Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that are developed by history students throughout their degree
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept qualifications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.
Look for volunteering or work experience opportunities with organisations and businesses that you are interested in working for, or that will help you develop the skills relevant to your career interests. For example, if you're interested in a career in curatorship, try to get experience working with museum collections.
Volunteering to work for a heritage organisation or museum is another useful way of getting into the sector. Use any opportunities to build up a network of contacts.
If you're looking for a career in a different area, such as banking or law, internships offer the chance for more structured work experience and are usually well advertised, making them easier to find. Competition for places is strong so research the company well before applying.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Typical employers of history graduates include:
National and local government and the public services also attract history graduates, particularly the civil service (with some graduates applying to the Civil Service Fast Stream), NHS management, the police and armed services.
International development organisations, charities and heritage organisations are also potential employers, as well as museums and libraries.
A degree in history develops your:
Some history graduates go on to do further study at Masters level in order to specialise in an area of history and cultures of interest to them.
However, many postgraduate courses accept graduates from any subject and this allows history graduates to choose subjects as diverse as:
These courses provide you with vocational training skills in discrete occupational areas.
Courses of further study include the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in primary or secondary teaching (known as the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Scotland), the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Masters courses in information management and museum studies, and certificates in corporate finance and personnel practice.
Almost 60% of history graduates are in employment in the UK six months after graduation, with a further 27% doing further study or combining study with work.
Professions featured in the top five occupations held by graduates employed in the UK include marketing associate professionals and HR and industrial relations officers.
|Working and studying||6.8%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||19.4%|
|Business, HR and financial||14.9%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||14.5%|
|Marketing, PR and sales||10.9%|
For a detailed breakdown of what history graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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