Posts Tagged ‘career advice’


Jobs for Historians

In Spotlight on November 21, 2017 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

The American Historical Association has given us the bad news about early career historians and the 2016-17 academic job market. Check out the blog post by Dylan Ruediger in AHA Today:


graph showing decline in AHA Job Ads vs. number of new PhDs in History

from AHA Today, Nov. 16, 2017,

The AHA will give a fuller contextualization of those numbers, as well as compare their data with that from the H-Net Job Guide, in their newsletter Perspectives on History after the start of the new year. What we do need to keep in mind is that history PhDs need to be thinking more broadly than what their own advisors are doing in their careers – and find a way to describe their skills in a way that would be useful for many different kinds of employers, not just in academia.



Career Advice For Recent Graduates

In Alerts on May 18, 2015 by Randolph Hollingsworth Tagged: ,

“Entering the Job Market with a BA in History” by Loren Collins

Loren Collins, a career advisor at Humboldt State University, has contributed a read-worthy post for AHA Today, a blog for the American Historical Association. He emphasized in his article that employers are looking for the very skills that our history undergraduates must be able to do in order to do well in our classes:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Making decisions/solving problems
  • Planning, organizing, and prioritizing
  • Obtaining and processing information
  • Analyzing quantitative data
  • Technical skills related to the job
  • Using computer software
  • Creating and editing written reports
  • Selling/influencing others

Collins recommends to recent graduates:

Know how to market your excellent education, explore where you want to put it to use, and talk to all the right employers before they ask for it.

It’s crucial that we tell our students that an undergraduate who earns a history degree has all the right skills demanded by employers for so many jobs. It is important that they know and understand that all the hard work they went through to get that degree was worth it – not just personally but as a potential employee!

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