Questions for German Career Panel

QUESTIONS SUBMITTED FOR THE GERMAN CAREER PANEL

  • QUESTION 1
    • As a student in the Chicago area, I find it often hard to use my German outside of class, as Spanish and English are the two languages I hear the most in the Chicago area and on my campus. For those alumni who live and work in environments where German is not widely spoken, how do you continuously use your German, and what tips do you have for continuing to do so?
      • Billy Kobin, Journalism and German, June 2018
  • QUESTION 2
    • Is it possible to learn German well enough so that people don't always just answer in English?
      • John Paluch, German Instructor
  • QUESTION 3
    • How have you kept your German skills up since graduating?
      • Elizabeth McTighe, Mechanical Engineering, Manufacturing and Design Engineering and German, June 2017
  • QUESTION 4
    • What are the most memorable resources at Northwestern in addition to taking classes that helped you practice your German language skills?
      • Ola Kalinowska, Mechanical Engineering, June 2021
  • QUESTION 5
    • If you were to take a gap year between graduation and getting a job, what opportunities are there in German to further my language skills?
      • Andrew Cramer, Neuroscience and German, June 2017
  • QUESTION 6
    • If you were to take a gap year between graduation and getting a job, what opportunities are there in German to further my language skills?
      • Andrew Cramer, Neuroscience and German, June 2017
  • QUESTION 7
    • How different are career opportunities for Americans in Germany compared to the U.S.?
      • Kyle Austin, Economics and German, June 2018
  • QUESTION 8
    • Did you get your degree in Business German (as opposed to literature), did you find it helpful?
      • Hannah Carroll, Vocal Performance, Economics and German, June 2017
  • QUESTION 9
    • Did you continue studying or practicing German in some way after graduating from NU?
      • Anonymous, Biology and German Major, June 2019
  • QUESTION 10
    • What are the differences between working in a German firm in the States and working in an American firm in Germany?
      • Gyz Belkaya, Economics major, Business German Minor, June 2019
  • QUESTION 11
    • In what ways have you used your knowledge of German in your life or career after graduation?
      • Olivia Reese, Pre med neuroscience, June 2020
  • QUESTION 12
    • Did anyone start from the ground up at northwestern with German or did you all have some sort of German background before studying it??
      • Gibran Wirjawan, Physics and Music , June 2020
  • QUESTION 13
    • Are there benefits to learning German at Northwestern even if you don't see yourself using it in your future professional career?
      • Drake Wilson, Journalism, June 2020
  • QUESTION 14
    • What made you decide to focus on German at Northwestern? Did you want to study it before coming here, or did you only develop an interest after taking classes?
      • Lauren Anderson Justice, Linguistics/Legal Studies, June 2019
  • QUESTION 15
    • Has German helped you communicate in countries outside of Europe? Are there jobs in business available right out of college for German speakers?
      • Brendan O'Rorke, Economics, June 2018
  • QUESTION 16
    • What posibilites did you have after graduation to continue using and practicing your German?
      • John Ler, Secondary Education, History, Gemran minor, June 202018
  • QUESTION 17
    • In what ways was German helpful to start your career?
      • Emily Lewis , Economics, June 2019
  • QUESTION 18
    • If you could study again at Northwestern, what, if anything would you do differently?
      • Anonymous
  • QUESTION 19
    • What is the most interesting person you have met / the most interesting contact you have made on account of knowing German?
      • Rachel Orenstein, Materials Science and Engineering, June 2020
  • QUESTION 20
    • Can you give us some concret steps on what to do if one wants to go (back) to Gemrany to work for a couple of years?
      • Anonymous