History graduates enter a wide variety of careers using their interpretative, analytical and written communication skills.  Some history graduates will enter areas directly related to their degree subject where there is often the opportunity to use the specific knowledge gained from studying history. Others enter areas not directly related to their degree. Knowledge and understanding of history and historical development is a considerable asset for a range of occupations.


In addition to having a broad knowledge of history and understanding of the context of the world in the past, history graduates possess a range of skills, typically including demonstrating command of a substantial body of historical knowledge 

As a history graduate you are likely to:

  • understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the context of the past 
  • read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically 
  • appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities 
  • recognise that there are ways of testing statements and that there are rules of evidence which require integrity and maturity 
  • reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline
  • marshal an argument and be self disciplined and intellectually independent
  • express themselves orally and in writing with coherence, clarity and fluency 
  • gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information
  • analyse and solve problems 
  • use ICT effectively 
  • use information retrieval and presentation skills 
  • exercise self discipline, self direction and initiative 
  • work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views 
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in group discussions 
  • show empathy and imaginative insight

Overall, the skills from your degree explain why many employers have a positive view of history graduates as these skills are in demand in many roles and settings.

Career Options

There is no typical career path for a history graduate; only small numbers follow careers directly related to this subject.  To generate ideas on what jobs or careers might suit you; use the Prospects web-based tool Prospects Planner. To explore career, further study and job options with a degree in history use the Prospects website which has an options with your subject section.  History graduates are valued by a range of public and private sector employers.

History graduates are found in all sectors -  museums and heritage, galleries, libraries, media and PR, law, education, civil service, armed services, accountancy, business and politics are just a few.  Whilst this means there are many opportunities open to you, it also means you will need to be persistent and creative with your job search.  

Nearly 22% of history graduates go on to further study in subjects such as teaching, housing policy, hospitality management, museum and heritage management and of course further research into history.



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:33