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Careers

What will I learn?

A degree in History can equip you with:

  • Knowledge of a broad spectrum of historical events and trends
  • Understanding of how historians study the past
  • Knowledge of how political, social, economic, and cultural change occurs
  • Understanding of the relationship between history and current events
  • Oral and written communication to communicate ideas through writing and present research to a group
  • Analytical skills to make judgements based on available historical evidence
  • Research skills to synthesize large amounts of material and identify relevant information
  • Attention to detail to analyze texts and historical arguments
  • Problem solving to develop systematic procedures for investigating a problem
  • Resource and time management

Employment Opportunities for Current Students

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is an employment program for current students. It offers the opportunity to improve their skills while acquiring practical knowledge in the heritage field. Full-time positions last from six to 16 weeks and vary from full to part time. Many organizations in Kingston offer student-jobs through this program. 

Kingston Area Summer Jobs

Each year, local businesses and organizations offer a variety of summer student positions that are often of interest to History students. 

Currently Hiring:

  • Check CareerQ for Queen's student opportunities! 
  • Queen's Centre for Teaching and Learning: Educational Technology Student Team
    • Description: You will be part of a team that will provide technical assistance and instruction, captioning, and support to Faculty, Adjuncts, and Teaching Fellows as they develop their courses. You will receive one week of intensive training in various technologies, emphasizing two new technologies launching this summer at Queen's: Ventus and Panopto. 
    • Position starts August 29th with one week of full-time training. From September 5th the hours will be 10 hours/week (flexible) through the fall and winter terms. The hourly pay rate will be $20/hour. 
    • To apply: Send a resume and cover letter to CTL@queensu.ca by 4:00PM on Friday, August 12th. 

 

What can you do with a History degree?

The Canadian Historical Association maintains a blog that profiles the career paths of real people with History degrees. Visit their website to learn about careers such as:

  • Immigrant and Refugee Lawyer
  • Director of Research for a University
  • Canadian Forces Operations Analyst
  • International Relations Advisor
  • Reporter for CBC News
  • Hip-Hop Artist and Public Speaker

Visit the American Historical Association’s website to learn more about the following professions:

  • Historians in Classrooms: Schools, Colleges, and Universities
  • Historians in Museums
  • Historians in Editing and Publishing
  • Historians in Archives
  • Historians in Historic Preservation
  • Historians in Federal, State, and Local History
  • Historians as Consultants and Contractors

Listen to the Department of History's Alumni Archives podcast to hear from real Queen's History grads! Interviewees' careers include:

  • Museum Manager
  • Historian at Parks Canada
  • Management Consulting

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