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A degree in history can lead to a diverse range of opportunities
from marketing to finance. Learn more about your career options and how we can support you on your journey.

As a history student, you will develop skills that make you very versatile in the job market. Over the years history graduates have utilised their skills and knowledge in a wide range of career pathways.

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What skills will I gain during my degree?

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

A history graduate typically will have the following skills:

  • critical reasoning and analysis
  • problem-solving and creative thinking
  • planning and researching written work
  • gaining evidence and communicating findings in a clear structured manner
  • communication both orally and written
  • objective thinking plus the ability to consider a range of viewpoints
  • presenting ideas and information
  • information technology
  • using a broad range of vocabulary and critical terminology

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

What are my career options?

95% of graduates leaving history courses in the 2015/16 academic year secured work or futher study within six months of graduating.

It is unusual to go directly into a job that requires history subject knowledge (for example: teaching, heritage and archives) until completing a course of further study, which some do straight after graduation, while others gain relevant experience first.

With a flexible combination of skills, history graduates who can demonstrate their abilities pursue a wide variety of careers, including:

  • education
  • law
  • research
  • accountancy
  • marketing and public relations
  • journalism
  • information management
  •  retail

Typical employers include banks, television and radio broadcasters, national and local government, marketing agencies, banks and accountancy firms, management consultancies, law firms, schools,
higher education institutions and retailers.

Types of Jobs - explore roles and sectors


Evie Boneham, history graduate

Evie talks about her role as Assistant Brand Manager at Boots and how she uses the skills she developed during her degree at work.


Stepping stones from my degree

It is true to say that many history 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 when

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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