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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

History Skills & Knowledge

History Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the events, people, and ideas of the past and how they have shaped the world
  • Recognize the complexity of human experience, across cultures and time periods
  • Gather, evaluate and interpret sources, including texts, visual images, and digital sources
  • Evaluate and form arguments that draw on historical evidence and argument
  • Acquire ability to write clear, well organized  short reports and essays that synthesize evidence and arguments from many sources
  • Evaluate materials from the past with attention to perspective, context and meaning
  • Discuss and present arguments orally, in writing and in digital media
  • Collaborate with others to produce written documents, oral presentations and digital media that explore historical issues

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the History website for more resources 

Future Possibilities with an History

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.  

  • Local History Interpreter in Museum Sector
  • Buyer in Crown Corporation
  • Junior Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • Technology Facilitator in School Board
  • Connections Supervisor in Marketing
  • Financial Services Representative in Banking and Financial Services
  • Collections Technician in Museum Sector
  • Contributing Writer in Media and News
  • Communications Coordinator in Federal Government
  • Associate in Law Firm
  • Library Technician in Post-Secondary
  • Senior Planning and Reporting Officer in Federal Government
  • Director of Communications in Non-Profit
  • Correctional Manager in Federal Government
  • Administrative Officer in Federal Government

  • Marketing
  • Program Development
  • Consulting
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Communications
  • Financial Services
  • Procurement
  • Government Administration
  • Events Management
  • Communications
  • Policy Analysis or Development
  • Instructional Design

  • Marketing Director
  • Lawyer
  • Training and Outreach Consultant
  • Business Development Manager
  • Military Archivist
  • Content Strategist
  • Corporate Archivist
  • Web Services Librarian
  • Case Research Officer
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Culture Coordinator
  • Elementary or High School teacher
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Communications Advisor
  • Program Coordinator
  • Historical Researcher
  • Curriculum and Instructional Design Specialist
  • Historical or Museum Interpreter
  • Speech Writer
  • Reference Librarian

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network