What can studying a language can do for my career?

Many of our alumni utilize a second language in their careers today. Check out our alumni report (coming soon) to see where our alumni are now, what they are doing, and how much they use a second language in their careers!

Advice from GCL Alumni

"[Learning a language] is more about the thinking shift than the language. The language is important, but learning a second language changes the way you think, usually in a good way. Let that happen as soon as you can."

"Knowing another language is a hard skill, but there are many soft skills learned as well. Highlight the flexibility and adaptability you learned from languages (especially if they studied abroad)."

"During the job search process, in addition to language skills, also emphasize some of the less obvious skills that language study can bring -- exposure to other cultures, new ways of looking at situations and the world, an international outlook, an appreciation for people who are different from you, etc. Also, if you want to take full advantage of the range of employment opportunities out there, be open to relocating outside of the Midwest."

How do I start my career search?

UWL's Career Services can assist students with major and career exploration, and how to job search. They also assist with resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages provides a variety of resources for students who studied a language who are beginning their career search:

The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages: Leading with Languages 

Read about UW alumni who studied language and what they are doing now:

Languages & Careers