The board results are out and it’s time to make a career choice. While science finds the highest takers, humanities isn’t far behind. However, despite the interest in Humanities, history often falls back as a subject of choice. Very few think it as a viable career prospect. So here we are shedding some light about the study of history and the career prospects it harbors. History is no longer his story.
Skills Acquired By A History Major
History as an academic discipline deals with the study of societies and culture of a certain time-period or long periods of time. This enhances our understanding of the past.
A degree in history provides you with a set of transferable skills that are applicable to a wide range of careers such as
- journalism and the media
- museums, librarianship, and archive work
- work in the development sector
- global charity work
Specialisations in History
History can be divided into three major specializations — archaeology, museology, and archival studies. After having a degree in history, you can specialize in these fields. At the postgraduate level, most of these courses are offered nationwide.
Hence, a history degree, backed by a specialization at the Masters level, can pave the way for a number of careers.
8 Interesting Career Choices:
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) employs archaeologists who are entrusted with the maintenance of 3,600 monuments, state departments of archaeology of different state governments, heritage bodies, museums and other research institutions.
For instance, The National Museum Institute (New Delhi) offers Masters in Museology.
3. Museum Curators
It also includes maintenance of records of each item, for instance, from where it has been discovered or acquired, its estimated age, conservation treatment and such details.
The prerequisite to becoming a historian is a Bachelors degree in history followed by a Masters in specific areas such as political history, military history etc.
6. History Experts
A history expert can go to a production house as a research analyst as well.
If you wish to teach at the university level, you will have to complete your Master’s degree and then clear the NET examination.
In addition, you can also be employed as a researcher in historical research organizations such as Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and Indian Council of Social Sciences Research (ICSSR).
8. Civil Services
Although vast, the syllabus offers many advantages like easy to understand and absorb, no dearth of study material and the fact that it covers a key segment of the General Studies paper.
Source: India Today