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    Ive always loved history, especially all the ancient stuff, Roman...Greeks...Crusaders... and what not.
    However my Dad doesnt seem to keen on me doing it at Uni, he has the view that if i did i will become a teacher.
    This explains why my A level choices are set up to do a more, engineering career. I do History, Maths, Physics and Biology.
    My EPQ is on Caesar
    If i did want to do History at uni are my chances ruined simply by not taking the corresponding A levels?
    I hear that often the strongest combination is History, English, a language, Maths etc....
    What are future job prospects than can lie outside History other than the directly related, i.e curator?
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    A good history degree from a good uni will give you loads of opportunities - you could go into writing/journalism, teaching (if that floats your boat), law, even politics. People think that history is something you will be stuck doing if you take a degree in, but it actually provides you with a great deal of education in writing and structuring an argument, as well as analysing links between events - all of these are very transferable skills!
    If you are worried about your choices not really applying to any specific history courses, then come and join me at the one I'm off to next year - Viking Studies at Nottingham! The course is so obscure and unconventional that they don't require you to do humanities at A level, and the grades are only ABB. Not only does it cover history, but language and archaeology as well. It is very unique so will put you ahead of competition in the future.
    On an unrelated note, sorry I've not answered your other questions yet - I shall look into them ASAP.
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    Haha right okay thanks!
    And yeah them 2 questions would be useful, I'm thinking of starting my introduction tommorow!
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    (Original post by RyRy.)
    Ive always loved history, especially all the ancient stuff, Roman...Greeks...Crusaders... and what not.
    However my Dad doesnt seem to keen on me doing it at Uni, he has the view that if i did i will become a teacher.
    This explains why my A level choices are set up to do a more, engineering career. I do History, Maths, Physics and Biology.
    My EPQ is on Caesar
    If i did want to do History at uni are my chances ruined simply by not taking the corresponding A levels?
    I hear that often the strongest combination is History, English, a language, Maths etc....
    What are future job prospects than can lie outside History other than the directly related, i.e curator?
    You can get into banking with a History degree.

    I think it's 60% of graduate jobs don't care what degree you have as long as you have a 2:1 (within reason) so you'll be fine with a respectable subject like history.

    Obviously the sciences are more employable but you're definitely not destined to be unemployed doing a History degree.

    I have a friend studying History at Bristol and he did Physics, Maths, Chemistry, and History for A level so your A levels are fine to be honest. Study what you want to study
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    (Original post by Phil1541)
    You can get into banking with a History degree.

    I think it's 60% of graduate jobs don't care what degree you have as long as you have a 2:1 (within reason) so you'll be fine with a respectable subject like history.

    Obviously the sciences are more employable but you're definitely not destined to be unemployed doing a History degree.

    I have a friend studying History at Bristol and he did Physics, Maths, Chemistry, and History for A level so your A levels are fine to be honest. Study what you want to study
    what about a ancient history degree, do they both carry the same qualities and attributes?
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    History isn't limited to teaching and being a historian like most people think, here read this : http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010...degree-careers
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    And there's always the Civil Service Fast Stream for any graduates with a 2:1 or above; there are a LOT of historians on that programme.
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    I read modern European history and now I work for an NGO in the Middle East...
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    (Original post by The Anti-Hero)
    And there's always the Civil Service Fast Stream for any graduates with a 2:1 or above; there are a LOT of historians on that programme.
    Whats the 'Civil Service Fast Stream'
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    (Original post by beefmaster)
    I read modern European history and now I work for an NGO in the Middle East...
    Sounds interesting, where did you read European History?
    Whats NGO and what does it involve?
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    Oh, go and tell your father and whoever else who's saying this to be quiet. I had this worry for so many years and when an opportunity was gone I realised how highly-respected and valued it is - and how much I love it. Go your own way, not what anybody tells you to do. It's a great degree.
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    10% of all History Graduates eventually become Accountants.
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    Just on a note - do Ancient History, as normal History will not cover anything pre-1066 (ish). It's what I do. For medieval stuff (fall of the Roman Empire - 1066 (ish)) you need to do a specific Medieval History degree or Archaeology.

    The good thing about a humanities degree is it doesn't force you to be one thing. You can do a lot. If you do engineering, you're kinda stuck being an engineer for the whole of your life, as there are minimal transferable skills, unlike with history.

    Your A-Levels are fine - a good spread. You do history. That's literally all you need. And that's really just for research skills and essay ability.
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    (Original post by T_x)
    Oh, go and tell your father and whoever else who's saying this to be quiet. I had this worry for so many years and when an opportunity was gone I realised how highly-respected and valued it is - and how much I love it. Go your own way, not what anybody tells you to do. It's a great degree.
    Do you mind me asking what opportunity you missed? Mistake made?
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    (Original post by RyRy.)
    Sounds interesting, where did you read European History?
    Whats NGO and what does it involve?
    Non-Governmental Organisation. I don't want to say mine no here but it can mean LOT of things.
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    I'm going to study History next year and I plan to go into the Corporate Business world (Government and Media Relations to be precise) via Public Affairs.

    I think the skills gained from History are highly relevant to any career that requires excellent communication skills, the ability to make and present an argument and back it up with hard facts, the ability to analyse documents and to judge and weigh up situations and factors and make a decision based on it.
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    If you study History you might become a teacher...

    If you study Engineering you will probably become unemployed.
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    (Original post by maturestudy)
    If you study History you might become a teacher...

    If you study Engineering you will probably become unemployed.
    wrong for both....
    (Original post by skunky x)
    Just on a note - do Ancient History, as normal History will not cover anything pre-1066 (ish). It's what I do. For medieval stuff (fall of the Roman Empire - 1066 (ish)) you need to do a specific Medieval History degree or Archaeology.

    The good thing about a humanities degree is it doesn't force you to be one thing. You can do a lot. If you do engineering, you're kinda stuck being an engineer for the whole of your life, as there are minimal transferable skills, unlike with history.

    Your A-Levels are fine - a good spread. You do history. That's literally all you need. And that's really just for research skills and essay ability.
    what's so useful about ancient history when applying for jobs and you are wrong about an engineer only being able to become an engineer, the person can do any number related job the engineer will be prefered over someone who has taken history for numerical jobs and most jobs don't require a degree anyway so any job a history graduate a engineer can do except the engineer will be prefered for more numerical jobs and history will be prefered for more essay based jobs.

    (Original post by Anrel)
    10% of all History Graduates eventually become Accountants.
    i never understand why so many history graduates go into accontancy because history isn't even a numerical degree.
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    (Original post by Jed123)
    wrong for both....
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hyperbole
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    (Original post by Jed123)
    what's so useful about ancient history when applying for jobs and you are wrong about an engineer only being able to become an engineer, the person can do any number related job the engineer will be prefered over someone who has taken history for numerical jobs and most jobs don't require a degree anyway so any job a history graduate a engineer can do except the engineer will be prefered for more numerical jobs and history will be prefered for more essay based jobs.
    Ok, fine, I was a bit wrong on that front - but as I'm only a lowly Ancient History student, how am I supposed to know anything about engineering.

    And by numerical jobs what do you even mean? Most jobs require some form of numeracy, and surely if it's getting to the stage where you need specialised knowledge, there's been someone trained in that by their degree?

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