Graduates from Loyola's history department have established careers in a variety of different settings, from academia and public history to consulting and non-profit work. Graduate degrees in history are not vocational degrees. The PhD and MA do not prepare students to follow only one career path - that of teacher or professor. Rather, the PhD and MA provide graduates with a breadth and depth of knowledge of their field of study, as well as a variety of skills that are sought after by employers in the 21st century. For example, 40% of humanities PhD graduates work in occupations other than postsecondary teaching, using their skills in a wide variety of careers. The Loyola history department is committed to supporting students in identifying their career goals, developing an array of skills, and pursuing diverse career pathways.
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The how-to guides and resources pages provide guidance for graduate students thinking about and preparing for careers after graduation. Included is information about career pathways, networking, writing cover letters and resumes, and resources available on-campus.