Careers with a history degree
As with most humanities and social sciences subjects, you can access a wide range of graduate careers with a history degree. History graduates should acquire broad knowledge of past issues of human endeavour, and develop an analytical mind set in order to apply this historical knowledge to the societal problems of today. This mindset, honed with a deep insight into the political, cultural and social motivations of historical figures, events and movements, is extremely well-suited to careers that are focused on the cultural, economic, political and/or social issues present in the modern world.
Graduate careers suited to history degree graduates include:
Marketing, advertising and public relations careers
The strong analytical and communications skills developed during your history degree should leave you well-prepared for careers in marketing, advertising and public relations. Knowledge of how society and culture has been shaped throughout history will help you to identify and effectively communicate with different target audiences, continuing to develop your understanding of how people behave and respond to a variety of factors.
Media and journalism careers
History degree graduates’ strong analytical skills may also be especially valuable within media and journalism; the ability to interpret a set of facts and tell a compelling story is just as important for a good historian as for a successful reporter. As a writer, editor, broadcaster or media guru, your ability to approach political, cultural and social spheres with a critical eye could help you create some of the most memorable news stories around.
Research and heritage careers
If you have a strong specialist interest in a particular field of history, you may consider pursuing a career in research. This could be in an educational setting, perhaps as a university researcher and lecturer, or within a heritage role in a museum, gallery or archive where the focus is on preserving professional and public knowledge. Additional specialized courses may prove useful for some of these roles.
Other professional sectors where you’ll find lots of history degree graduates include law, teaching, business and finance, politics and the public sector.
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