Department of History

Successful graduates - History

A history degree prepares graduates for a wide range of professions. Some of the most popular include: journalism and publishing, law, business and finance, national and local government, non-governmental organisations (both national and international), administration, teaching, library and museum work, and research.




David Bell
David Bell
BA History / Senior Associate, Audit & Assurance, Deloitte LLP

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Studying history at the University of Nottingham allowed me to spend three years immersed in a subject that was stimulating and enjoyable. I had great flexibility to tailor the degree to my own tastes, especially in my final year. The inter-personal skills that I developed in my 3 years studying history, as well as the confidence I developed communicating in both oral and written form, were instrumental in me securing a place on the Deloitte Audit & Assurance graduate scheme.

Every day at Deloitte I find myself interacting with a range of people from different backgrounds and analysing significant amounts of information in order to pick out the key issues and potential problems. The skills developed whilst researching for my essays and dissertation, preparing for seminars and participating in debates and discussions were really useful in preparing me for the realities of life at Deloitte.

Employers understand and appreciate the skills developed whilst studying a history degree. When I joined Deloitte we undertook an intensive training process and I am studying for the ACA qualification alongside my work, so a lack of technical knowledge from my degree has not hampered me in any way. In fact, the soft skills that a history degree allows you to develop have often given me an advantage in the workplace.

Choosing to study history at the University of Nottingham is one of the best decisions I ever made, and I would thoroughly recommend it to you!

Benjamin Junk
MA History

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How has your Nottingham qualification helped your career?

I was able to land certain jobs on the way to my current position thanks for having an MA and an MA from one of the better Universities in the world. It was habit to promote the status of the University of Nottingham during all my job interviews. The qualification helped in more profound ways. It cultivated a way of thinking, ways of gathering information, identifying evidence, and then creating a something valuable from the information.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

I quite liked the variety and quality of my professors and fellow grad students at the University of Nottingham. I doubt I shall ever be so lucky to be a part of such a thoughtful and inspired group of people.


Victoria Hayward
MA History / European Advisor, The UK Research Office

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How has your Nottingham qualification helped your career?

My History degree equipped me with some very important skills: critical thought, the ability to write coherently and fluently, and the confidence to express my opinions and argue from different perspectives. Without the formative development afforded to me by my degree, I would not have been able to succeed in my chosen career.

How did you get your first relevant role related to the career you are working in now?

After the Nottingham graduate trainee scheme, I got my job managing EU projects at the university. This experience directly led on to me getting my current job out in Brussels, which is more policy based, but which I would not have gotten had it not been for the practical experience I got with the EU project management job. In turn I wouldn’t have gotten this role had it not been for the experience I gained on the Graduate Trainee Scheme.

What is your greatest professional achievement to date?

Getting my job in Brussels - it was very competitive, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to work overseas. I really enjoy the policy based work, and have a lot of independence with my role.

Why did you choose Nottingham?

From the league tables - when I came to university Nottingham was in the top 10 for History.

Why would you recommend studying at Nottingham?

Fantastic academic expertise and great opportunities to study abroad!

What advice would you give to others who are about to start at Nottingham?

Make the most of all the opportunities available (particularly studying abroad!). If you need to work while you study (like I did) then make sure you let your lecturers/tutor know that you are trying to balance these things - I felt really supported during my time at Nottingham, balancing these things, and also during any time that I needed any help generally.

Beth Rowland
BA English and History

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How has your Nottingham qualification helped your career?

Employers are always impressed by my degree from the University of Nottingham. They recognise it as a high-quality institution that cares about their students and produces hard-working, dedicated and intelligent graduates. I’m proud that my degree has helped my career start in a fantastic way. I don’t think I’d be doing the job I’m now doing without my degree.

What did you enjoy most about studying here?

Nottingham is such a vibrant and exciting city, and the University of Nottingham is the perfect place to settle as a student. I loved the amount of activities on offer at the University, and got involved with lots of societies when I was a student. I made friends, contacts and learnt skills that make Nottingham a memorable and helpful time in my life.



Department of History

University of Nottingham
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