HISTORY GRADUATES AND CAREERS. Jenny Keaveney Careers Advisory Service www.kent.ac.uk/careers. What is the Careers Advisory Service? What can it do to help me?. What are the career options for History graduates?. The slides from this talk are at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm.
Careers Advisory Service
What are the career options
for History graduates?
The slides from this talk are at www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm
What do you want to do?
… not to mention Alan Bennett; Salman Rushdie; the
director of the Howard League for Penal Reform;
Michael Mansfield QC; the Bishop of London; Chris
Martin; the Director-General of the CBI, the Chief
Executive of Barclays Bank; an award-winning children’s
writer; and the producer of Hotel Babylon
“Historians are trained to gather information from different sources, appraise it critically, and integrate the results into a readable (and hopefully interesting!) report. These skills are valuable in many jobs. Much of the stock-in-trade of the historian is about how people behave, which is widely relevant. And history is an accessible subject, easily pursued as a hobby to avoid work dominating life!”
Literacy & Expression
Working to deadlines
Clear & logical thinking
Gathering, assessing and interpreting information
"I found my degree in History to be a superb launch-pad for a career in journalism. Analysing detailed material, learning how contextual information can impact understanding of facts, and appreciating how historical perspective can prove crucial in evaluating and explaining current affairs, meant that a history degree proved invaluable in helping me get my foot on the ladder of a media career."
A huge part of the services we offer is to provide our clients with advice and guidance on how they can develop, improve and even save their business. We also work with a range of local government bodies and charities, where we provide input into how they should spend taxpayers' and donors' money. To provide this service well, we need to make sure that we are in full possession of all the facts through thorough research; we need to know the validity of the sources; we need to make sure that we view the information from all angles and that we give our conclusions and recommendations in a concise and rational way
(Chartered Accountancy firm)
My degree helped me build my analytical and research skills, which have both been vital for my work. Good written communication skills (from endless essay writing!) have really helped in my current work where I regularly brief Ministers on recent developments and need to build strong arguments for policy decisions.
Fast Stream trainee, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Begin by thinking about yourself (your interests, preferences etc – what you want from your career and what you have to offer)
Then do some research into opportunities that will fit with your criteria. PROSPECTS PLANNER is a good starting point for this www.prospects.ac.uk/links/Pplanner
Attend talks/workshops/presentations etc
Talk to a careers adviser, either for a quick-query or for a longer careers interview
Be aware of employers or postgraduate study options with early closing dates – especially teaching!
Careers Advisory Service