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  • Choose an additional academic area of study to supplement the modern language, preferably one that requires a high degree of technical skill. Most people with modern language competency apply it in a variety of career fields (e.g. business, education, journalism, law, etc.)
  • Choose which language and culture appeals to you most. Consider the level of modern language ability you will need to acquire for success in your career.
  • Possible languages to study: Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese. Some languages will offer more job opportunities than other languages in various industries or geographic locales.
  • Related courses to study include geography, history, civilization, foreign relations, international law, and world economics.
  • Travel to a foreign country or study abroad through our international exchange programs to develop your language skills and international/intercultural competency.
  • Study and practice your modern language skills by reading foreign newspapers, magazines, and books online.
  • Seek opportunities to interact with international students on our campus or members of our local community. Host international students, join relevant student organizations, and participate in international campus events.
  • Watch foreign movies and listen to foreign broadcasts to maintain your fluency.
  • Volunteer your language skills to churches, community organizations, and programs that work with people who speak your target language.
  • Correspond with someone from a foreign country.
  • Contact professional associations and read their publications to learn about job opportunities.
  • Research job postings on the Internet to get an idea of jobs in which knowledge of a modern language is useful.
  • Participate in summer programs, co-ops, and internships to improve your skills.
  • Network with others in the field to learn about job opportunities.
  • In general, international positions are competitive and difficult to obtain. Be very proactive in developing the skills and experiences international employers
  • Get your foot in the door in domestic positions because many international employers promote current employees into international ones.