History at Leicester

Career opportunities

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, critical thinking, data analysis, self-reliance and team-working skills, all of which make you particularly attractive to potential employers.

Graduate destinations

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
  • Retail
  • Advanced study

Recent data collated by the University indicates that 94.7% of University of Leicester History graduates (2015/16) went into paid employment and/or further study upon completing their undergraduate degree.

What you will gain

When you graduate you will be equipped with a variety of skills which are highly valued by employers across a range of professions, such as:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Research expertise
  • IT skills
  • Superb interpretive abilities
  • Experience with and scholarly papers and documents
  • Time management skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • The ability to work independently and self-motivate
  • Teamwork

Career Development Service

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.

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