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:

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:

Skills gained at University level include:

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. 

Further Study:

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.

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What have Manchester Met’s History graduates done?

The following information represents some of the next steps for Manchester Met History graduates:

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:

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.

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.

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.

Careers and Employability Support

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