History involves both the study and research of major social, political, cultural, and economic events of the past. Political Science involves the study of government and focuses on its structure and function and the necessity of human social order.
Job Titles to Consider
Campaign Worker / Manager
Director of Consumer Affairs
Director of State-Historical Society
FBI / CIA Agent
Foreign Service Officer
Historical Site Administrator
Legal Assistant / Paralegal
Probation / Parole Officer
Public Administrator / Manager
Teacher / Professor
Travel / Tour Guide
Urban / Regional Planner
VISTA / Peace Corp Volunteer
Writer / Author
Can you prove you have the most important skills to hear “You're Hired”?
Communication skills involve active listening, presentation as well as excellent writing capabilities. Can you explain technical concepts to partners, customers and coworkers in a way they will understand?
Computer and Technical Literacy
Today, most jobs require basic competency in computer software.
The ability to work in teams, relate to people and manage conflict is extremely important in the workplace. How have you done this in the past? What is your conflict management style?
Are you able to adapt to changes and manage multiple tasks? In today’s professional world, the ability to learn new technologies and adjust to changing surroundings is important.
Hiring managers seek employees that are skilled at assessing situations, are able to seek multiple perspectives and gather more in-depth information.
Project Management Skills
Organization, planning and effectively implementing projects are all important skills to an employer. Many companies are choosing not to hire project managers, and are expecting all employees to possess the skills necessary to carry out projects.
You need the ability to use creativity, reasoning, past experience, and available resources to resolve issues in any field. Solving problems will save your organization time and money.
Strong Work Ethic
Can you take initiative? Are you reliable? Can you do the job right the first time? Managers don’t have the time watch your every move, so this is a skill that is expected from all employees.
Emotional Intelligence is not a skill that will be listed in a job description. However, it is a highly sought after skill that relates to social skills, social awareness and self-management abilities.
American Association for State and Local History
Organization of American Historians
American Political Science Organization
Peace Science Society
Additional Sources of Information
Careers in History
National Museum of Natural History
National Council on Public History
Association for Public Policy and Management
Careers in Government
American Society for Public Administration