4 Ways My Digital History Experience Prepares Me for My Communications Career

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When entering HIST 306 at Liberty University, I was originally a history major. When I switched to communications, I began to wonder if the class I had invested in was worth the while—and it was. Here are 4 ways my HIST 306 course has better prepared me for my future career,

1. Social Media Experience

This year I ran the Liberty University Public History Instagram account with my dear friend Bailey Knotts. This introduced me to the world of copy rights and how much time and energy goes into research before posting. We were able to post extensive archeology and history posts and navigated what our audience responded to the most. We handled both positive and negative responses from users and studied immensely on social media etiquette and statistics to further improve our content. Social media experience looks great on resumes for all types of career paths in both the history and communications field.

2. Wikipedia, CLIO, and Blogging Digital History

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Whether working with a historical society or a non-profit, academic writing for all three of these platforms is great experience on resumes and in the workplace. As someone who was originally interested in becoming a public historian, being able to write for online encyclopedias like wikipedia and blogging digital history is a very large aspect of the career. It could lead to writing content for museums and historical societies such as Monticello, Colonial Williamsburg, the National Picture Gallery, and so much more. For a communications degree, it provides experience with writing that can be useful for writing for company blogs and websites. There are so many ways to utilize this experience when applying it to future careers.

3. Content DM

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Programs such as Content DM are great tools to help organize documents, files and more for museums, non-profits, archives, universities, you name it! It is versatile and most every type of business and is a skill not everyone has been taught or exposed to. Each program looks different whether it be Past Perfect or Content DM, but once you understand the idea of a controlled vocabulary and how to enter in the proper information, each program should be similar to each other. Even Liberty University has its own archive that uses similar programs!

4. Final Digital Project

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Brian Quinn and I decided to team up and created a promotional video for New London Day for our final digital project. By working together, I was able to write a script, produce the content and do the voiceover for our trailer. This is important on a resume as I have had experience with advertisement and design, as well as teamwork skills. Together we produced a two minute trailer that the University can use every year to promote the annual New London Day celebration.

Whether it be writing, archiving, or social media experience, learning about the world of digital history not only helped me build a portfolio that appeals to an array of employers in many career fields, but enables both history students and non-history students with important skills that can be used across the board. The skills I learned have pushed me to better facilitate group work, navigate technology, and become more comfortable with web design.

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