Many of the things happening around the world today are influenced by the past. Piecing information together to create a complete picture of an event, society or era requires analytical, creativity and critical thinking skills. These skills are transferable to a range of other roles, from law and market research to economics, finance and business.
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What workplace skills does history develop?

Debating: In careers as diverse as law, politics, bid writing, marketing and sales, you’ll need to be able to persuade others, using evidence to back up your case.

Research: Research is vital to paralegals preparing for legal cases, journalists and writers working on a story or article, and analysts investigating their area of expertise.

Time management: Most jobs involve deadlines or juggling priorities, from customer service, project management and IT support to contract work and freelancing. 

And one you might not have thought of...

Staying positive: The past teaches us that things can change for the better. Positivity is vital when you're up against a professional challenge such as a difficult customer, a tough problem or a steep learning curve.

What jobs can you get with history? 

Archaeologist: Study history up to A-level then consider a degree such as archaeology, anthropology, history, conservation or heritage management.

Conservation officer: After studying history to A-level, choose a degree in a subject like history, history of art or conservation.

Broadcast journalist: Study history to A-level then do a journalism degree or an apprenticeship in broadcast journalism.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 


Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a history-related career include: culture and heritage venue officer, teaching assistant, government communications officer, creative media content apprentice, e-commerce apprentice, legal project executive, tourism project administrator, social media officer.


In 2017, 16.9% of graduates got jobs in business, finance or HR such as HR assistant manager, investment banking analyst and operations underwriting assistant. Over one in 10 went into marketing, PR and sales including PR intern and PR assistant. Over a quarter went on to postgraduate study in an academic subject like medieval studies or a vocational area such as journalism.

What did history do for them?

"During my studies I spent time reading texts and sources, developing my ability to analyse and solve problems. These are both skills I use on a daily basis in our busy office environment, where I am balancing conflicting priorities and projects."
—Charlotte, graduate trainee at Smart Works Charity
"The ability to interpret sources and use evidence to form an argument in essays is highly relevant to the work of a lawyer. A lawyer must be able to interpret sources of law and build an evidence-based argument when acting in disputes or providing legal advice. The ability to analyse a large amount of material and identify relevant information is also of great importance to a lawyer."
—Richard, solicitor apprentice at Fieldfisher
"By studying history at university I had the chance to spend a lot of time thinking about how big changes affect groups of people in society differently, and what difference the response of government and communities can make to how they affect people’s lives." 
—Rachel, policy analyst at Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
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