Non-Teaching Careers in History

History alumni have pursued successful careers in business, law, teaching, government, museum work, and the non-profit sector. The College's Career Center, 123 Blow Memorial Hall, facilitates the career development process for undergraduates, whether through the assessment of career interests, help with job searches and résumé writing, or assistance with mock interviews. History majors can schedule individual appointments with career counselors by calling 757-221-3231 or by stopping by the office.

If history majors do not have a clear idea about a future career, the Career Center's website has good resources to get them pointed in the right direction. Go to http://www.wm.edu/career, then click on "Undergraduates." This site explains such things as self-assessment and how to research careers. And students should not overlook "William and Mary Student Outcomes," which shows what College alumni have done with their History majors. Students should also feel free to contact alumni to learn more about what they do by clicking on "Alumni Mentors." These alumni are eager to give you career advice!

The Career Center's website also maintains job (and internship) listings and important information on such things as ways to research companies, salary negotiation, and interviewing etiquette. Click on "Job Search" to learn more. The website and the Career Center's library in Blow 124 offer useful information on résumé writing and include sample résumés.

The Career Center also maintains several reference volumes to assist students in thinking about careers. Consult such publications as Great Jobs for History Majors, Careers for History Buffs and Others Who Learn from the Past, Careers in Education, Careers in Government, and Opportunities in Nonprofits. Finally, majors should pay particular attention to the Career Center's career fairs and workshops. The Career Center holds three career fairs each year: Fall Career Fair, Spring Career Fair, and the Education Recruiting Day. It also runs trips to other fairs, such as the Georgetown Career Fair in October and the D.C. Nonprofit Career Fair in November. It also conducts workshops on such topics as résumé writing and interviewing techniques; there are also career panels, in which alumni (and employers) return to talk about their careers.

The Career Center encourages students to subscribe to their listserv (http://www.wm.edu/career/secure/NewSubscribe.cfm) to get bi-weekly program and event reminders and job/internship postings.

From time to time, the Department conducts career- and internship-related workshops. Check your email for announcements.