Careers and Employability
The strength of the School of History's degrees means our graduates are highly sought after; the 2014 National Student Survey showed that 85% of students were in employment or further study shortly after graduation. Due to this, career prospects for history graduates are wide ranging, with our students launching careers in anything from teaching to business, research to politics.
The School is committed to providing programmes that equip students with the transferable skills and knowledge attractive to employers and essential for meeting the demands of the modern workplace. For example, historians develop excellent skills of analysis, frequently assessing multiple and often conflicting sources before condensing opinions into concise, well-structured prose. Our graduates are also self-motivated, with the ability to work independently, demonstrating to potential employers that they respond positively to various challenges, work to tight schedules, and manage heavy workloads.
In addition, the University offers a number of extra-curricular and work experience opportunities for students to take on alongside their studies.
The following sections contain information on what you can expect from both the University and the School to help you make the most of your degree, ensuring you progress onto a successful career.
Current students can also access more information about careers and employability through the Employability Portal on Moodle.
"The day after results day I was offered a full time job as a Trainee Oral Historian, working for Eastside Community Heritage. My History degree has come in handy at work, and I am proud to be able to directly put it to use."
Now working as a Trainee Oral Historian
In recent years history graduates have held the following key positions in civil society: chancellor of the exchequer, chair of the BBC Board of Governors, vice-chancellor and chancellor of Oxford University, chairman of the joint intelligence committee and head of MI6, director of the National Criminal Intelligence Service, General Secretary of the TUC, chairman of Manchester United, Olympic champion and world record holder, and heir to the throne.
On completing their studies with us, students find themselves prepared for a wide range of different career options. Graduates from the School of History have launched successful careers from Stonehenge Custodian to IT Technician at Chelsea Football Club; Producer at the BBC to Warden at Windsor Castle; and even the CEO of EasyJet.
"My PhD has helped my broader career by showing that I am a committed and hard-working individual who is able to conduct critical analysis and present results in an intelligible manner."
Awarded a PhD in 2011
Now works for the British Government
"When I graduated, I found employers were very aware of the competencies that we historians develop during our studies. My job is to analyse information and data relating to serious crime. What impressed my employer was that I could easily adapt the skills I used at university."
Now working as a Crime Analyst
"My degree has given me an understanding of today's army and the persisting themes and trends throughout its history. It has given me a head start in appreciating the nature of the world in which the army operates and the pressures it finds itself under."
Military History graduate
Went onto the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst