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What kind of jobs I can apply for as a Languages major?

I'm majoring in English and German. My mother tongue is Spanish foreign-languages english college-major

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Angela D.’s Answer

Hello there!
I appreciate the follow-up. To become a professor, one must have at least a Master's degree (a two year degree after college graduation) or more, depending on if you wish to teach at the community college or two-year college level (master's degree needed) or four-year colleges/universities (Ed.D. or Ph.D. needed which can take 6+ years or more after college graduation, unless teaching as a lecturer or adjunct). Since you want to become a professor, a great idea is to tutor at the high school level to get a sense of teaching and also increase your fluency. Many English as a Second Language (ESL) course instructors would consider a Teaching Assistant/Tutor/Volunteer as well...in public schools for youth, at community centers for adults, and at community (two year) colleges. Your current school counselor may be able to provide you with some leads. You just need to put together a resume and seek these opportunities. Be brave!
As far as paying positions go, you may want to consider interpreter/translator and customer service in the short term. Note that both can be done online and remotely as well. Please don't discount the need for public school classroom teachers too. That can also be a jumping start to becoming a teacher of adults (professor). Best, Dr. B

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Angela D.’s Answer

Greetings! This is an important question. I've included a list of potential areas for careers, in no particular order and this is only a starting point. It depends on your interests. Being multilingual is a real asset, particularly in fields such as hospitality, customer service, teaching/education, medicine, and law enforcement. In researching these fields, keep in mind that qualifications will vary in terms of educational levels and experience. To get a general sense of the areas that you are interested in, you may want to consider an internship or a temporary lower level paying position to see if there is a fit. Please keep in mind though that each company is different and you may need to explore others as well. It also is helpful to phone or Skype meet with someone at their convenience within an organization of interest. You can explain to them that you are doing research and their viewpoint is valued. My recommendation is to keep the interview short, no longer than 10 minutes. If you need help with interview questions and how to set up an email request for an interview, please let us know. Wishing you the best, Dr. B

a) Interpreter/Translator
b) Editing/Technical Writing
c) Teaching/Education
d) Law Enforcement
e) Social Worker
f) Hospitality
g) Aviation such as Flight Attendant
h) Customer Service
i) Medical Fields
j) Marketing/Sales
k) Financial Areas such as Banking, Investing, etc.
l) Management

Angela D. recommends the following next steps:

Online Research
Phone/Online Interview
Internship or Short Term Temporary Employment
Thank you very much, it was very helpful. My dream is to be a professor of languages and maybe a linguist. I'm majoring in languages and I'm looking for a job that can help me to improve my fluency. Can you help me with some ideas? José Alberto G.
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