ERIC Number: ED187630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-7
Career Counselling the Graduate History Major.
Preston, Robert M.
Employment opportunities for history majors are discussed. The author contends that historians have been brainwashed into believing that they are fit only to be college professors. However, the practice of history academic setting (public history) involves management of industrial corporations, formulation of public policy, and the preservation of cultural resources. Sources of employment include government, business, museums, archives, libraries, newspapers, and broadcasting organizations. The need exists to articulate clearly to government and corporate leaders the value of an education in history. The historian should stress skills developed in history courses: the ability to know where to find information, to absorb large quantities of information quickly, to appreciate a variety of viewpoints, to communicate clearly, and to meet deadlines. One should also consider whether to major exclusively in history or to earn a master's degree in history and one in some other field such as archival work, conservation science, or business administration. The conclusion is that the history major must be flexible and creative in seeking a career. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Missouri Valley History Conference (Omaha, NE, March 7, 1980).