism, Utilities, Court, Law Enforcement, and General Business. 

No surprises there. I know it’s tempting, but don’t be fooled by the simplicity of that job description, the work is still work. Timings are the good ol’ 9-5, and most companies don’t allow employees to work from home, but that has changed a bit after the pandemic.  

Salaries are good in this profession, with a decent amount of money being offered to freshers. Monetary growth is slow, but quite steady. There is not a lot of travel involved in this job, but you may be subjected to a few transfers here and there. Excited? Great, start applying to Interpreter jobs. Not your cup of tea?  Read on, we got a few more options to help you along. 

Letter Translator   

Another amazing option for you if you have just graduated after completing a BA in Bengali, is to become an Letter Translator. Good salary, great growth opportunities, opportunity to apply all your knowledge, and some travel sprinkled here and there. What more can a Bengali graduate need?  

If you don’t know, letter translators are responsible for reading letters or documents, writing and editing copies, consulting clients, preparing summaries, using computer translation programs and developing contacts. They can work in translation companies, commercial and industrial organizations, the civil service, international bodies such as the United States and the European Union.

Many of them are self-employed or work as a freelancer and get paid for each word for translation. The work profile often varies with the company and your position in the organizational chain, but your major work is going to be this only. Leadership and management opportunities are available in ample once you attain a certain level of experience, if that is an important factor for you in choosing a career.  

You can expect your starting salary to be around INR 2,50,000, but this is not a hard and fast rule. If you are applying to a bigger company and are able to adequately display your skills, you can get a much higher package. And as for growth prospects, the same rule applies. If you are good at what you do, you can expect quicker promotions and more leadership opportunities.  

Work-life balance varies from company-to-company, but in general, your weekends are going to be holidays and working overtime is going to be a rarity. 

Tourist guide   

Tourist guide is one of the most in-demand careers right now. Students who are graduating after completing Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Bengali are one of the most eligible people for this job. Tour guides work on tour and cruise lines, travel guide companies, independent contractors, cruise lines, and hotels as seasonal workers, or full-time employees.

Guides may lead driving tours or cruises, walking tours, through popular sites, national parks, museums, historic neighborhoods, or other regional points of interest. They must be able to retain dates, historical facts, and anecdotes and then relay that information to visitors in an entertaining and informative way. 

And apart from this, the growth prospects are also great. Tourism to Kolkata, the primary Bengali speaking area of the country, is steadily increasing. In fact, salaries have been rising a lot lately in this field. Right now, you can expect to earn anywhere around INR 3,00,000, although a lot of stuff depends on how good you are at your job.

The work-life balance is good. Finding work is a bit difficult in this industry, but once you get a foot inside the door, only the sky is the limit.

The job is challenging enough that you won’t be bored and it’s not so difficult that you would be demotivated. Just the perfect middle ground, if you ask us. Salaries are usually a little slow to grow in this field, but that may change sooner than you expect, given the rise of post-covid tourism wave. 

So these were some of the highest-paying professions that you can go for after completing a B.A. in Bengali. Did you like the article and found it informative? Then please share it with fellow Bengali students so that they can make well-informed decisions about their professional life. Subscribe to our newsletter to get a weekly update about the different career options added on the website.

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