Skills for New Historians Seminar: Non-Academic Careers

Our seminar series continues! We are so glad that you all are loving these seminars as much as we are! A huge thanks, of course, to the guest speakers we’ve asked to be part of them each month, but also huge thanks to our audience, who come along and ask such interesting and thoughtful questions every time.

Before we announce details for the next seminar, some exciting news! In case you missed it, the new AHA website is LIVE! It looks great, is super user-friendly, and has taken a lot of work to get here. What is especially exciting is that the recordings for past seminars in this series are now available on the website! If you’d like to catch up on our past sessions on Digital Histories, Book Proposals, or the Peer Review process, you can now access them to watch back. Simply log into your member account, and then go to “Member Resources” and then “Seminars” on the dropdown menu. 

Now, for the next seminar!

In putting together this series, we knew we needed to acknowledge the very tough climate that the Arts, and the University sector more broadly, are currently in. It’s never been easy to secure an academic job, but with Covid-19 keeping international students away, and reduced government funding meaning job cuts, now seems an especially difficult time. It’s becoming increasingly common (and necessary) to move from the PhD or the postdoctoral fellowship to different kinds of work. But this doesn’t have to mean giving up on research, publishing, or keeping in touch with your academic community. It also doesn’t mean forgetting all the skills you developed and honed during your PhD. This month, then, we’re focusing on work outside of – or, perhaps, alongside – the academy, and speaking to people who have successfully secured these kinds of positions in three different fields: university administration, the public service, and the GLAM sector. These recent grads will tell us all about their work in these fields, how they secured their positions, and if/how they balance continuing to publish and engage with their academic communities:

  • Dr Emma Gleadhill, Faculty of Arts Research Officer at Macquarie University
  • Dr Emma Sarian, NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority
  • Dr Mariko Smith, First Nations Assistant Curator at the Australian Museum


  • Skills for New Historians: Non-Academic Careers with Dr Emma Gleadhill, Dr Emma Sarian, and Dr Mariko Smith
  • Friday 16 July, 4—6pm AEST (via Zoom)
  • To register: please note the new process!
    • Log into the AHA website
    • Go to Member Resources / Seminars (see the pictures above!)
    • Scroll down to Seminar #5 and click through to the Google Form, and complete!
    • Registrations close Thursday 15 July

Having problems logging into the Members Only section of the new website? Contact Bethany, the AHA’s executive officer, at

Skills for New Historians is open to ECRs and HDRs who are members of the AHA. If you’d like to join in and aren’t a new member, head over to the AHA website where you can renew your membership or become a member for the first time. The seminar will be recorded and the recording made available to AHA members.

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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