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Modern Languages and Literatures

Jane-Elise Ryer

● What steps did you take at Lake Forest College to prepare for your career?

I took a class on French for International Affairs and Business. When I took the class I didn’t realize that it would be so helpful for my post-collegiate life. Even though the class focused on the French workplace, I still gained experience in writing resumes (CV), interviewing and marketing myself.

Another step I started in college was to asked as many people as possible to look over my resume. There are so many little things that can make or break a resume, so it is important to have as many opinions as possible.

● What would you recommend Lake Forest College students considering a career in your field do to prepare? 

For someone who has an interest in Digital Marketing, I would recommend subscribing to email chains; just to spot the tactics used in different campaigns. Also for current students, I would recommend honing their writing skills. Being able to write in an effective manner is crucial. For any field a student is interested in pursuing, it is imperative to network. The Speed Networking event by the Career Center is good place to start practicing.

● How did the Department of Modern Languages, other department, Career Advancement Center and/or the Forester community give you an edge on taking your first steps after graduation?

Lake Forest College Alumni are very open to helping recent grads. When I finished college, I reached out to a lot people in the LFC community who looked over my resume, discussed career possibilities, and just supported me as I started career. It was a lot of small things, but it really added up.

How did you choose your area of study?

I came to college with an interest in International Relations and French. My sophomore year I took a class in International Politics, and that confirmed my decision to major in International Relations. I decided to minor in French after I took a French Cinema class. Not only did it improve my French, but I was able to learn about a subject that rounded me out as a person.