Five Reasons to Study Italian
Italian degrees don't simply have to be an education in the language; you can, if you so wish, learn about the country's culture, history, politics, and any number of other aspects. If you're still thinking "Why should I study an Italian degree?", check out our five reasons to do so:
1. A second language makes you more desirable to employers
The graduate job market is competitive; this is no secret. However, something else that isn't a secret is that the ability to speak a second language will make you significantly more attractive to prospective employers. Even if you don't decide to up sticks and move to Italy, having proficiency in Italian will make your CV stand out to companies in the UK and further afield.
2. You'll pick up a wide range of transferable skills
As fascinating and useful as an Italian degree can be, you may still graduate and decide that you don't wish to pursue a career that's directly related to the discipline. Fortunately, studying the subject wont just teach you about the Italian language and culture – it will also give you an impressive selection of skills that will come in handy in a number of professions.
Research, presentation, an understanding of different cultures, communication and, of course, a second language, are just a selection of the skills that you'll be able to confidently list on your CV having studied an Italian degree.
3. Italy is one of the world's major economic powers
According to most measurements of national GDP, Italy's economy is comfortably among the ten largest in the world. Among the companies with headquarters or offices in Italy are:
- Deutsche Bank
- Dolce & Gabbana
- The Walt Disney Company
This list is by no means comprehensive, but already exemplifies the range and prestige of companies that have a base in Italy. Interested? Perfect. A degree in Italian is your ticket to employment in the country.
4. You'll have the opportunity to study abroad
As with most courses that focus on a foreign language or culture (such as French, German or Middle Eastern & African Studies), students of Italian will have the opportunity to spend a period of their course studying abroad.
In fact, many universities will insist that you spend some time in an Italian speaking country as a mandatory aspect of the course. If you're keen on really building on your proficiency in Italian, spending an extended period of time immersed in the language and culture can only be seen as a good thing.
5. Italy is the origin of everything we hold dear
Ok, so perhaps we're being a bit liberal with our use of the word 'everything', but let's be honest – who doesn't love at least one of: pizza, pasta, risotto, parmesan cheese and ice cream? Trick question; no such person exists.
We can't make any guarantees regarding whether or not your university will provide food at some point during your course, but one thing's for sure: studying Italian is as good an excuse as any to indulge in the country's delicacies from time to time.
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