Though Turkish literature departments vary on some minor points, there are some essential conditions to get an education in literature. First and foremost, the student must be able to think analytically. Mastering this ability will also help master another important skill: interpretative capacity. Furthermore, while a literature student is expected to be prone to learning foreign languages, they are also required to have a passion for reading and an ability to analyze texts. Once equipped with these skills, the students are also expected to reach the level of being able to examine literary works. In addition to these academic skills, students are also expected to be open to learning different cultures and living together with people from different cultures as the texts that they encounter should be considered to be the representative of these other cultures.
Job opportunities for the graduates of literature departments are actually better than usually assumed. Teaching and academic career opportunities constitute the first and most common type for the literature graduates. Academic prospects also include many of the Departments of Middle Eastern and Near Eastern Studies in Europe and USA. Moreover, there are some natural job opportunities for them in such sectors as publishing, editing, and advertising, all of which are actually run by graduates of literature departments.