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Careers for History graduates

Careers for History graduates are limited only by your own imagination.

Apart from the specific bodies of knowledge history graduates accumulate (which may, in themselves, be relevant for certain jobs), history students develop a range of generic skills which are highly valued by employers such as: analytical ability, problem solving skills, decision making ability, written and oral communication skills, and creative thinking.

Graduates of History at Otago work in areas such as:

  • Advertising
  • Archives and Records Management
  • Business and Commerce
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Freelance Public History (as consultants and writers)
  • Historical Research (for both public and private sector)
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector (Policy Advisers, Policy Analysts, Public Relations)
  • Teaching at all levels
  • University lecturing

Employers of History graduates

  • The Crown Forest Rental Trust
  • The Department of Conservation
  • The New Zealand Historic Places Trust
  • The Otago Museum
  • Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand
  • The Waitangi Tribunal
  • The Ministry of Culture and Heritage


For career advice, support and resources check out the services of CareerHub (University login required).


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