"More than 80% of employers want the skills that humanities majors cultivate, like critical thinking, analytical reasoning, good written and oral communication skills."HART RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, 2015
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR DEGREE
Providing the Skills You Need: GNS courses, majors, and certificates prepare students for a variety of career opportunities. In addition to becoming fluent in new languages, our students learn to understand different cultures, think globally, develop written and oral communication skills, and improve critical thinking and analysis skills. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’s Job Outlook 2016 report, these are important skills employers look for in job applicants.
Become a Well-Rounded Job Candidate: Many of our majors and certificate students have another major—including majors in the science, engineering, and business. Our majors and certificates perfectly compliment these degree programs by building different skill sets that are valuable to all employers. Read about what alumni say about the value of studying a language at UW.
But Can I Get a Job with a GNS Major or Certificate? Students completing a GNS degree or certificate gain essential skills for careers in education, translation, tourism, international business and law, diplomatic and military service, and other exciting fields. Our students also go on to law school, medical school, and graduate school. However, the skills and knowledge learned in our programs can be applied to many more career paths. Read more about careers for foreign language students.
Building Skills Abroad
Taking advantage of study abroad opportunities only enhances our students’ marketability. Study abroad experiences demonstrate to future employers that you possess independence, cultural awareness, and language skills. Read more about UW student study abroad opportunities by going to studyabroad.wisc.edu.
Already studied abroad and can’t get enough? Consider applying for the International Internship Program (IIP). The program offers help through the whole process of finding global internship opportunities, applying for different positions, and then supports interns during and after their experience.
Additional Career Advising and Internships
CEC advisors help students explore majors and careers in a variety of ways. Each semester, the CEC hosts a variety of workshops to help students continue to explore their major and career options.
Center is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m
The Language Institute provides career advising related to foreign language studies. Contact Kaitlin Koehler, International Directions Advisor, for more information.
UW-Madison International Internships Program maintains a database of international internships and provides advising for such internships. They also have information about how to get course credit and funding for your internship. International Internship Spring Advising, located in 259 Bascom Hall.