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What can I do with my degree in Classics and Archaeology?

Other careers

The analytical and communication skills developed through a Classics and Archaeology degree are likely to be useful in the following career areas:

Chartered Accountant

Chartered accountants provide financial advice to clients that range from multinational organisations and governmental bodies to small independent businesses. Accountants often specialise in particular areas of practice, including audit, management consultancy, recovery, forensic accountancy, taxation, assurance, and corporate finance.
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“My degree helped me to develop many important skills, including initiative, commitment and communication skills. Going on a study tour and a three-week archaeological excavation also provided excellent topics to talk about in graduate interviews”

Mark Desai, Trainee Chartered Accountant, BA Archaeology and Ancient History (Birmingham) 2014

Civil Service Fast Stream administrator

The Fast Stream is a development programme designed to prepare graduates for careers at the highest levels of the Civil Service and Diplomatic Service.
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Intelligence analyst

Intelligence analysts work to protect UK national security and to detect and prevent serious organised crime through the acquisition, evaluation, analysis and assessment of secret intelligence.
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I Want to Work In: Intelligence

Librarian

Library and information staff manage, organise, evaluate and disseminate information. In specialist libraries (such as local history libraries) or universities, history graduates may be able to use their subject knowledge directly.
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I Want to Work In: Librarianship and Archives

Management consultant

Management consultants help organisations to solve issues, in particular those concerned with the strategy, structure, management and operations of an organisation. They provide objective advice and expertise that will identify options for the organisation, and suggest recommendations for change.
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Market researcher

Plans, co-ordinates and manages market research projects, collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative information and communicating it to clients.
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Solicitor

Solicitors provide expert legal support and advice to clients (who may be individuals, groups, public sector organisations or private companies), take instructions from clients and advise on necessary courses of legal action. Non-law graduates can enter the legal profession after a one-year conversion course, which in some cases may be funded by future employers.
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I Want to Work in Law
“The analytical skills and attention to detail that I have developed from translating ancient texts have been of great benefit. For example, I was involved in drafting a merger submission to the Office of Fair Trading. This required me to research and evaluate potential arguments as to why the merger should not be referred to the Competition Commission, demanding a high-level economic analysis of the markets of the merging entities”

Corporate lawyer

Advertising Account Executive

Advertising account executives act as a link between advertising agencies and their clients. They are responsible for the coordination of advertising campaigns and liaising with all involved, within and outside the agency. They manage administrative and campaign work and ensure that advertising projects are completed on time and on budget. May also be known as account manager, account handler or client services executive.
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Systems analyst

Systems analysts examine IT systems and procedures, in both business and not-for-profit organisations. They liaise between users of IT systems and programmers and other technical specialists in order to ensure that the systems meets the user’s requirements and will function efficiently and effectively.
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After an undergraduate degree in Classics, I worked for several years as a programmer, systems designer and systems analyst, mostly in the NHS, before returning to higher education. My PhD project investigated the evaluation of information systems in the NHS.  I joined Northumbria University immediately afterwards.  My main teaching interests are now in the area of game development, including ludology, narrative, and game production
Dr Julie Horton, Senior Lecturer, University of Northumbria

You may be interested in graduate roles outside of Classics and Archaeology. There are many employers who are looking for graduates with good degrees but that don’t have a preference for the subject studied. To explore different career options see:

 

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Last Updated: 10/09/2019