History is about change and continuity over time and space. Historians gain an understanding of c omplex cause-and-effect relationships by gathering, organizing and evaluating historical sources from a variety of academic perspectives.
Verbal communication: Deliver presentations, mediate in disputes and conflicts; listen objectively, compare and contrast ideas and information
Written communication: Explaining ideas, writing and presenting information; compiling carefully reasoned reports and essays
Synthesis of information: Synthesize a large amount of information and draw conclusions based on that information, thorough, precise and attentive to detail, reading comprehension
Research: Interdisciplinary methodology and perspective, conduct and explain research clearly, forecast possible future trends
Organization: Carry out tasks with thoroughness, precision, and attention to detail, meet deadlines, manage projects
Degree specific: History of various geographical areas and time periods as well as geographical areas and time periods, understand and interpret the past and the influence of "perspective" on facts
Historical knowledge: Appreciation and awareness of cultural differences, exposure to different cultural environments, an appreciation and awareness of cultural difference through the influence of different historical factors
Analysis and evaluation: Understand the sense of "sequence" and interrelationship between events, evaluate historical data, critical and analytical thinking
Problem solving: Develop systematic procedures for investigating a problem, making sound judgments based on research and analysis of data, approaching topics and problems from various perspectives; analyzing multiple dimensions of a problem; identifying problems and developing solutions; decision-making skills through logical reasoning
Computer skills: Word processing
Keen, critical eye: Assess the validity of sources and the impact of bias on our perception of past events
Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo
Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development. These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work. Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.
Clubs on Campus: History Club