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  Bayeux Tapestry, Bayeux, Normandy

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As you can see, History students are very employable, 91 per cent of History graduates in 2010 are either in work, further study or a combination of the two.




This data is collected every year by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to show what HE students do six months after graduation.

Careers with a History Degree:

  • Accounts Clerk
  • Advertising & Marketing Executive
  • Armed Forces: NCOs & Other Ranks 
  • Author, Writer
  • Business Analyst
  • Buyer & Purchasing Officer
  • Civil Service Executive Officer
  • Curator (Museum)
  • Editor
  • Educational Assistant
  • General Office Assistant
  • Investment  Adviser / Merchant Banker
  • Journalist
  • Language Assistant
  • Legal Executive & Paralegal
  • Librarian
  • Management Consultant
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Merchandiser
  • Navy Officer
  • Personal Assistant
  • Police Officer
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Secondary Teacher
  • Senior Official of Trade Union
  • Stage & Studio Manager
  • Teaching Professional
  • Translator
  • Youth Worker

 You can find out more about what History graduates do from across the University of London.

History students have much to offer potential employers with their wide range of skills allowing for a wide range of careers.

It’s particularly important to identify what you have to offer employers as a recent survey found that more employers look at ‘employability skills’  when selecting graduate employees.

Skills acquired from your degree:

  • critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively, often through extensive reading
  • intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct research using different types of tools, such as information and communications technology, and sources
  • the ability to construct an argument by selecting and ordering relevant evidence and then to communicate findings in a structured, clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing
  • additional communication skills, such as negotiating, questioning and summarising
  • self-motivation and self-reliance with the ability to work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities effectively
  • the ability to discuss ideas in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement
  • the capacity to think objectively and approach problems and new situations with an open mind
  • an appreciation of the different factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society

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Not everyone wants to continue their academic interests into the workplace. You may feel you need help in deciding what to do next.





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 Dr Melinda Haunton 




 PhD 1992

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 National Archives


 Programme Manager

The National Archives (TNA) is the UK government’s official archive, containing over 1,000 years of history. They give detailed guidance to government departments and the public sector on information management and advise others about the care of historical archives.


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