What can I do with a history degree?

What can I do with a history degree?

History students are naturally suited to careers as museum or art gallery curators, or in academia. Their analytical and communication skills should also be useful in business and law.

History students tend to be fairly down to earth, and are frequently as interested in the minutiae of everyday life as they are in the broader picture.

Some other skills they should have picked up include:

  • Good oral and written communication
  • Ability to put together a logical argument
  • Critical thinking
  • Objectivity regarding ‘right’ and ‘wrong’
  • Gathering, investigating and assessing material
  • Condensing or expanding facts, ideas and arguments
  • Using different types of sources to cross-reference
  • Basing conclusions on statistical research
  • Organising material in a logical and coherent way
  • Presenting information literally, orally and visually
  • An interest in culture
  • An ability to spot a train of events.

With a minimal amount of training history graduates would also be ideal for jobs in:

  • teaching
  • journalism
  • civil service
  • law
  • criminal investigation
  • archiving
  • libraries.

What is more, there are plenty of people who have taken their history degree in a different direction. Consider the following famous people:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen
  • George W Bush
  • Michael Palin
  • Louis Theroux
  • Edward Norton
  • Al Murray