History graduates find employers respect and desire the skills they acquire. Popular career routes include education such as research or teaching, politics, law, business, social care, arts and museum curatorship...
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 some skills that are relevant to your career interests. Many workplace skills are transferable to any career but there may also be specific things you can learn that will help make your CV more relevant and gain you an interview. For example, experience working with museum collections if you want to pursue a career in curatorship.
You may be able to volunteer to help out at a local charity or heritage organisation, and most banks and law firms will offer a certain number of work experience opportunities.
Internships may offer you the chance for more structured work experience and are usually well advertised, making them easier to seek out. Although expect strong competition so be sure to research the company in question thoroughly before approaching.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Typical employers of history graduates include banks, television and radio broadcasters, national and local government, management consultancies, law firms, schools, higher education institutions and retailers.
Some history graduates apply to the Civil Service Fast Stream or find work in public sector management roles. Charities and heritage organisations are also potential employers.
A degree in history develops your:
Many postgraduate courses accept graduates from any subject, and this allows history graduates to choose subjects as diverse as accountancy, journalism, law, museum studies, teaching and librarianship. These courses provide you with vocational training skills in discrete occupational areas.
Popular areas for further study include the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in primary and secondary teaching, Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), Masters courses in information management, and certificates in corporate finance and personnel practice.
The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) has details about postgraduate study, training courses and funding opportunities.
Professions in the top ten occupations held by graduates in employment in the UK include, marketing associate professionals, HR and industrial relations officers and business associate professionals.
|Working and studying||7.6%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||19.8%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||15.1%|
|Marketing, PR and sales||12.7%|
|Business, HR and financial||12.3%|
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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