What would I list as Beowulf's related experience, education, projects, honors/awards, and skills on his resume?

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shake99 | Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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What Beowulf would include on his resume would depend on when he was making it. When he defeats Grendel and Grendel's mother he has not yet become King of the Geats, so he couldn't include that position and all of the skills and natural abilities that it requires. 

Assuming that we were making a resume for Beowulf after he became king, but before he was killed by the dragon, we would want to make sure to highlight his ability to inspire others. A successful monarch, like any other successful leader (in business, politics, sports, etc.) has to have the ability to find good people whose skills and abilities match their positions. Then they have to motivate/inspire those people to want to do a good job. 

Everybody already knows what a fearsome warrior Beowulf is. He is famous for that. But his resume should stress the successes of his kingdom under his leadership. 

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Don't forget too, that he is the son of a worthy man and has learned from the very beginning all the lessons which go with his place in society.  He would have learned horsemanship, sailing, swordsmanship, perhaps how to use a bow and arrow.  He would also have lessons in managing and leading large groups of men as the future would most definitely hold a time for him to lead them into battle...like with Grendel, Grendel's mom and the dragon. 

This sounds like a fun assignment.  As long as whatever you put makes sense, seems like you might even be able to fabricate a little.  Have some fun with it...for instance, Beowulf took classes in how to handle all the adoring female fans he would later have, etc.

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merehughes | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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You could list his training as a warrior in his own country. There is no concrete evidence for this but we do know that he was well known as a warrior and hero before he came to help Hrothgar.  If you wanted to get really creative and modern, you could list such things as 'saving damsels in distress 101' or 'rescuing people from fire breathing dragons 101' something in those lines would fit into a fictional education and training for Beowulf.

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teacherscribe | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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A very interesting question.  In the past Beowulf has defeated many kinds of monsters, in fact eliminating some from the face of the earth.  He has defeated giants and sea monsters.  He bested his friend, Brecca, in a swimming contest.  While Unferth seems to try and discredit Beowulf, we learn that Beowulf is fiercely loyal to his lord and men.  He also personifies the heroic code, mainly that of bravery, loyalty, and generosity.  He too arrives at Hrothgar's kingdom to settle a former debt owed by his father to Hrothgar, who once bought his father's way out of a blood feud.  Of course, as the epic unfolds Beowulf adds the honors of killing Grendel and his mother to his resume.  Once that is done he returns home to become king.  So if that is where you are starting with the resume, I'd refer to all of the above accolades and accomplishments.

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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On a resume, they always ask what special skill and strengths a person has. You could list excellent hand-to-hand combat, skilled in verbal communications, decisive-sees actions through to completion, and a natural leader of men.

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  • Expert Swimmer
  • Hand to Hand Combat
  • Hold his breath under water for a long period of time.
  • Weaponry


  • Training as a warrior.
  • Defeated many monsters
  • Swim contest with his frie


  • Became a King / Hero.

Killing Grendel and his Mother