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From heritage, to finance, classics, classical civilisation and ancient history can open up a huge variety of career opportunities. Learn more about your career options and how we can support you on your journey.

Studying classics subjects develops skills and abilities that
make you very versatile in the graduate job market and over
the years, graduates have pursued varied career pathways.

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What skills will I gain during my degree?

The skills gained from studying classics subjects are transferable to a wide range of areas which means that graduates can, and do enter a diverse range of roles and sectors.

A classics graduate typically will have the following skills:

  • ability to absorb complex information, analyse and draw conclusions
  • critical thinking and reasoning
  • ability to formulate arguments to present in both the spoken and written word
  • work autonomously and with others through group tasks
  • time management and organisation
  • presentation

It is important that you can talk about these skills on application forms and in interviews.

What careers could I enter?

Many graduate employers will recruit students from any discipline into a wide range of careers and classics students are well placed to be very competitive in the job market.

In the past few years, classics graduates who seek employment have found themselves in a diverse range of roles with major employers and professions. Examples include:

  • education
  • recruitment
  • retail
  • marketing and public relations
  • heritage
  • finance, and
  • the police

Types of Jobs - explore roles and sectors

38% of graduates leaving classics courses in the 2015/16 academic year enrolled in further study within six months of graduating. Some study higher degrees in classics and related areas while others take vocational training courses to enter professions such as teaching, law and health professions.


Clive Olamiju - classics graduate

Clive talks about his role as an Operations Executive (supply chain) at Propercorn and how the skills he developed during his degree are transferable to a business career.


Stepping stones from my degree

It is true to say that many classics graduates (and other subjects) take some time building their career through a series of roles to get to a specific career where they want to be or even to decide what job suits them.

This could be due to a variety of reasons for example:  the sector they want to enter requires an entry-level position (for example: heritage, media roles and publishing) or they are saving up to fund a postgraduate course or travel and therefore their first destination is a stop gap.


How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Developing skills outside your degree course will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. Some examples are listed below.

Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and whenOn this course you can choose to study an optional second year placement module. Watch the video on work placements.

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 300 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our eMentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support via email from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.


Enhance your digital skills

Digital skills are essential in many career fields including advertising, publishing, marketing and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability.

More about digital industries

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exchanges programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.

Exchange programmes

Psychometric tests

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process.They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.

Use our example tests


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