Five Skills for Historians

From the American Historical Association (See the AHA’s original post here):

“The Career Diversity Five Skills were first identified in focus groups of historians with PhDs who found careers beyond traditional academia—five things they hadn’t learned in grad school but that they found they needed in order to succeed beyond the academy. These five skills are also essential to succeeding as professors. They are:

  1. COMMUNICATION, in a variety of media and to a variety of audiences
  2. COLLABORATION, especially with people who might not share your worldview
  3. QUANTITATIVE LITERACY: a basic ability to understand and communicate information presented in quantitative form, i.e., understanding that numbers tell a story the same way words, images, and artifacts do
  4. INTELLECTUAL SELF-CONFIDENCE: the ability to work beyond subject matter expertise, to be nimble and imaginative in projects and plans
  5. DIGITAL LITERACY: a basic familiarity with digital tools and platforms.

This guide presents an introduction to each skill—adapted from posts originally published on AHA Today in Spring 2016—as well as a list of AHA-produced resources that can help develop an understanding of that skill. The resources include blog posts, Perspectives on History articles, video resources, and more.

Many thanks to our blog authors for their thoughts and to Lindsey Martin, Mellon career development officer at the University of Chicago, who compiled and annotated these resources.”

Click on each of the five skills for more information. 

From Loyola

The History Graduate Program at Loyola ran, with support from the AHA’s Career Diversity Initiative, a seminar series that featured dedicated meetings for four of the five skills listed above. Resources gathered during the digital literacy and intellectual self-confidence meeting can be accessed by Loyola students by following the links below: