Career Planning in History and Heritage

By Dr. Tara Inniss - Director, Caribbean Heritage Network & History Lecturer at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill 

The recently released Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Task Force Report on History (2018) has revealed a declining interest in pursuing the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in History across the region.

One of the areas identified for development was greater outreach about what students could do with degrees in History and Heritage.

In response, the Department of History and Philosophy at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus has published a number of tools and presentations to assist students, graduates, parents, guidance counselors and teachers to think about the wide arena of career paths in the field of History and Heritage.

Heritage tourism and the cultural industries are two of the economic sectors in the region slated for growth, and History is a pivotal subject for the creation of graduates who can apply their knowledge of history and culture to these fields, and especially in policymaking, heritage tourism product development, conservation and community outreach.

In addition to the career paths in Heritage and the Cultural Industries, the skills learned in a History / Heritage degree are also applicable to a wide variety of professions from law to marketing. The Department of History and Philosophy immediately set about the task of tracking some of its graduates and found that a number of our graduates are working in a number of fields making valued contributions to their communities.

We invite you to have a look into the world of the Icons Who Studied History: Careers in History, Heritage and Beyond in the Caribbean:

If you want to learn more about the Department of History and Philosophy at Cave Hill Campus: