General Information:

  • An undergraduate degree in history is good preparation for graduate study in history as well as other areas such as psychology, law or business.
  • Research the prerequisites of the area of interest and tailor program of study to meet curricular and skill needs.
  • Part-time, summer, internship and volunteer experiences are critical.
  • Develop skills by obtaining a leadership role in a school or community organization.
  • Get involved in Student Government.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to history, politics or government.
  • Become familiar with the government application process for opportunities in federal, state or local government.
  • Prepare to develop a specialty area including both academic training and work experience for history related careers.
  • Develop patience, persistence and drive in obtaining history related positions.
  • For careers in politics, be prepared to volunteer extensively before being hired or elected as an employee or official. Begin by working with the campaign or official of choice while in college.
  • For careers in arts and humanities, obtain a broad liberal arts background including knowledge of the arts, personal and mass communication and foreign languages.
  • Join related social and/or professional organizations.
  • Develop a network of both formal and informal contacts.
  • Research websites and books that address various job opportunities, pay structure and hiring processes.

Prepared by the Career Planning staff of Career Services at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. (2005) UTK is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA Employer.


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