Studying History provides graduates with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that are highly valued by employers.
Unlike vocational courses you are not being trained for a specific job. There are many options to choose from and reading this guide will give you some ideas to help you start thinking about your future possibilities and career goals.
Look at what other students have gone on to achieve.
The demand for graduate level skills remains high across a wide range of sectors in Greater Manchester.
Understanding the skills you have gained as an undergraduate will greatly enhance your chances of successfully finding graduate opportunities.
Some questions to consider when reading this:
- What are your strengths?
- What matters to you about work?
- What are your interests, priorities and values?
- Who do you want to work with? E.g. A certain type of client?
- Which organisations are doing the type of work that interests you?
- What are the ways in? Will you need to do a specialist post-graduate course or will relevant work experience/volunteering be enough?
- Have you logged into MyCareerHub to search for vacancies?
- Have you made an appointment to talk though your ideas with one of our Careers and Employability Consultants?
- Do you understand your preferences?
How will my History degree make me employable?
Employers value the research and analytical skills developed by history graduates and the ability to communicate information in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing.
Know your options and think about other marketable skills that you might have.
Use Prospects to learn about the career options with your History degree.
Other marketable skills include:
- A talent for clear expression, both oral and written, commanding a broad range of vocabulary and critical terminology: A crucial skill in any job, but especially primary and secondary teaching, HE lecturing, creative writing or journalism (broadcast, magazine, newspaper or digital).
- Putting forward ideas and arguments in a concise and persuasive manner: Useful if you are consider training as a solicitor or barrister, working in marketing, sales or advertising accounts management.
- Tracking trends and assessing their long-term impact on our lives today: Could give you an edge in trend forecasting, advertising and brand management, political research and features journalism.
- Basing conclusions on research and generating ideas: Essential skills for all types of researcher roles e.g. in TV and radio, public policy, conference production, business research, market research and management consultancy.
- The ability to gather, evaluate and interpret information: Opens possibilities for working in data analysis, information management, intelligence gathering (MI5), law enforcement, risk management (insurance, financial advice), genealogy and the legal and accountancy professions.
- Appreciation of the different factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society essential skills for: Public services, policy and research roles.
- Having empathy, insight and ability to take on board others’ views: Crucial in any job but essential skills for advice and guidance, health and social care and counselling roles.
- Thinking creatively, critically and independently, identifying, absorbing and sifting complex information: Highly valuable in public policy and research roles.
- Organising and cataloguing material in a logical and coherent way: Historians make excellent librarians, archivists, gallery and museum curators, logistics experts and project managers.
Skills gained at University level include:
- Prioritising & managing your time effectively.
- Using initiative, self-motivation and a drive and determination to get things done.
- Planning and researching written work, finding relevant information from a range of resources.
- Understanding and explaining complex theories and arguments.
- Critically analysing and evaluating evidence and arguments.
- Ability to work independently.
- Recording and summarising information efficiently.
- Gaining a good understanding of the uses of information technology and developing a range of IT skills.
- Leading and participating in discussions and developing confidence in your own opinions.
- Project management.
- Using judgment when weighing up different options and alternative perspectives.
- Working towards a solution using negotiation skills.
- Working with others when presenting ideas, information and practical work.
- Making presentations/public speaking.
- Understanding your own role and strengths in a team.
Job options related to your History Degree Include:
Jobs directly related to your History degree:
Jobs where a History degree would be useful:
Other employment sectors to consider:
Many employers will recruit you because of your skills, irrespective of your degree.
You can research different job sectors and below gives you an overview of other possible sectors to consider. You can research these via Prospects website.
Accountancy and Consultancy: You need a good GCSE in maths and a competency with numbers. For example RSM Tenon, are a professional services firm offering risk management, tax, recovery, financial management and business advisory services. Minimum entry requirements *240 UCAS points (the UCAS tariff has changed so check with UCAS) and 2:2 degree projected in any subject.
Advertising, Marketing and PR: Entry is very competitive but digital marketing, including writing copy for blogs and social media is a growth area. For example, Heamar a supplier of specialist military specification tooling and components to the Military, Aerospace, Medical, Motor Sport and Mass Transit Industries, advertised for a Digital Marketing Trainee on MyCareerHub. Whilst the applicant needed to demonstrate a reasonable understanding and experience of digital marketing activities, they also considered candidates with a strong background in creative writing/copywriting and/or with exceptional English language skills.
Banking and Finance: AON, an insurance broker based in Manchester, recruits graduate trainees from any discipline for some of its roles. For example to apply for their Health & Benefits Broking and Consulting Stream, you must be educated to degree level with a 2:1 or equivalent qualification in any discipline. You should also be enthusiastic, creative and ambitious.
Business and Management: Many of the UK’s largest companies offer graduate schemes where you can specialise in different areas of business. Bentley Cars, based in Crewe, have a Graduate Development Programme offering trainee roles in sales and marketing, HR, finance, purchasing and logistics.
Community and Voluntary Sector: Although there are relatively few graduate trainee posts, you can train as a youth and community worker, or move into paid administrative or fundraising roles. This is usually when you have experience gained in other industries or have already been a volunteer.
