That is a question I get asked more often than I thought would happen.
My major in college was history. Many people asked me what plans I had once I was done with my undergrad work. “Will you go on to get your master’s?” “Ph.D.?” “Law school?” “What does one do with a history degree other than teach?” Now, when people find out I was a history major, they ask, “Oh! Where do you teach?”
I don’t do any of the above. Well, then what good was the history degree? Quite a bit good actually. I use my degree frequently in my work. And what does that work entail? Writing.
One component of my work is writing a document called a “case statement,” “case for support” or “case prospectus.” It is used by non-profit organizations as a persuasive document provided to their constituency to explain a project for which they wish to raise funds and to persuade them to support it financially and volunteer their time. The case statement gives a brief history of the organization, how they got to where they are, why they want to keep going, what their project is, why they need the project completed and to seek support.
Being a history major required a lot of reading, analysis of that reading, discerning what was important information, research and responding to the information through the written word with clarity and precision. Writing a case for support requires the same thing.
I am happy to say my educational process, and especially the history components of that education, have helped me become a much better writer and researcher; therefore better in my work.
Do you use your degree?