History

Program Overview


Program Requirements


Acquired skills

University education stimulates the development of many valuable skills transferable to the workplace. Employers increasingly demand a set of skills from their employees; communication, research, data use, analytical, decision-making, problem-solving, planning and organizational, responsibility, adaptability and autonomy, and teamwork skills are sought after. While they can seem limited to each program of study, skills are adaptable and extendable to a variety of situations and they can also be used to acquire other aptitudes and abilities hence ensuring the development and advancement of ones career (to further develop your skill set, see Experience section). The list of skills below can then help in the process of choosing occupations that best fit your education and aptitudes and it can also be used to communicate your employability.

Skills

General and specific Skills

  • Researching Skills: History students develop superior researching skills through exploring primary and secondary sources. Mastering the use of search engines, databases, archival collections and other such domains, they provide employers with the means to locate a wide variety of information on virtually any topic.
  • Organizational skills: History students develop strong organizational skills by arranging vast amounts of information to present explanations of complex issues, events and themes.
  • Analytical skills: History students learn to assess the strength of different types of information, both to advance and criticize arguments. They become experts at explaining the “who, what, when, how and why” of a topic to deepen our understanding of it and to explain how it links to other themes. 
  • Writing skills: History students devote a considerable amount of time to working on essays and thus develop superior writing skills. They must present clear and credible arguments supported by strong documentation, and marshal evidence in a logical and convincing manner. 
  • Public speaking skills: History students learn to articulate their ideas and present evidence in both informal exchanges and formal presentations. Such opportunities are a central feature of the fourth-year seminar experience.

Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. The graduate programs below are examples selected from the list of graduate programs offered by the University of Ottawa. While they are related to this program of study, it is important to consult the admission requirements of the programs as not all types of degrees qualify one for admission. Moreover, additional programs and other universities could be considered depending on your career plan.

 

Graduate programs

  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Canadian Studies (PhD)
  • Classical Studies (MA)
  • Criminology (MCAMA)
  • Globalization and International Development (MA)
  • History (MAPhD)
  • Information studies (MIS)
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MA)    
  • Political Science (MA)
  • Religious studies (MAPhD)

Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves. By targeting a profession, it can make decisions easier during your schooling, throughout your job search and, finally, when choosing among job offers. The choices can change over time based on academic, personal, and professional paths and on the knowledge of occupations and of the labour market.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. If need be, additional and complementary information can be found via two online career exploration tools (Careercruising and Choices Planner)* also designed to facilitate your career advancement. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification. They are presented by their occupational group title, in bold, followed by bulleted occupational titles specific to the program of study. Immediately after the occupational titles, the hyperlinked NOC code for the occupational group is provided. Overall, the occupations are presented side by side with their employment requirements and the establishments where to find a job.

Watch the video of a former student of the programs of History and Political Science at the University of Ottawa

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2016 is the authoritative resource on occupational information in Canada providing a standard taxonomy and framework for dialogue on Labour Market Information. It gathers more than 30,000 occupational titles into 500 Unit Groups, organized according to skill levels and skill types.

*To obtain the access codes of these websites, visit your InfoWeb account


Occupations related to this program

 

Secondary school teachers

  • History teacher, secondary school

Teachers of academic subjects require a bachelor's degree in education which is often preceded by a bachelor's degree in the arts or sciences; to specialize in special education or English or French as a second language, additional training is required; a provincial teaching certificate is required; membership in a provincial or territorial teachers' association or federation may be required

 

Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Heritage interpreter
  • Historical interpreter
  • Historical site interpreter
  • Museum interpreter

Interpreters may require a university degree in a field related to museum and gallery work; for other occupations, technical or on-the-job training programs related to the work are required; museum interpreters may require specific scientific or academic credentials for employment by some museums or other sites

 

Journalists

  • Researcher

A university degree in journalism or a related field such as communications is usually required

 

Program officers unique to government

A bachelor's degree is usually required

 

Post-secondary teaching and research assistants

  • Research assistant
  • Teaching assistant

Enrolment in a university program is required

 

Archivists

  • Archivist

A master's degree in archival studies, archival studies and information science, library science or history may be required

 

Library, archive, museum and art gallery managers

  • Archives manager

A graduate degree in archival science or history and several years of experience as an archivist or in historical research, including supervisory experience are required

 

Librarians

  • Librarian

A master's degree in library science is required

 

College and other vocational instructors

  • History teacher – CEGEP
  • College teacher

A master's degree in the field of instruction may be required; a certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required; additional courses in teaching or a provincial teaching certificate may be required

 

Conservators and curators

  • Curator

A master's degree in museology, art history or a field related to their specific area of work

 

Other professional occupations in social science, n.e.c.

  • Historian

A doctorate degree in the discipline is usually required

 

University professors and lecturers

  • Department head
  • Lecturer
  • Professor
  • Visiting scholar

A doctoral degree in the field of specialization is required for university professors; a master's degree in the field of specialization is required for university lecturers; licenses or professional certification may be required for professors teaching future practitioners in certain professionally regulated fields, such as medicine, engineering, architecture, psychology or law; university professors who are also practitioners in their field of specialization must have the appropriate licenses or certification

 

Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher

 


Related field

 Although many students believe that they will pursue a career path directly connected to their university studies, quite often, graduates tend to work in related fields. Below is a list of possible related fields of work based on a given program of study. These fields present opportunities that are not typically considered as first choices when choosing a career path based on a program of study. Hopefully, this list will allow students to further consider the various fields that are loosely connected to their program of study. These results were compiled through a research of the University of Ottawa's alumni profiles which were found on the business-oriented social networking service, LinkedIn

Related Fields

  • Legal
  • Consulting
  • Operations
  • Sales
  • Entrepreneurship

Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. And certainly, experience working on campus or in other settings adds to the set of skills acquired in your degree (see Acquired Skills section). The Employability Skills 2000+ presenting the skills employers look for in their employees as well as its complementary checklist can help target experience opportunities that will improve your skill set necessary for employment. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.

All examples of volunteer experience and potential employers were selected specifically for this area of study and according to occupational groups in which it is possible to acquire experience. Examples of volunteer organizations in Canada and abroad are preceded by a list of directories that can help to find more volunteer opportunities. Examples of potential employers in Canada and abroad have been compiled in light of events held in partnership with employers, searches in company directories and well-established rankings.


Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. The Community Service Learning also allows students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.

Directories

 

Canada

Abroad


Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students program of studies. The examples are presented according to geographic location: Ottawa and Gatineau, Ontario, Quebec and other provinces.

In Canada

Ottawa/Gatineau Region

Ontario

 

Quebec

Other provinces and territories

 

Abroad

The requirements for working abroad consider factors like administrative laws, professional standards and work permits in some countries. To learn about requirements in various countries, visit Skill Clear or MyWorldAbroad (registration with a @uOttawa.ca email is required to use MyWorldAbroad).

Established globally

North America (excluding Canada)

 

South America

Europe

 

Asia

Africa

 

Oceania

Others


Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.


Professional organizations

Examples of professional organizations, presented by location, provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities.

Canadian

Provincial 

and territorial

 

American

International


Job search sites

Here are a few websites posting jobs available in Canada and abroad related to this field of study.

Canadian

International

 General Job Search Websites

 

Date modified: 2016-04-05

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