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Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • acquisitions editor
  • advertising and promotions manager
  • arts administrator
  • communications specialist
  • cultural tour guide
  • curator diversity officer
  • foreign service officer
  • fundraiser
  • immigration officer
  • journalist
  • lawyer
  • lobbyist
  • management consultant
  • market research analyst
  • political aide
  • postsecondary education administrator
  • project manager
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • publishing sales representative
  • social media specialist
  • social policy researcher
  • student life/residence coordinator
  • teacher
  • technical writer
  • tourism consultant
  • training specialist
  • underwriter

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • community development associations
  • educational institutions
  • financial institutions
  • government
  • heritage foundations
  • historical societies
  • insurance companies
  • legal services
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • municipalities
  • museums/archives/libraries
  • national parks    
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • publishing companies

Online Resources

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • career development coordinator
  • historical interpreter
  • project scanning assistant
  • technical recruiter
  • underwriting support specialist

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: History, Museum Studies, Applied Politics, Library and Information Science.
  • College program: Culture and Heritage Site Management, Human Resources, Early Childhood Development.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • journalist
  • marketing and advertising specialist
  • policy analyst
  • senior technical writer
  • teacher
  • youth employment counsellor

Develop Your Transferrable Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on History.

Functional Knowledge

  • Research and interpret past and present events and forecast possible future trends.
  • Understand, compile and apply diverse historical and cultural perspectives to a situation.
  • Gather, synthesize and analyze historical and contemporary information.
  • Identify precedents for policy development, decision making and strategic planning.
  • Interpret and compare historical and contemporary information (e.g., demographics).
  • Authenticate materials, information and data for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and integrity.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Produce well-researched material, integrating current and past interpretations and perspectives while ensuring accuracy of historical information.
  • Develop interesting and effective presentation material to communicate information to various groups using current technology.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.

Discover Career Opportunities

Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

  • acquisitions editor
  • advertising and promotions manager
  • arts administrator
  • communications specialist
  • cultural tour guide
  • curator
  • diversity officer
  • foreign service officer
  • fundraiser
  • immigration officer
  • lawyer
  • lobbyist
  • management consultant
  • market research analyst
  • museum administrator
  • political aide
  • project manager
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • researcher
  • sales representative
  • social media specialist
  • social policy researcher
  • technical writer
  • tourism consultant
  • training specialist
  • underwriter

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • chambers of commerce
  • community development associations
  • educational institutions
  • government
  • heritage foundations
  • historical societies
  • insurance companies
  • legal services
  • market research firms
  • media organizations
  • municipalities
  • museums/archives/libraries
  • national parks    
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • publishing companies

Online Resources

  • Canadian Museums Association
  • Canadian Historical Association
  • Canadian Heritage
  • Association of Canadian Archivists
  • Waterloo Historical Society
  • Canadian Society for Mesopotamian Studies
  • Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • client advisor
  • interpreter
  • special investigation desk staff
  • underwriting assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Historical Archaeology, Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Museum Studies, Osteoarchaeology, Classical Archaeology, Information Studies, Archives and Records Management.
  • College program: Human Resources, Museum Studies and Curatorship.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • archaeologist
  • claims advisor
  • field technician
  • law clerk
  • museum curator

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate knowledge of literature, myth, politics, philosophies and laws of the first civilizations including Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and Mesopotamia.
  • Gain an understanding of how philosophy, culture, history and the context of a time influence present and future culture, society, community relationships and social/political development.
  • Understand and examine the historical/cultural roots of modern social institutions and other cultural phenomena and make recommendations for future planning and development.
  • Research and identify the basis and development of artistic and literary styles.
  • Acquire skills to assess the accuracy of historical information, culture and context, and provide direction and input on the development and use of historical reference and materials.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Explain and communicate the development of key modern social and cultural changes and developments to others, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.