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he increasing growth of globalization and diversity is creating in-demand jobs for Spanish majors. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs in interpreting and translating will rise by 29% between 2014 and 2024. If you’re considering earning a Spanish degree, then read on to learn about some potential career choices in this field:

Spanish Interpreter

The job outlook for interpreters is fantastic, and this career typically requires a bachelor’s degree and short-term on-the-job training. Career opportunities in this field are growing much faster than the average, meaning that selecting Spanish as a major may promote your long-term job security. Interpreters work in environments like schools, courtrooms, conference centers and hospitals where they interpret another language into Spanish or the reverse.

Foreign Correspondent

If you have a love of travel and an interest in journalism, then you might consider a career as a foreign correspondent. These professionals inform the public about current events and news on local, national and international levels. Many foreign correspondents spend time in the field and have a fast-paced work environment where they report for television, radio, websites, newspapers or magazines.

Spanish Educator

A career as a Spanish educator can be an appealing choice for many students. These professionals work in education as college professors, Spanish instructors and school teachers. Some of the job duties that you may encounter in this field include teaching Spanish language fundamentals, developing a curriculum and grading coursework. Fluency in both verbal and written Spanish and English along with a thorough understanding of grammar and composition are essentials for Spanish educators. Additional training and education may be required.

GCU’s focus is providing students with a quality education that will support their career goals. If you’re interested in Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degree, then click the green Request More Information button at the top of this page or visit the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

References:

  • “Interpreters and Translators.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from: bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/interpreters-and-translators.htm
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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Sometimes, communicating is not easy. We’ve all been in a situation where we think we are communicating one thing, but it is perceived as something completely different by someone else.

When this happens, it can change the course of a conversation. What was once a positive interaction can quickly turn into a conflict that spirals out of control. So, how do we avoid this? Perception checking is a very valuable skill in communication. It brings clarity and understanding to relationships.

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By Jessi Farmer, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“New media” has become the all-encompassing term to describe the Internet and the interplay between technology, images and sound.

New media, like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and apps, provide interactive participation between media and its users anytime, anywhere on electronic devices. The influence of new media is well documented and currently unparalleled.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

We communicate with others on a daily basis, but do we actually understand what we are doing? Communication is much more than having a conversation with someone. It is how we go about it that matters.

As human beings, we do not always recognize the inconsistencies in our methods of communication. By taking the time to understand it, even just a small amount more, we can improve the effectiveness and appropriateness of how we communicate. Keep reading to learn more about the power of communication:

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By Jessi Farmer, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Where were you a year ago?

Take a minute and think about what you were doing. Who were you with? Perhaps you were on vacation or you were preparing for the upcoming school year.

One year ago today, I was recovering from a traumatic accident. I am only alive today because of my family’s fast action and the grace of God.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Coming into college, I did not know what to expect. I had an idea of what I wanted to study, but was still unsure about my future as a college student. However, that all changed when I stepped into my first communications course at GCU.

As I approach my last semester, I would like to reflect on some of my experiences at GCU, specifically as a communications major.

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

With a degree in communications from GCU, the possibilities are endless. As you learn about the key facets of contemporary communication, not only can you prepare for an exciting career, but you can also develop a foundation of skills that can help you to live a full and balanced life. Here are three reasons to consider earning a degree in communications:

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By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Communication is a valuable skill that relates to all aspects of life, and it is especially valuable in the workplace. Whether it be for selling a product, building relationships with customers or leading organizations, effective communicators are needed in every industry.

A communications major is skilled in constructing messages, and possesses knowledge about effective communication and contextual factors that influence individuals personally or as business professionals. They are capable of understanding diverse audiences and determining how to best communicate with them.

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By Collin Bro
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

You won’t find an algorithm that lays out the perfect moment for self-disclosure, but knowing when to reveal yourself is an excellent communication skill to have. Those who do this well are known to build relationships quicker than those who cannot break the monotonous chatter about sports and the weather.

However, knowing when to open up is never as easy as it seems. Too soon, and you could scare the other person away; too late, and you might never get the chance. Although a difficult task for some, knowing how to answer one of the most difficult questions involved in disclosing can help: When?

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