Practically 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 and skills
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 in 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
. The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) also provides a comprehensive map of 21st Century skills
gained through language study.
Skills list and additional career ideas: