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ACADEMIC, AGRICULTURAL HISTORY PH.D., IN-DEPTH: You Feel Like A Detective

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Kimberly, an agricultural history PhD student, describes the challenges of her job, what she likes most, her key decisions, how to get into the industry, and her work-life balance. She tells us that she loves exploring the archives because you feel like a detective when you are searching for an answer to a question you posed.

Degree: Education - History
Job Title: Agricultural History Graduate Student

Job Summary: Historians

Job Description

Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.

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Internships offer an opportunity for students to learn practical skills, such as handling and preserving artifacts and creating exhibits. They also allow students to apply their academic knowledge in a hands-on setting. Positions are often available at local museums, historical societies, government agencies, or nonprofit and other organizations.

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$25,000 - $95,000
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10 to 20 percent
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Full-time
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Indoor, Office, Remote, Home
Personal qualities
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Analytical skills, Problem solving skills, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills, Detail oriented

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<span m='11520'>the</span> <span m='11610'>people</span> <span m='11945'>who</span> <span m='12280'>I</span> <span m='12370'>get</span> <span m='12570'>to</span> <span m='12670'>talk</span> <span m='12990'>to.</span> <span m='14010'>It's</span> <span m='14180'>really</span> <span m='14400'>wonderful,</span> <span m='15330'>and</span> <span m='16910'>my</span> <span m='17090'>program,</span> <span m='17520'>everyone</span> <span m='18260'>is</span> <span m='18550'>kind</span> <span m='18770'>of</span> <span m='18850'>a</span> <span m='18920'>team,</span> <span m='19300'>and</span> <span m='19500'>we're all</span> <span m='19630'>very</span> <span m='19850'>supportive</span> <span m='21030'>of</span> <span m='21180'>each</span> <span m='21410'>other.</span> <span m='22310'>The</span> <span m='22660'>most</span> <span m='22950'>difficult</span> <span m='23440'>part</span> <span m='23790'>is</span> <span m='23960'>probably</span> <span m='28580'>just</span> <span m='28870'>the</span> <span m='28970'>workload.</span> <span m='29820'>It's</span> <span m='30030'>a</span> <span m='30110'>lot</span> <span m='30360'>of</span> <span m='30520'>reading.</span> <span m='32860'>Just</span> <span m='33270'>hundreds</span> <span m='33660'>of</span> <span m='33760'>pages</span> <span m='34190'>a</span> <span m='34280'>week.</span> </p><p><span m='34960'>But</span> <span m='36270'>you</span> <span m='36460'>adjust</span> <span m='36850'>and</span> <span m='37040'>get</span> <span m='37160'>used</span> <span m='37460'>to it,</span> <span m='37900'>and</span> <span m='38280'>I've</span> <span m='38460'>already--</span> <span m='38720'>my</span> <span m='38910'>reading</span> <span m='39350'>speed</span> <span m='39550'>has</span> <span m='39720'>gotten</span> <span m='40050'>much</span> <span m='40270'>faster.</span> <span m='41440'>After</span> <span m='41790'>undergraduate,</span> <span m='42320'>I</span> <span m='42390'>took</span> <span m='42660'>some</span> <span m='42810'>time</span> <span m='43040'>off</span> <span m='43680'>to</span> <span m='43860'>work,</span> <span m='45660'>and</span> <span m='46230'>just</span> <span m='46460'>while</span> <span m='46690'>I</span> <span m='46760'>was</span> <span m='46960'>abroad--</span> <span m='47340'>or,</span> <span m='47720'>I</span> <span m='47930'>was</span> <span m='48150'>teaching</span> <span m='48470'>English</span> <span m='48770'>abroad,</span> <span m='50130'>and</span> <span m='50740'>I</span> <span m='50810'>realized</span> <span m='51170'>that</span> <span m='51290'>I</span> <span m='51340'>really</span> <span m='51540'>missed</span> <span m='51770'>the</span> <span m='51850'>university,</span> <span m='53140'>and</span> <span m='53240'>I</span> <span m='53380'>missed</span> <span m='53600'>writing,</span> <span m='54130'>so</span> <span m='54620'>it</span> <span m='55110'>inspired</span> <span m='55550'>me</span> <span m='56106'>to</span> <span m='56880'>apply</span> <span 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