Anything! One of the many benefits of a language major is the
flexibility afforded to students. Students
can work in whatever areas they've gained experiences in while in
college through part-time jobs, internships, and student organizations.
If a student is interested in working in hospitality, for example, they
can major in Arabic Studies and complete hospitality courses
for their open
electives while also working a part-time job in the hospitality
industry. If a student is interested in working for the government,
they can begin as volunteers 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 students with excellent experiences in an office setting.
gain a variety of skills when they complete language courses, which
prepares them for success as a professional in any field. Students can
improve their verbal & written communication skills, interpersonal
skills, ability to work in diverse environments, and critical thinking
skills, to name a few. Students may also find a more comprehensive list
of what they can do with a language major through the Career Center's website
. Auburn University
also has a list of additional skills/benefts gained from language study.
also 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 students to recognize the overall skills they gain and need to develop while in college
while studing what they enjoy and what corresponds with their
strengths. If students 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 students qualify to apply for a job; experience
, and fit are what get them hired. Students can work on all of these while they are in college, so as to make the most of their 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. Students are recommended to take two-credit classes such as UIP 240 and 241
as 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 they are and what they have to offer a prospective employer.