Do you hold a PhD in early American history/literature/architectural history/art history/etc. or a related field, and have you chosen a career outside of the professoriate? The Junto wants to hear from you! There’s still time to participate in our conversation, “Where Historians Work: A View from Early America.”
Leave your stories in the comments of this post. Or, if you would prefer a less public forum, you may email The Junto (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “Career Diversity.” Please post comments or email by Friday, February 17.
Some questions you might consider in your post:
- Where do you work and what is your title?
- What has the journey after graduate school been like for you?
- Was the decision to pursue a career outside the academy a conscious, empowered one?
- Was it a choice you made after attempting the traditional academic route first?
- What steps (if any) did you take while in graduate school to pursue career opportunities outside of the professoriate?
- Tell us about your work. How does it relate (or not relate) to the research you undertook for your doctoral studies?
- What skills have you brought to your workplace that stemmed for your training as a historian?
[Image credit: Word cloud from “The Many Careers of History PhDs,” job outcome study, AHA, 2013.]