You are here

Translating Your Skills to Professional Resumes

This table illustrates how the skills acquired while studying Slavic languages and literatures translate into the professional world. For more job-seeking advice, see our Careers page.

Academic assignment

Career- relevant skills learned while doing the assignment

What you might put on your resume:

What you should put on your resume:

How these skills translate to the professional world

10-page paper on Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment





Class presentation

Analysis of complex texts

Creating evidence-based critical arguments

Library research

Response to and revision of work based on feedback from instructor & peers

Public speaking, leading discussion, Q & A  follow-up

  • Slavic L & L major
  • Studied 19th century Russian literature




  • Gave in-class presentations
  • Advanced writing skills
  • Able to conduct critical analysis of contradictory texts, extract key elements, identify discrepancies, collate in final report
  • Experience using databases, locating and evaluating print materials
  • Can incorporate criticism, conduct self-evaluation
  • Can meet multiple deadlines


  • Experience in facilitating group discussion
  • Knowledge of audiovisual presentation media

Advanced Russian, BCS, Czech, Polish

Study abroad

Community internships


Knowledge of critical world languages

Experiential learning

  •  Slavic major or minor
  • Bilingual in strategic and stronghold languages (US Department of Defense)
  • Intercultural competence with strong communication skills
  • Experience working with diverse communities in the US and abroad
  • Applied use of Slavic languages in public sector

Honors thesis

In-depth, original research carried out over several months, using print and electronic sources, and/or interviews, visual media

Strong working relationship with faculty advisor

Multiple revisions, evaluations of sources, methodologies

  • Thesis
  • Graduated with departmental honors
  • Recipient of highly selective invitation by department to engage in MA-level research project
  • Published research
  • Collaborative work with faculty
  • Advanced command of texts and materials in one or more Slavic languages
  • Can meet multiple deadlines with varied levels of supervision
  • Presentation of findings to public audience

Departmental activities

Participation in Russian Table, Slovene Table, Russian film nights, Maslenitsa, Polish Home events, Homecoming, writing for student magazine, Kolokol

  • Departmental clubs and activitities
  • Community service using target languages
  • Coordinated events with a diverse group of co-workers: peers, immigrant community, and faculty
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Welcome opportunities to extend learning beyond the traditional classroom