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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Preparing You For A Wide Variety of Careers

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'll 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 and 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.

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 that target diverse audiences.
  • The ability to develop effective 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.

Career Examples

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • advertising and promotions manager
  • director of communications
  • diversity officer
  • foreign service officer
  • lawyer
  • public policy advisor
  • historical site administrator
  • librarian
  • museum curator
  • politician
  • teacher

Laurier Grads Are Successful

Sample jobs within the first year after graduation:

  • career development coordinator
  • historical interpreter
  • project scanning assistant
  • technical recruiter
  • underwriting support specialist

Sample further education programs within the first year after graduation:

  • Master’s degrees: History, Museum Studies.
  • College programs: Culture and Heritage Site Management, Human Resource Management, Early Childhood Development.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.

Careers of alumni two-five years after graduation:

  • district account manager
  • marketing and advertising specialist
  • policy analyst
  • senior technical writer
  • teacher
  • youth employment counsellor

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