Government and Public Administration: Although this sector has seen a reduction in jobs, the public sector is still a big recruiter and encompasses jobs in the Civil Service, regional and devolved government, NHS management, local government, law enforcement and intelligence services. The NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme prepares recruits for management roles in HR, finance and general management.
Health and Social Care: This is a huge sector, which is changing rapidly in the way it is structured and the job roles within it. It is important to keep up-to-date with current issues if you are considering entry. Jobs include Social Worker, Specialist Community Support Workers, Residential care management, counselling and work within charities.
Postgraduate study may be required in some occupations, or may give you the competitive edge over other candidates.
It is important that you research your options before starting your applications. Read our guide for more information on Postgraduate Study and Funding.
Search for courses on these websites:
What have Manchester Met’s History graduates done?
The following information represents some of the next steps for Manchester Met History graduates:
- Police Officer.
- University Faculty Marketing Officer.
- Civil Servant at the Department of Transport.
- Researcher - Civil Service.
- Finance and Investment Analyst.
- Conference and Exhibition Manager.
- Welfare and Housing Officer.
- Industrial Relations Officer.
- Business Development Manager.
- Freelance Journalist.
- FE Enterprise Co-ordinator.
- Charity Projects Officer.
- Human Resources Officer.
- Researcher – Civil Service.
- PGCE Secondary History.
- PGCE Primary.
- Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).
- MA Public History and Heritage.
- MA International Relations and Global Communications.
- MA Classics & Ancient History.
Be inspired by other Manchester Met History Graduates.
Resources to Research Career Areas:
Finding Graduate Opportunities:
Careers and Employability provide information and advice on job searching and we advertise hundreds part-time opportunities, vacation work, placements, internships and graduate jobs vacancies throughout the year on MyCareerHub. To access these vacancies simply login with your Manchester Met Student ID number and password.
Graduate Recruitment Schemes have many different names, offered by larger organisations, from multinational companies to opportunities in the NHS, civil service, and local government. Graduate schemes typically last for around two years
Here are some examples:
- Civil Service Fast Stream: An accelerated graduate scheme, designed to prepare graduates for senior managerial positions. This is the main Civil Service gateway listing all levels of vacancies, including graduate vacancies not recruited via the Fast Stream, searchable by region. You can also create email alerts for jobs that may interest you.
- NHS Graduate Training Scheme.
- Other jobs in the NHS.
- National Graduate Development Programme: You do not have to go onto a graduate scheme once you graduate, most graduates will be employed directly into organisations. Recruitment for graduate schemes is more structured, and opportunities are typically open in October each year and close around December. This means that you should be ready to apply in October at the end level 5 study. Read our guide for more information on Looking for Graduate Jobs.
Only a small proportion of the UK job market is made up of graduate schemes. Most graduates will be employed directly into individual positions within organisations. Recruitment for these jobs is less structured in timing and promotion than graduate recruitment schemes, meaning vacancies can be harder to find. Many companies choose to advertise on the web in industry specific journals, magazines and websites, on their own company websites or via specialised, recruitment agencies. You need to familiarise yourself with the sector you are interested in.
- Ad Job Wall: An intern, placement and job site for the creative industry.
- Arts Council: All internships are paid unless part of a further or higher education course.
- Arts Hub: Large listing of arts and creative jobs including internships and work experience.
- Arts Job Finder: Part of Arts Professional - Wide range of jobs across the arts sector.
- BBC Careers: Includes information on trainee schemes and apprenticeships.
- Creative Access: Paid internships in the creative industries /minority ethnic backgrounds.
- Creative Skillset: Creative Industries opportunities job roles available.
- English Heritage: Job opportunities with English Heritage.
- Historic England: Jobs and volunteering opportunities with Historic England.
- Heritage Lottery Fund: Jobs in communications, finance, grant-giving and development, human resources, IT, legal, office services, secretariat and strategic and business development.
- Museum Jobs: Find jobs in museums, galleries, libraries and archives.
- National Archives.
- National Trust Jobs.
- RSA: Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
- Guardian Jobs Arts and Heritage: Good Search facility including by graduate level.
- Prospects: Employer Profiles.
- Target Jobs.
- The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers: As chosen by graduates.
- The Job Crowd: Arts & media graduate careers.
Professional bodies, sector and labour market information:
Working for Yourself:
Read our guide for information on Working for yourself.
Some Manchester Met graduates have also successfully started their own business/social enterprise.
- Innospace: Manchester Met’s business incubator for start-ups and new enterprises.
- UnLtd: The foundation for social entrepreneurs, provide packages of support and funding for people who want to make a difference. They support individuals with entrepreneurial solutions to social issues.
Check here to explore if self-employment is the right choice for you.
How else can you make yourself employable?
Careers and Employability Support:
The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates:
Find Opportunities: We advertise hundreds of part time, graduate and internship roles through My Career Hub.
Careers Consultant Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment and get expert advice from our specialist Careers Consultants.
For more information visit our website.