Careers and Employability Service

What can I do with my degree in History?

Other careers

A  History degree may be useful in the following career areas because the skills it develops are likely to be important to do these jobs:

  • 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.
  • Intelligence officer
    Intelligence officers work to protect UK national security and to detect and prevent serious organised crime through the acquisition, evaluation, analysis and assessment of secret intelligence.
  • Journalist
    Journalists research, write and present stories, features and articles across a range of media platforms – newspapers, magazines, television, radio and internet. Experience gained in student journalism will be helpful in breaking into this area.
  • Politician's assistant
    Politicians' assistants provide administrative and research support to elected politicians. The work may involve liaison with constituents, the politician’s party, the media and other bodies; diary management and campaigning.
  • Publishing
    This covers the production of books, magazines and online publishing, generalist or specialist (including academic publishers). Graduates may work in editorial roles or in business roles such as production and marketing.
  • 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.

You may be interested in graduate roles outside of History. 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