In Part 1 of this post, participants in a Northwest History Network professional development program called Who Hires Consulting Historians? talked about some of the “soft skills” that employers look for. Part 2 is an additional excerpt from the discussion. You can hear a podcast of the entire program here.
~ Morgen Young, Alder LLC
Greg Shine (Historian at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site): I would echo all that and emphasize digital media fluency. I think that is going to be the key for anyone being a successful public historian, especially consultants. So that means not only doing the research and having the skill set that was just so aptly described, but also how do you lay that out, how do you operate InDesign, can you lay out a wayside exhibit. Can you do that research, but can you also artfully present that in a way that is creative, but also meets needs? Continue reading