Rachel Raasch, '12, Organization Support Rep. at Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities
1) What career or course of study are you in right now?
I'm working in the nonprofit sector, currently with an organization called the Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities, which provides affordable housing to low-income individuals and families.
2) How does your history major help you in this career or course of study?
I've found that my history major has given me a broad set of skills that are transferrable to a number of different endeavors. In addition to the fundamental skills of writing, analyzing, researching, and reading comprehension, I believe that my studies in history have given me valuable insight into the social and economic trends which affect the work of nonprofit organizations like the Housing Partnership.
3) Do you haveany advice for current history majors who will be on the job market soon?
Everyone knows that the job market isn't great right now. You may find yourself hearing "no" more than you had expected. Don't give up. Remember that many of our historical heroes and heroines faced the same challenges early on in their careers. Chase your dreams relentlessly, reinvent yourself as needed, and make the pursuit of knowledge a lifelong journey.