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Unless you are planning to become an actor, I see no reason to try to get rid of your accent as long as you speak clearly. This is a prerequisite for success. It does not matter where you live. Nor does it matter what your mother tongue is.
Along with your education and experience, your communication skills are paramount in securing a job. Assuming that you are qualified for the position you have landed, your communication skills will take precedence over everything else. No matter how great your abilities, if your words are not being understood the first time you say it, then your lack of clarity in speaking will place you on questionable footing with your company.
Let’s say that you are living in Germany but were born in China. Unless the company for which you are seeking employment is an international firm, the chances are likely that Deutsch will be the language you will be speaking. If your accent is so heavy that your Deutsch is hard to understand, than the firm will probably hire the candidate whose articulation and pronunciation is better than yours.
How do you improve your diction?
When I was living and working in Canada, my ex-husband, a symphony conductor and Austrian by birth, was unable to understand any of my clients in their ‘before’ readings. However, he understood everyone in the ‘after’ video recordings. My clientele was quite diverse and international.
An accent is part of what makes you, you. It distinguishes you and is part of your heritage and background. Don’t try to get rid of it, just clean it up.
Listen to the difference in Julia's diction in her 'before & after.'