Culture-Driven Career Design

Studying a language prepares you to shape the future of our world.

The study of language and media trains what employers call “essential skills” or “power skills” – communication, creativity, empathy, cross-cultural competence, sustainable thinking, and situational agility. These are the habits of mind that allow our students to take on leadership roles in a variety of fields and to make an impact in the organizations they join. 

Our career design curriculum teaches students how to imagine and implement a long-term professional path that can contribute to one of today's major global conversation or challenges. We also teach students how to leverage their essential skills in the 21st century professional world to build meaningful relationships, develop communities, and create success in organizations. 

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"Innovative Career Course, Importance of Humanities" Georgia Tech Daily Digest

Career Design Courses

MS-GMC: GMC 6003: Career Portfolio

This course guides students through the process of career design and development. We explore the contemporary world of work and how the humanities can make an impact in a variety of fields. Students also learn how to use culture-driven career design to develop a long-term career trajectory that maximizes their strengths, aligns with their values and interests, and positions them for success. Students come away with a portfolio of targeted materials to position themselves for success on the job market, including resumes in English and the language of focus, samples of professional work, the development of a network, and the defense of their Final Project Prospectus. Required for MS-GMC, 2 credits.

MS-ALIS: SPAN 6503: Professional Portfolio

This course is taught in Spanish and guides students through the process of developing a professional portfolio in their target language. It includes intensive language development, workshopping of job materials, and discussions of the professional industries that utilize language expertise. Students come away with a portfolio of targeted materials to position themselves for success on the job market, including resumes in English and the language of focus, samples of professional work, the development of a network, and the defense of their Final Project (if applicable). Required for MS-ALIS, 3 credits.


Hands-on Humanities

Internship Courses

Graduate students can complete an internship for credit, either as an elective or as a final project. In order to count for credit, internships should involve substantive engagement with the skills taught in our program or with the student's target language. Students must produce a short analysis and background research and meet their faculty advisor 4 times in order to receive credit. Read more about our internship process

ML 8801: Building Community: Culture, Identity, Diversity, Inclusion 

This project-based course introduces students to major frameworks and best practices in cultural management and culture creation, including community-building, leadership, and diversity and inclusion. We examine approaches from psychology, sociology, organizational behavior identity studies, and cross-cultural communication. Students apply these methods to their professional projects as graduate research assistants and have opportunities to develop their projects, receive feedback, and propose new initiatives that can positively impact Georgia Tech.  Taught in English; required for all graduate research assistants. Co-taught by Modern Languages and Residential Life; 1 credit per semester.


Opportunities for Undergraduates 

GRMN 4301/6301: Global Career Lab auf Deutsch

The Global Career Lab is a unique program that combines advanced language immersion and career education. Students learn the basics of career design in an immersive classroom -- learning how to write their resume and cover letter, how to talk about humanities skills, how to interview, and how to network in their target language. The program also connects students with experts in business, science, and technology to show them how their skills are being used in a variety of professional settings. Global Career Lab has been offered as a summer bootcamp for freshmen, as a semester long speaker and workshop series, and in several 1-credit and 2-credit courses.  It has been piloted and developed by the German program, and has been generously funded by the Halle Foundation and the FIRE Grant (EVPR 2018). 

Recent Speakers: 

  • Erika Burk, Porsche USA
  • Josh Krisinger, Delta 
  • Jennifer Williams, Turner Media 
  • Patrick Wallace, Department of Education

ML 2801/8801: Career Design for Global Citizenship

Experts predict that 21st century professionals will have an average of 5-7 careers over their lifetime. This is a hands-on, project-based, collaborative course that responds to the changing world of work and prepares you to take ownership of your career trajectory. In this course, you will learn a culture-driven approach to career design, sharpen transferable “essential skills,” and work collaboratively to understand how culture impacts your chosen industry. You will identify your strengths, values, and interests; cultivate your professional network; and describe your abilities in a variety of professional genres (from networking pitch to cover letter). You will also develop a Career Odyssey Starter Kit that positions you to launch a meaningful career.  Graduate students in this course can prepare for both academic and non-academic careers. Open to anyone with intermediate foreign language ability (BS, MS, PhD), 1-3 credits.

Career Counseling Services

Make an appointment with Dr. Jenny Strakovsky to receive individual feedback on resumes, cover letters, fellowship applications, and networking strategy. Dr. Strakovsky can also provide exploratory career advising, academic coaching, optimism/growth mindset advising, and GRA/internship advising.

Appointments are available to any Modern Languages minor, major, or graduate student and can be made using YouCanBookMe. Please email Dr. Strakovsky to obtain the link. 


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