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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

To build your resume, please review Hiatt's sample resumes.

Internships

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The Brandeis Internship Exchange is a convenient online tool to find and share internship opportunities.

Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to search internships by major.

German Language and Literature

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
What to do with a degree in German Language and Literature
German Language and Literature Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

German Language and Literature is a section of the Department of German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literature.  It offers language instruction as well as a broad examination of the many aspects of the culture, past and present, of Germany, Austria, and parts of Switzerland.  Students of this section have gone on to graduate school in German literature to prepare for a career of teaching and research or to professional schools in law, medicine, or business, entered government work, or found employment with publishing companies or business firms with international connections.

Classroom language instruction is supplemented with regular German-speaking events; students are encouraged to study abroad; and the section participates in the program in European Cultural Studies.

The German Language and Literature Web site also contains resources from the department such as a News and Events section and information on studying abroad. 

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that German Language and Literature alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a German Language and Literature major at Brandeis.

German Language and Literature Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a German Language and Literature major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title  Industry
2011 Columbia University Grad Student Engineering
2009 Wells Fargo Mortgage Analyst Finance & Banking
2009 GlobusMedical Associate Product Manager Medical Devices
2009 Unbridled Rider Collegiate Programs Liaison Media
2008 Mission Community Market Media Manager Media
2008 University of Texas, Austin Grad Student Higher Education
2006 Futures Group, Int't Business Development Associate International
2006 Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Program Manager Health Care
 

What to Do with a Degree in German Language and Literature (.pdf)

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.

You may also wish to explore the career information related to degrees in international studies and the study of foreign languages.

 German Language and Literature Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources


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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success and the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills1

  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities

  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Knowledge

  • Communications
  • Geography
  • History and archaeology
  • Multiple languages
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample of Possible Occupations

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Advertising Manager
Journalist
Advertising Copywriter
Finance Director
Financial Planning Assoc
Lawyer
Archivist
Foreign Correspondent
Linguist
Auditor
Foreign Exchange Trader
Media Specialist
Public Health Administrator
Bilingual Educator
Foreign Service Specialist
Museum Curator
Foreign Social Worker
Musician
National Security Agent
Professor
Theme Designer
Interpreter
Scientific Linguist

Human Resources Director
Consultant
Intelligence Researcher
Overseas Plant Manager
Intelligence Specialist
Court Interpreter
International Account Manager
International Banking Officer
Cultural Officer
International Conference Planner
International Consultant
Pharmacist
International Trade Economist
Publishing Specialist
Translator
International Trade Specialist
Travel Writer
Teacher
UNESCO Official
Telecommunications Sales
Radio/TV Announcer
Writer
TESO/ESL Teacher


1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development