Professions with no language?

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Are there professions with no language? What are they?

Searching for a job without speaking its language can be one of the most frustrating experiences that a person can live throughout its work life. The situation could get even worse if the job hunt continues without being able to have an effective communication, impacting directly the worker’s personal life and its self-esteem.

There are mainly two reasons why a person would be unable to speak the language: being a recent immigrant or having physiological issues. In both cases, finding a job can become a real problem. Where the biggest inconvenient is searching for too much, without searching for something specific.

If you know where to go, it will be much easier to get there. The same happens with jobs. If you know where your work area is, it will be much easier being hired and being successful at it.

Professions with no language
Professions with no language

We have to understand this: If we have an obstacle, we have to replace it with one of our abilities. In this case, our obstacle is the verbal communication, but our hands and our abilities with them can be the solution, just like with our sight, perception, etc.
It’s imperative to understand that the fact of not being able to have an effective communication (temporary or permanent) doesn’t mean that our performance will be less efficient than someone else’s.
With this internalized, we can finally go out and start looking for a job the right way.

What professions don’t need a language?

If you just arrived somewhere and can’t speak the language or are having a hard time finding a job, due to a physiological issue there are some jobs for you.

  • Sewing, cooking, or building: These are three examples of jobs where you don’t need to speak at all to be able to do them. Basically, you’ll need a direction, for example: a pattern you have to follow, or a recipe that you need to cook, etc. and afterwards you can simply do the job without having to communicate at all (that is, if you don’t have any inconvenient throughout the day). The communication will be basically with your boss, or co-workers that give you instructions, but no interaction with the public.

Now, for the following jobs you’ll need to speak a little, because they are jobs that require communication with your customers (to know what they want or what their problem is). However, it requires minimum communication, and sometimes it doesn’t even need to be verbal. These are:

  • Manicurist, pedicurist, or stylist: For starters, you could just show them a design or hairstyle (very detailed, with a description in the country’s language and a picture alongside it) for them to choose without any further complications.
  • Masseuse: You can offer them a “menu” style board with different massages for different areas and problems.
  • Driver: If you are an orientated person and know the area you want to drive in, you could surely give this a try. You’ll only need a direction, a car, and some gas.

Lastly, if you have enough money, you can surely start thinking about opening your own business and have someone to help you out with the contracts, permissions, etc. it’s a very profitable way of living and making money. Some ideas are:

  • Offer catering services: You’ll need a team to start working with (maybe your family). You could offer several menus for people to choose, and afterwards you’ll just need a place, plenty of food and a very good organization.
  • Open a small food market or restaurant: It’s highly recommendable to open your own food business. Maybe with the family recipes, or the ones from your country. You’ll barely need to speak, and it’s very likely that people from your country visit the most.
  • Sell your art: Maybe you like to create furniture, jewelry, accessories, etc. You could offer them online, or just sell them on a street fair. It’s one of the businesses where you start small and can actually get pretty big.


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