There are numerous careers for students who come to university to study for a degree in history, and our history and joint degree graduates are highly skilled and readily employable. Due to the flexible nature of our degrees you will acquire a range of skills, notably communication skills, critical thinking, data analysis, self-reliance and team-working skills, all of which make you particularly attractive to potential employers.
Staff in the School discuss how a degree in history helps you when entering employment after university.
An undergraduate degree in history opens a multitude of career pathways, with our recent graduates going into careers in law, accountancy, TV and radio, journalism, the Civil Service, the police and armed forces, IT, teaching, banking and retail. Others go on to advanced study, in academic disciplines or other professions.
Recent data collated by the University indicates that 83.4% of University of Leicester History graduates (2010/11) went into paid employment and/or further study upon completing their undergraduate degree. For further information on the employment destinations of University of Leicester graduates see the Graduate Destinations Survey.
What you will have gained
When you graduate you will be equipped with a variety of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers across a range of professions. You will enter the job market with excellent communication skills, research expertise and IT skills. Your interpretive abilities will be superb; you will have immersed yourself in scholarly papers and documents, be able to manage your time, and problem solve. You will be independent and self-motivated, but also experienced in team work.
Further links for career advice
The University's Career Development Service offers a range of advice on planning your entry into the job market. You can find information on obtaining work experience through part-time work, internships, volunteering, and business start-up and enterprise. Through the Career Development website, you can also access guides to employer events on campus, further study and postgraduate opportunities at the University of Leicester and beyond, as well as one-to-one advice on networking, writing job applications, CV preparation and interview skills.