Career Resources

Career Diversity & Development

As part of our continuing dedication to providing students with the best resources to pursue their desired career paths, the Department is pleased to work with the American Historical Association (AHA) in its promotion of career diversity. In addition to taking part in several of the AHA Career Diversity Faculty Institutes, the Department has utilized AHA grant money to compile better resources and contacts for its graduate students, as well as organizing an ongoing series of career-focused workshops and lectures. The Department’s engagement with the AHA follows years of working closely with on-campus resources, such as the Center for Career Development (CCD) and the Graduate School. Students will find a list of useful resources below.

 

 

Consult data compiled by the AHA to gain a better understanding of the many paths that can be pursued with a History PhD. A useful database titled “Where Historians Work” can be found here.

Explore various careers and opportunities with these useful websites:

 

Grow your network to gain more information about an intended career, or discovering a new one. While furthering one’s employment opportunities can occur through people you already know, it also is important to broaden one’s network and make new contacts. The following contains a list of resources and networking tips to make your next professional encounter an easier one:

 

Build skills – no matter whether to complete a dissertation or to bolster one’s public speaking – to more confidently express your research, ideas, and career aspirations. The AHA has identified five important  skills for career diversity and traditional academic positions. The list includes: communication, collaboration, digital literacy, quantitative literacy, and intellectual self-confidence. The following resources cover a broad range of skills that can help one take their first step toward a dream job, or seal the deal:

 

Navigate the job search, although seemingly intimidating, is easier than ever thanks to the internet and social media. In addition to utilizing your personal network, the following links not only feature compilations of job announcements, but also suggestions for how to best highlight your skillset and experience:

Current job academic job postings:

Other job search tools:

  • Non-profit job listings: Idealist
  • Job listings via Hired
  • Company reviews and position details provided by Glassdoor
  • Rankings and reviews of various companies via Vault
  • Positions within the federal government listed on USAJobs

CVs and resumes:

 

Want more? Check out these links for more tips and tricks: