Careers by Major - Historical Studies

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Each Careers by Major page provides lots of ideas on various career areas, as well as how to gain related skills and experience. Useful resources and job samples are also provided.

Table of Contents 

1. Sample Careers / Jobs
         1a. Sample Career Titles
         1b. Sample Job Listings
         1c. Sample Areas of Employment
2. Program-Related Skills
3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
4. Get Experience
         4a. On-Campus
         4b. Off-Campus
5. Useful Resources & Next Steps 

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1. Sample Careers / Jobs
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Below is a sample of the many types of careers and jobs pursued by graduates of this program.

1a. Sample Career Titles
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Note: This is not an exhaustive list. Detailed career profiles are available in the Career Centre. Some positions require further education and experience.

  • Acquisitions Editor
  • Advertising Copywriter
  • Advertising & Promotions Manager
  • Antique Dealer*
  • Archivist*
  • Arts Administrator*
  • Biographer
  • Border Services Officer
  • Career Development Professional
  • Chief Administrative Officer
  • Child and Youth Worker*
  • Civil Litigator*
  • Community Outreach Worker
  • Communications Specialist*
  • Conservator*
  • Consumer Credit Manager
  • Crime Prevention Coordinator
  • Cultural Tour Guide
  • Curator*
  • Customer Service Representative*
  • Customs Broker*
  • Demographer
  • Diversity Officer
  • Director of a Community Centre
  • Documentarian
  • Event Planner*
  • Exhibit Designer*
  • Financial Researcher*
  • Foreign Service Officer*
  • Fundraiser*
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Historian*
  • Historical Projects Coordinator
  • Tourism Consultant
  • Training Specialist
  • Immigration Officer*
  • Investment Advisor*
  • Insurance Underwriter*
  • Judicial Clerk
  • Lawyer*
  • Legal Assistant
  • Librarian*
  • Lobbyist*
  • Management Consultant*
  • Manager of Customer Relations
  • Manager of Volunteer Resources
  • Market Research Analyst*
  • Museum Technician*
  • Operations Manager
  • Paralegal*
  • Political Aide*
  • Post-Secondary Education Administrator*
  • Project Manager*
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst*
  • Public Relations Specialist*
  • Publishing Sales Representative
  • Radio/TV Research Assistant
  • Real Estate Agent*
  • Records Management Technician
  • Reporter*
  • Social Media Specialist
  • Social Policy Researcher
  • Sports Writer
  • Student Life / Residence Coordinator
  • Professor*
  • Teacher*
  • Technical Writer*
  • Title Searcher*

Classical Civilizations

  • Archaeologist*
  • Art Dealer*
  • Casting Director*
  • Computer Programmer*
  • Editor*
  • Lexicographer
  • Print Journalist*
  • Scriptwriter / Screenwriter
  • Set Designer*
  • Speech-Language Assistant
  • Stage Manager

History

  • Aboriginal Liaison
  • Conservation Officer
  • Genealogical Services Specialist
  • Interpretive Naturalist
  • Land Agent
  • Speech Writer
  • Sustainability Specialist

History of Religions

  • Curriculum Specialist*
  • Interfaith Minister
  • Media Analyst
  • Mediator* / Conflict Resolution Specialist
  • Religious Worker*
  • Settlement Worker
  • Writer*
  • Publisher*
  • Proofreader*

View these titles at Career Cruising, available on CLN under the Resources tab.

1b. Sample Job Listings
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Below is a sample of delisted positions that have been posted on UofT's Career Learning Network (CLN). To access current listings, login to CLN and click on Jobs

  • Historical Interpreter, Parks, Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto
  • Coordinator, Public Affairs, Toronto International Film Festival
  • Municipal Affairs Reporter, NRU Publishing
  • Customer Care Representative, Ministry of Government & Consumer Services
  • Student Exhibition Coordinator, Blackwood Gallery, UTM
  • Coordinator - Volunteerism & Diversity, Toronto and Region Conservation
  • Museum Curator, Dartmouth Heritage Museum
  • Researcher, The History Group
  • Technician - Greek & Roman Collections, Royal Ontario Museum
  • Editor, Popular Book Company
  • Historical Researcher, Public History Inc.
  • Gallery Attendant, Oakville Galleries
  • Research Assistant (Archival), Department of Historical Studies, UTM
  • Toronto Public Library - Volunteer Tutor, Toronto Public Library
  • Collection and Information Assistant, Multicultural History Society of Ontario

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  • Museums and art galleries
  • Universities and colleges
  • Boards of education
  • Casting agencies
  • Public relation firms
  • Shelters, drop-in centres, and community centres
  • Exhibit design companies
  • Science centres
  • Parks, nature centres and world heritage sites
  • Preservation boards and historical societies
  • Financial institutions
  • Publishing houses
  • Production companies
  • Newspapers and magazines
  • Cultural organizations
  • Advertising companies
  • Government and legal agencies
  • Government, private and religious archives
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Inter-religious dialogue organizations
  • Self-employed/freelance
  • Mediation firms

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2. Program-Related Skills
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Academic courses in this program provide opportunities to develop the following types of skills. Make a Career Counselling or an Employment Advising appointment to discuss how you can demonstrate these skills to employers.

Communication Skills

  • Understanding of history and development as it applies to nations/ groups of people
  • Understanding of cultural diversity
  • Ability to formulate and defend positions
  • Ability to mediate in disputes and conflicts
  • Ability to listen objectively
  • Write detailed research papers
  • Summarize concepts and ideas
  • Adapt vocabulary to suit a wide variety of audiences
  • Read and understand primary sources
  • Oral presentation skills
  • Ability to adapt in cross-cultural settings

Problem Solving Skills

  • Decision-making
  • Reason logically
  • Critical thinking

Organizational Skills

  • Manage multiple priorities during peak times during the academic year
  • Application of theoretical knowledge in practical settings (e.g., via internships)

Research Skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Critical analytical skills
  • Examining evidence
  • Editing skills
  • Evaluate ideas and research
  • Gather information and data
  • Literature reviews using libraries and internetInterpret research and data

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3. Explore Careers & Build Networks
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Career Exploration 101

Take our 15 minute online module and attend the Career Exploration Part 2 in-person workshop to gain access to UTM's three career exploration programs:

Alumni Profiles

Check out our Alumni Profiles page with submissions from UTM grads to find out how their experiences have affected their career direction.

Events

Attending networking events, employer info sessions, and career fairs is a great way to meet professionals and learn more about careers, companies, and industries. Login to CLN and click on Events & Workshops to see what's coming up.

Talk to Professors

Connecting with your professors can be a great way to explore the different paths a major can lead you to, as well as learn about possible opportunities for research, volunteering, or becoming a TA. Drop by during their office hours or request an appointment.

Student Organizations

Join a student club or an academic society at UTM to meet like-minded people, explore your interests, and make valuable connections. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement. Some organizations you may consider are:

  • Historical Studies Society at UTM
  • UTM Women's Centre
  • Debating Club at UTM
  • Political Science & Pre-Law Association
  • UTM Global Brigades

LinkedIn

Create a LinkedIn profile to connect with professionals in the fields, explore the career paths of UTM alumni, research employers, apply for specific positions, and more. Need help? Come into the Career Centre to book a LinkedIn profile critique.

Professional Associations

There are many benefits of becoming a member of association(s), such as developing a network of contacts, learning about industry trends, accessing industry-related job postings, and stating your affiliation on your resume. Some associations related to this major are:

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4. Get Experience
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Get some experience and exposure to the industry while being a student. This will increase your chances of finding a job after graduation, while helping you decide what area might be most suitable for you.

4a. On-Campus
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Experience 101 Handout

Check out the Experience 101 handout to view a list of some of the ways you can get valuable experience on campus.

Work Study Positions

The work study program provides eligible students with an opportunity to work on campus during the academic year and gain experience. Many departments use this program to hire UTM students during the Fall/Winter and Summer terms.

Part Time and Volunteer Positions

  • Attend the annual Get Experience Fair 
  • Check out our binder with detailed information on volunteer opportunities; available in the Career Centre
  • Learn about the Co-Curricular Record (CCR), which can help you find opportunities beyond the classroom and have your skills and experiences captured on an official document; go to the co-curricular database to find out how you can get involved

Student Organizations

Joining any student club or academic society at UTM is a great way to gain valuable skills and expand your resume. To view a list of current clubs and societies, visit the Centre for Student Engagement.

4b. Off-Campus
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Internships, Summer, Part Time and Volunteer Positions 

Full Time

  • Networking is an essential element of job search today, as most jobs are not advertised. While you should still apply for positions you find online, building relationships with professionals is a proven way to access the "hidden job market" with some of the most desirable opportunities. Attend the "Learn to Network" workshop to discover proven techniques to effectively introduce yourself and make contacts.
  • Login to CLN and click on Jobs to access current postings advertised to graduating students and recent UofT grads. Note: You must attend the "Now That I'm Graduating, What's Next?" workshop to gain access to these postings.
  • Attend the annual Get Hired: Summer and Full-Time Jobs Fair
  • Check out our list of industry-specific job boards

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5. Useful Resources & Next Steps
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Career Centre Library Resources

The Career Centre resource library contains information about a wide range of occupations in all industries, resume and cover letter resources, effective work search methods, graduate/professional school preparation guides, and more.

Appointments

Career Planning by Year

Visit our Career Planning by Year page for ideas of important career related activities for each year. You can visit us in the Career Centre to find out more about career areas that interest you.

Additional Web Resources


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Updated March 2017