Careers in history

UVic History alumna Kathryn Bridge
UVic History alumna Kathryn Bridge says her history education has been fundamental in her position as Curator of History and Art at the Royal BC Museum.

What will you do with your history degree?

The world is a complex place. Studying history is the best way to learn how to understand and navigate the overlapping political, economic, and culture issues of today’s globalized society.

The skills you'll gain studying history are useful in many workplaces—you'll learn how to research, analyze and synthesize large amount of complex information and how to communicate it effectively.

My history degree taught me how to think critically, read and understand information quickly, and most of all I learned how to communicate my ideas to other people. These are invaluable skills, especially in a job market where more and more businesses are becoming specialized.
—John Norris (BA, History, 2010)

Some career options for history graduates

  • Access to information officer
  • Communications coordinator
  • Counsellor*
  • Cultural programs coordinator
  • Curator
  • Editor/publisher
  • Exhibit designer
  • Foreign service officer
  • Fund development
  • Historical interpreter
  • Human resources coordinator*
  • Immigration/intelligence officer
  • Journalist
  • Legal professional*
  • Librarian/archivist*
  • Teacher/instructor*
  • Researcher

*Additional education and training may be required.

More information from UVic Co-op + Careers (pdf)

Meet our alumni

Tamara Vrooman

President and CEO
Vancity

Tamara is the CEO of Vancity Credit Union, Canada's largest community-based financial cooperative and tenth largest financial institution. Under her leadership, Vancity has introduced targeted initiatives to address the economic marginalization of Aboriginal peoples and communities. Vancity became the first carbon-neutral financial institution in North America, the largest private-sector living wage employer in Canada, and the first Canadian financial institution invited to join the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Read more

History - BA (1991), MA (1994)

Chief Bev Sellars

Xats'ull First Nation and author

Bev Sellars is a former councillor and chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. First elected chief of Xat’sull in 1987, she held the position from 1987-1993 and then from 2009-2015.  Between her terms as chief she earned a degree in history from the University of Victoria (1997) and says “My “aha” moment came when I was taking European history.”   This was followed by a law degree from the University of British Columbia.  She has served as adviser for the B.C. Treaty Commission and a representative for the Secwepemc communities on the Cariboo Chilcotin Justice Inquiry in the early 1990s.  Bev is currently the chairperson of the First Nation Women Advocating for Responsible Mining (FNWARM) which monitors proposed and existing mining operations in BC. Read More

History - BA

Ezra  Karmel

Researcher
Identity Center

Ezra works in the Middle East as a researcher for the Jordan-based NGO, Identity Center. He first started working with the center while conducting research for his thesis in Jordan in 2013, and started to look after the organization’s policy unit after graduation. He is currently working on a project producing policy papers about marginalized groups’ access to social services in Jordan, conducting research on Jordan’s Hirak movements, and starting to help compile the shadow report for Jordan’s progress on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

History - MA (2014)

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (Puglaas)

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

Jody is a descendent of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples. She was elected as the Liberal MP for the riding of Vancouver Granville in the 2015 federal election and sworn in as the Minister of Justice of Canada. She is the first Indigenous person to hold this position. She has been an active member of the BC Bar Association since 2000 and was a provincial Crown prosecutor in Vancouver's downtown eastside until 2003. In 2003 she was an elected Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission, and in 2009 was elected a Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations.

Political Science and History - BA (1996)

Lisa Helps

Mayor of Victoria

Lisa helped create and was the Executive Director of Community Micro Lending, a local non-profit where people can lend directly to others in the community. She ran successfully for Victoria City Council where she was a councillor for three years. In 2014, deciding that she could do more as mayor than councillor to help Victoria unleash its potential, she successfully ran for mayor. Read more

History - BA (2002), MA (2005)

Racan Souiedan

Information Management Section
Vancouver Police Department

Racan accepted a Civilian position in the Vancouver Police Department's Information Management Section in 2015. He previously worked as a researcher for IPSA International, a global risk advisory firm, and was tasked with helping to launch the company’s office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. He holds a Private Investigator licence and has cherished the opportunity of applying the research skills he developed while studying history to the investigative world. He was also Visiting Curator at Roedde House Museum in Vancouver’s historic West End.

History - MA (2012)

Kiran Stewart-McKee

Outreach & Congregational Care Coordinator
Deer Park United Church

Kiran is the Congregational Care and Community Engagement Coordinator at Deer Park United Church in Calgary, Alberta. In this role, she provides pastoral care to congregants, provides referrals and support to low income individuals and families, and connects with non-profits to provide strong programming for communities. Read more

History - BA (2011)

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