One great resource to explore career fields in your major is the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network. Alumni are glad to speak with you about their careers. Try searching by major (History) or by career field and see what some alumni are doing. Here are examples of career destinations of alumni History majors:
Research Analyst, Independent Colleges of Washington
Program Specialist, Global Institute for Student Aspirations
News Assignment Editor, KUSA 9 News
Humanities Teacher, Campbell Hall
Teaching Assistant, University of Marburg
Research Potential Careers
Research will give you confidence in your career choice and provide you with the competitive edge when job searching. Career and Employment Services has numerous materials to help you in this process.
Check out some of the titles in the Career Resource Library in Howarth 101:
- Great Jobs for History Majors
- Careers in Government
- A Guide to Careers in Community Development
- The History Internship Book
One of the most powerful tools for investigating career options is informational interviewing. Informational interviewing provides the means to meet people in the career fields which interest you. To find people to interview start with those people you know and list your natural network of contacts:
- Family and their Friends
- Friends and their Family
- Volunteer affiliations such as clubs, church, and community organizations
- Puget Sound Alumni
- Professionals in the Community
You will gain valuable information to help in deciding your major and possible career path. Also, you will begin to develop networking contacts for your future job search. Since only about 10 percent of existing jobs are filled through want ads, learning to network is a critical skill for a successful career search. At CES we can help you hone your networking skills.
Investigate Internship Possibilities
Below are some examples of the internship possibilities listed in Career and Employment Services. See the internship coordinator to learn howinternships may be linked to your academic program for credit.
Washington State Historical Society
Education and Public Program Intern
Whitman Mission National Historic Site
Park Historic Guide Intern
Fund Raising Intern
Historic Seattle Preservation and Development Authority National Archives Pacific Alaska Region
Historic Records Intern
Job Search Tools
There are numerous tools available to aide you in finding a job, both on the internet and in Career and Employment Services. With Career andEmployment Services behind you, you've got the tools you need when it comes to looking for a job.