So I Got a Degree in Spanish, Now What?

Yvette Scorse, left, and Lizette Castillo
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Yvette Scorse, left, and Lizette Castillo

Are you studying Spanish and wondering what to do with your degree after graduation?

If so, join us for a conversation with alumni from the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Room 207 of the J.B. Hunt Transport Center for Academic Excellence. Food will be provided.

The speakers, Yvette Scorse and Lizette Castillo, will address the opportunities that a language degree offers in a variety of different industries and job markets. They will also highlight career options for our majors and help you understand how a language degree is an asset.

Yvette Scorse is the communications director of Byte Back, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit providing free technology education and career training to unemployed adults. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish in 2007, graduating summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas.

In two years at Byte Back, she has elevated the organization's brand and innovative training, which is now earning national attention for helping people left out of the tech sector and into living-wage careers. Scorse leads branding, social media, website, blog, email marketing, print advertising and media engagement. She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Rainbow Youth Alliance, an LGBTQ youth organization based in Maryland.

Previously, she spent five years in Madrid, Spain, working as an English teacher. Scorse is passionate about social justice causes, helping people, and exploring culture, grammar and food far from home. 

Lizette Castillo studied Spanish at the University of Arkansas, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2011 and a master's degree in 2014.

Upon graduation she worked for K4 Solutions, a subcontractor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as a linguist. Most recently she is employed at the Fayetteville offices of Procter & Gamble while also pursuing an M.B.A. in the Walton College of Business. 

Contacts

Violeta Lorenzo, assistant professor
Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures
479-575-7083, violetal@uark.edu

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