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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
July 3, 2015

Canadian Excellence

Career Information for History Majors

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some key skills and knowledge you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on History.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Research and interpret past and present events and forecast possible future trends
  • Appreciate, understand, compile, and apply diverse historical and cultural perspectives to a situation
  • Gather, synthesize and analyze historical and contemporary information
  • Identify precedents for policy development, decision making and strategic planning
  • Investigate regulatory guidelines and make recommendations for compliance and preservation
  • Authenticate materials, information, and data for the purpose of ensuring accuracy adn integrity
  • Interpret and compare historical and contemporary information (for example, demographics)
  • Produce well-researched material, integrating current and past interpretations and perspectives and develop effective presentation material to communicate information to various groups
  • Ensure accuracy of historical information when creating or editing published materials or displays

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative, and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to developeffective reports, presentations, and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning, and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand, and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and effectively plan/manage time, data, and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, and search for, identify, and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories, and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan, and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing tasks

See document below for a list of potential career options, employers, and websites for further information