Aaron Sperl '15
What have you been doing since graduating from St. Thomas?
After graduating from St. Thomas with a marketing degree, I worked in marketing for a small distributor of industrial supplies called MTE Solutions. Since July of 2017, I have been working in marketing and business development for the tool-holding manufacturer Command Tooling Systems in Ramsey, Minnesota.
Why did you decide to major/minor in German?
I decided to study German after spending a year abroad in Paderborn, Germany. The German language and culture fascinated me during my time there, and once I returned to the U.S., I knew I wanted to continue learning German.
How has knowing German benefited you personally and professionally?
I have had to translate several documents from German into English including a product user manual from our German parent company EWS Tool Technologies. Knowing German was also a big reason why I was able to get my current job. German pays off!
Are you involved with German/Germans, the German community professionally or personally? Do you use German or your intercultural skills?
I am involved with German professionally as well as personally. My boss is German, as is our parent company. Personally, I am still in contact with friends I met while I was in Germany. I also try to stay involved in the local German community through the Germanic American Institute.
What advice would you give to incoming or current students who are considering majoring or minoring in German or in a language for that matter?
Choosing to learn a language is always a great decision. Not only will it help your future career in an increasingly global job market, it will also open up a whole new world for you to experience. Whatever language you choose to study, immerse yourself in it as much as you can. The more you put into learning a language the more you will get out of it.