Multilingual Technical Analyst that develops projects to streamline processes and to improve operational efficiency.
The most challenging part about majoring in a foreign language is simply learning the language and hitting a fluency level that will qualify you for jobs after you graduate. First, I would strongly recommend studying abroad for a minimum of one year in a French-speaking country. While you can learn the basics of grammar and a little bit of French literature and culture, if you want to truly learn the language and understand the culture, immersion through a study abroad program is the way to go. I learned more from one year of studying abroad than I did in my entire college and high school education combined. By the end, I could speak the language in more than just an academic environment, understood the culture, and gained a high-level of confidence with the language. Second, if you're majoring in a language, you may want to consider double-majoring in something like International Business, International Law, a technology-related field, etc. Language skills are a HUGE plus in today's job market, but they're not as powerful if you don't have the relevant education or job experience to back it up. It is possible to get a job where they'll teach you the skills, but it's harder.
A couple of things to keep in mind if you want to major in French:
- The tech industry is always in need of people fluent in major languages - If you're willing to work and learn, you'll rocket up the ladder.
- The most difficult thing you'll run into besides actually achieving professional fluency is probably taking Gen. Ed courses that you have no interest in or taking courses like French literature if you're only interested in the practical reasons for learning a language.
Last updated Oct 06 '17 at 18:10
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