Anything! One of the many benefits of a language major is the
flexibility afforded to you. You can work in whatever areas you've gained experiences in while in
college through part-time jobs, internships, and student organizations.
If you are interested in working in hospitality, for example, you can major in Arabic Studies and complete hospitality courses
for your open
electives while also working a part-time job in the hospitality
industry. If you are interested in working for the government, you can begin as a volunteer in a government office, apply for City of Chicago internships
, and work part-time as an office assistant or desk receptionist for an alderman's office. Working on campus
in an administrative capacity can also provide you with excellent experiences in an office setting.
You gain a variety of skills when you complete language courses, which
prepares you for success as a professional in any field. You can
improve your verbal & written communication skills, interpersonal
skills, ability to work in diverse environments, and critical thinking
skills, to name a few. You may also find a more comprehensive list
of what you can do with a language major through the Career Center's website
. Auburn University
also has a list of additional skills/benefits gained from language study.
important to note that many people do not work in jobs directly
related to their major if they don't seek out professional experiences
while in college, related to their area of study. It is therefore
important for you to recognize the overall skills you gain and need to
develop in college
while studying what you enjoy and what corresponds with your
. If you enjoy working/talking with people from other cultures
and enjoy the wonder and beauty of self-expression in other languages, a
language program may be a good fit! Here are a few articles that
address this point:
A college degree can help you qualify to apply for a job; experience
, and fit
what get you hired. You can work on all of these while in
college so as to make the most of your college experience and expenses.
Read more about the skills employers are looking for in new hires (link
above) and look for opportunities to polish these skills. Consider taking
two-credit classes such as UIP 240 and 241
a 5th class (fits within 18-credit tuition package if the other four
classes are only four credits each) to learn how to better articulate
who you are and what you have to offer a prospective employer.