Studying for a classics degree demonstrates that you have a willingness and ability to learn and comprehend a breadth of challenging subjects. This intellectual flexibility is highly sought after by employers
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A classics degree provides you with skills relevant to a wide range of sectors. Your career options are therefore varied. Decide on the area you want to work in and try to get relevant work experience. This may be in the form of a structured work placement, part-time job, voluntary work or even a period of work shadowing. Use the time to develop your skills and to establish contacts within the industry.
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Museums are a key employer for classics graduates wishing to use their subject knowledge. Similarly, teaching provides an opportunity to share your expertise. The public sector also offers a variety of career paths including roles within government administration, research, information management and heritage.
However, the wide range of subjects studied and skills gained on a classics degree course means that graduates are attractive to employers from many sectors, including law, accountancy, finance, consultancy, media, publishing and management.
Throughout your studies, you will develop the ability to research, collate and analyse materials, including written documentation and statistics. You also learn to critically evaluate and interpret resources in order to formulate impartial and coherent arguments, which you can present competently in both the spoken and written word. The specific content of your course also provides you with a well-developed understanding of different cultures and societies.
The structure of your course, mixing independent study and group tasks, gives you the opportunity to prove that you can work autonomously and manage your own workload but also can engage in team work. Like most students, you are used to working to strict deadlines and under pressure.
Classics graduates often choose to study Masters or PhDs in subjects related to their degree, such as classical archaeology, ancient history and Greek and Latin languages and literature. Becoming a specialist in an academic discipline, particularly at PhD level, can be the first step towards pursuing an academic career as a lecturer/researcher.
Other classics graduates opt for more vocational yet still subject-relevant courses, generally at Masters level, such as museum studies or records and archive management. Further study will also be needed for a move into a particular profession such as law, teaching, librarianship or journalism.
More than half of classics graduates are in full-time employment or combining work with further study six months after graduating. Of these, 14% chose professional roles within the business and financial sectors. Classics graduates are well-suited to professional services roles with their ability to analyse and understand complex information and to research, document and present findings.
Around 11% of classics graduates are in clerical or secretarial roles, with a further 10% taking on professional roles within marketing, sales and advertising. Communications-based roles are an obvious option, drawing on an understanding of language and its power. Administrative roles can be an entry-level route for graduates who ultimately would like to work in creative, cultural and heritage-related positions.
28% of classics graduates undertake full-time further study. Often this is to enhance their understanding of a particular aspect of their degree course at Masters or PhD level.
|Working and studying||10%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||22.3%|
|Business and financial||14%|
|Clerical and secretarial||11.3%|
|Marketing, sales and advertising||11.3%|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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