15 months after graduating
90% of our history graduates are in work or further study*
81% say that their degree was a formal requirement for their job or gave them an advantage
Studying history at the University of Plymouth will open a wide range of career choices. You could consider using your passion and interest in history to work within the education sector as a secondary school teacher, further education teacher or higher education lecturer. You could also use your historical knowledge to engage with the public through archives, museums, galleries, heritage and the media in order enhance their understanding of the past. Since understanding the past can illuminate the present, you could also consider using your skills to work in health, policy and government. Indeed, some history students consider graduate schemes such as The Local Government Graduate Development Programme or the Civil Service Fast Stream.
Along with working in heritage there are a range of opportunities within the growing creative and cultural industries. These include media related roles, such as working for the BBC as a researcher or being a broadcast journalist.
Many history students use their high level analytical and problem-solving skills to pursue a career within law and the criminal justice system.
You could also consider a less obvious path such as search engine optimisation (SEO), user experience design (UX), content marketing or a role within the business, banking and finance sector.
Since specific career paths may be less obvious it is important to use your research skills to explore the range of opportunities and to consider your personal interests, motivations, values and strengths.
Researching your career options
Given the diversity of career options open to history graduates, it is important to research and explore these fully so that you can make informed decisions about your future.
The following websites provide helpful information on options with a history degree:
General history links: Gaining work experience
Locally in Plymouth there are many opportunities to get involved with such as:
Below is a snapshot of what University of Plymouth history graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these roles served as stepping-stones by providing relevant work experience.
- Army Officer
- Assistant Researcher
- Audit and Accounts Associate
- Digital Artist
- Historical Researcher
- History Teacher
- Imports Co-ordinator
- Operations Executive
- Online Learning Developer
- Project Engineer
- Development Officer
- Events Manager
- Bishopsteignton Heritage
- British Army
- Launceston College
- Portland Private Office
- Prysm Media Group
- Rouse Partners LLP
- Responsible Life
- Westgate Communications
- Weston-super-Mare Town Council
- Williams and Hill Forwarding
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 52 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.