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Modern Languages and Literatures

Jane-Elise Ryer

Class Year


Area(s) of Study

Major- International Relations; Minor- French and Islamic World Students


Baton Rouge, Lousiana


Cancer Center of Greater Baton Rouge, The Carter Center, US House of Representatives


Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellowship

Current Job

Senior Digital Strategist at Sapphire Strategies

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.

I think it is also important to network. The Speed Networking event hosted by the Career Center is good place to start practicing. I would also recommend reading How to Work a Room by Susan RoAne to learn how to effectively meet and talk to new people.

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?

Professor Hahn’s "French for International Affairs and Business" class was helpful with preparing my resume and practicing interviewing while I was in college.

The Lake Forest College community was a huge support when I settled in DC. After graduation, I reached out to a lot of people in the LFC alumni network who looked over my resume, discussed career possibilities, and just supported me as I started my 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.