Can knowing Persian and Arabic get me a job?
June 8, 2011 7:45 PM Subscribe
What kinds of jobs can I get based on my military experience and knowledge of languages? Should I study more first?
posted by atchafalaya to Work & Money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm coming back soon from a deployment to Afghanistan. While here I've spent my spare time learning Dari (a dialect of Persian) and am lightly conversational about social topics. I can read and write. A long time ago I learned some Arabic.
I'm looking at applying to be an Army Foreign Area Officer, and also taking the Foreign Service Exam. I could also try to get into a University back home with a Persian/Arabic program, but that would take some time and I have a family to support. I'm forty-three, so I feel a time crunch.
What other programs or jobs are out there for someone with my experience? I've heard good and bad things about USAID, nothing about ICG, for instance.