The Department is excited to be a recipient of a Career Diversity Implementation Grant from the American Historical Association (AHA). Our 2018-2019 AHA Career Diversity Fellow Sarah Stoller has received a write-up fellowship and will be replaced by Derek K. O'Leary for 2019-2020. Likewise, 2018-2019 Faculty Career Development and Diversity Officer James Vernon has been named a Guggenheim Fellow and will be replaced by Caitlin Rosenthal for 2019-2020. Derek and Caitlin will work with returning career development and diversity team members Erin Leigh Inama (staff Career Development and Diversity Coordinator) and Rachel Reinhard (Director, Berkeley History-Social Science Project and Berkeley History PhD '05) to continue to develop programming and resources.
We strongly encourage grad students to consider their professional development for potential careers both within and beyond the academy at every stage of the program. Historically our graduate program has always prepared students for a wide range of career paths. The AHA has provided the most complete publicly available data we have on the many uses and careers made possible by a History PhD. For more information, see historians.org/wherehistorianswork.
Thinking about and planning for careers whether within or beyond academia can be overwhelming and uncertain. It is without a doubt, and for nearly everyone, an uneven and messy process. Acknowledging this reality, and realizing that you are in good company, is a great place to start. Check out this video on career exploration from Bill Lindstaedt of UCSF’s Office of Career and Professional Development. Herminia Ibarra talks about the profound identity changes that can accompany career transitions in this podcast. Berkeley's new wellness website recalibrate is another good place to turn if you are feeling overwhelmed or just looking for resources.
We hope that the resources assembled here will offer a starting point wherever you are in the career development process. We urge faculty, as much as students, to familiarize themselves with the wide array of resources and opportunities available both on campus and beyond for graduate student professional development. You may even find something helpful to your own career here!
We don't have any more events scheduled for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you have any ideas or suggestions for next year's slate of offerings, please be in touch with the Career Development and Diversity Team!