Career Preparation

The benefits of language learning

Learning a second language affords many undeniable cognitive benefits that can enhance your abilities in many endeavors. People who speak more than one language improve their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. They enjoy greater concentration and memory, a heightened ability to multitask, and better listening skills. They ask informed questions about the distinctions between cultures and the differences that can be obstacles to understanding.

Employers value those skills and others that enhance your capacity to work with people. The study of another language and culture helps you develop your ability to analyze and synthesize information, to communicate clearly, to adapt to new environments, and to embrace a variety of perspectives.

Carry your abilities forward

In today’s global society, gaining solid skills in French or Italian can help you advance a career in a great variety of fields. It also prepares you for the prospect of graduate or professional school. Our graduates have found success in such jobs as book editor, Google Translate developer, graphic designer, high school or college language teacher, business consultant, lawyer, and more.

According to a recent article in Business Insider:

  • Italian language majors earn an average mid-career salary of $87,500 a year
  • French language majors earn an average mid-career salary of $80,200 a year

Some of our graduates spend the first year after receiving their B.A. degree in France with the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) or in Lombary, Italy, with the Study Intercultural Training Experience (SITE) program. They teach English and develop their own language fluency while immersing themselves in these rich cultural settings.

Alumni spotlight: Michael Anthony

 

For Michael Anthony (B.A. '90, French), food is so much more than sustenance. It's art. It's style. It's an expression of who he is. View video transcript.

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