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Career Development


U-M’s career development initiative is leading the way in preparing history graduate students for their professional lives once they earn the PhD. At Michigan, we treat professional development as a crucial counterpart to intellectual training because deep intellectual expertise is no longer sufficient for landing a job, whether the position is inside or outside the academy. We ask students to think about their career goals from the moment they begin our program, and we work hard to equip students with the tools they need to realize their professional aspirations.

Our efforts around career development are informed by the American Historical Association’s career diversity initiative. The AHA identified five core skills—beyond the traditional attention to research and writing—as crucial to history graduate training. U-M History graduate students have a number of opportunities to practice these skills. Learn about the five skills and discover the possibilities to hone them below.