Department of History

Careers for history students

The skills that you acquire on a Nottingham history degree are versatile, wide-ranging and transferable and will prepare you for a wide range of professions. These skills include the ability to:

  • think critically, imaginatively and independently
  • analyse large amounts of data
  • interpret different types of sources
  • conduct independent research
  • construct logical arguments
  • communicate knowledge, ideas and arguments intelligibly and efficiently, orally and on paper
  • work effectively in teams
  • manage time and workloads
  • lead discussions, presentations and debates

Employers talk about the skills Arts students can gain from studying a subject that they love and how these can benefit them in the future.


Second year History student, Laurence Britton, introduces the Careers and Employability Service.

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A top target for leading graduate employers

The University of Nottingham is one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers, a new report has shown.
The latest report by High Fliers Research showed that Nottingham came second in their list of universities targeted by the largest number of top employers in 2014/15. The report is based on research conducted during December 2014 with the UK's 100 leading graduate employers including BP, EDF Energy, the Civil Service, IBM, Goldman Sachs, PwC, Google and HSBC.

Despite more than 140 universities now offering undergraduate degree courses in the UK, giving employers the widest-ever choice from which to recruit graduates, the research found that for the 2014/15 recruitment period the majority of top employers have targeted between just 10 and 25 universities each. 

Careers and Employability Service

The University's Careers and Employability Service offers support and guidance and can greatly assist in the transition to the next stage of your career after graduation.

Our dedicated team has specialised knowledge of the career fields popular with students in the School of Humanities.

Services on offer include:

  • Careers advice
  • CV reviews
  • Drop-in sessions
  • Graduate job fairs
  • Latest vacancies listings

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Careers skills and work experience

There are a wide range of opportunities to gain vital work and practical skills to complement your studies, and give you an edge with your CV. 

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers undergraduate students more than 150 modules to develop extracurricular interests – including volunteering and entrepreneurship – and personalise career development. Completed modules will be added to your degree transcript when you graduate and, if you finish the full 30-credit Award, you will receive a completion certificate.

The Award helps provide the vision to achieve your goals as well as give you the opportunity to stand out and offer recognition for your commitment. You can include Award activities on your CV as evidence that you have been involved in various projects at university and it is widely recognised by employers.

Other opportunities include:

  • Peer mentoring: Helps new students settle into the department and get to know the other students in the years above.
  • Volunteering: Community based opportunities to suit your interests and career aspirations.
  • Teacher Associate Scheme: Work alongside an established classroom teacher to offer support in a school or college.
  • Study abroad: Broaden your horizons, experience different cultures, meet new people and enhance your career prospects.
  • Part-time and vacation work: A range of paid opportunities to gain vital work experience.


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Department of History

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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