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Transferrable 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.

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