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Career Exploration

Where will a degree in German, Scandinavian & Dutch take you?

Erica Tealey
Career Counselor

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Students who graduate with one of our degrees bring to their employers a wide range of new ideas and broad understanding that draws on experiences gained from engaging with other cultures. Our graduates enter a variety of professions because they have transferrable skills, from well-developed communication and critical thinking abilities to intercultural competences.

GSD majors have gone on to successful careers in international business, academics, nonprofit organizations, politics, government, publishing, the arts, research, and much more. Others have pursued graduate and professional degrees. A number of majors have received highly competitive Teaching Fulbrights in Germany and in Austria—a stepping stone to future career paths. Graduates of our department have become successful translators, foreign service officers, lawyers, and artists.

Students with degrees from other University of Minnesota colleges (such as the Carlson School of Business and College of Science and Engineering) who have minored in German, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian or Swedish match well with employers' need for specialists in these languages. Many studies show that exposure to different cultures is beneficial to career advancement, and bilingual or multilingual individuals get promoted faster to leading positions.

The CLA Career Services office provides information and advising about careers, including a page of career information for GSD students. We also have a career advisor, Erica Tealey, who holds regular office hours in Folwell Hall and can help you with your planning.