Step 1: Think about your skills
The first step in thinking about your career path is to understand the many "transferable" and marketable skills you will gain from a history major. Learn more about Liberal Education and transferable skills.
In particular, History majors cultivate the following skills:
- Critical reading
- Writing and presenting information persuasively and so that people can understand it
- Research and analysis of information
- Making sense out of a vast amount of data
- Seeing flaws in arguments
- Making keen observations, solving problems and making decisions based on evidence
Step II: Think through the broad range of things you can do with a history majors.
Some students want a job directly related to history.This could be:
- Teacher at the secondary or post secondary level
- Museum professional
- Archivist (this usually requires a masters degree)
- Interpreter or cultural resource manager with agencies like the National Park Service (these are called public history jobs)
For a thorough discussion of jobs directly related to history, including those requiring graduate school, visit the American Historical Association (AHA) site http://www.historians.org/pubs/careers/index.htm
Other students use history as preparation for graduate school.History is a particularly good major for:
- Law school
- Public administration
- Library Science
Still other students apply the skills they have learned in a history major to a non-history related field. In some cases these require more schooling or other experience.
For a great list of potential job titles and steps you can take to prepare yourself for these jobs see the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's "What Can I do with this major"
Step III: See what UW-Eau Claire graduates have done
Check out the History department Newsletters: http://www.uwec.edu/History/news/index.htm
Sample entry-level jobs held by UW – Eau Claire History graduates:
- Research Assistant, American Transport Research, Roseville, MN
- Small Exhibit Coordinator, Chippewa Valley Museum, Eau Claire, WI
- Recruiter, Davinci Search, Minneapolis, MN
- Continued Education, Law Student, University of Utah
- Social Studies Teacher, Maple Grove School District, Maple Grove, MN
- District Executive, Boy Scouts of America, Rice Lake, WI
Step IV: Research the jobs that sound interesting
The Career Discovery Center, Schofield 230, has lots of books.
There are many web-sites with great information:
- The Federal Government jobs web-site http://www.onetonline.org/ is particularly good.
- WISCareers gives information related to Wisconsin: http://wiscareers.wisc.edu/Default.asp
- ISEEK http://www.iseek.org/careers/index.html has information related to Minnesota
Step V: Informational interviewing
After researching some of these jobs on-line or in the Career Discovery Center, begin informational interviewing. You can contact people who are willing to be interviewed through Blugold CareerNetwork.This site also will give you tips for doing the interviews and sample questions.