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What are career options for someone who did a degree in History from a Uni in UK
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Original post by History Buff
What are career options for someone who did a degree in History from a Uni in UK

Although I am not a history graduate, I can give you the general advice for people with any degree.

In the general sense, if you have a degree in a subject you can usually do one of the following:

Go into the profession directly related to the degree (e.g. become a historian, but I think that's more research than anything)

Go into academia related to that subject

Go into teaching, especially for that subject at secondary level education and A Level

Go into any job that asks for a degree in any subject, or a job that doesn't ask for a degree/qualifications

Right off the bat, random careers that you would be eligible for with no further training include:


Government services

Social work

Some areas of healthcare

Most areas of business (HR, marketing, accounting, sales)

IT roles

Some areas of construction

Most areas of property

Most areas of beauty and wellbeing

Creative/design and media (if you're good)

Theatre and film (if you're good)

Music (if you're good)

Anything related to writing (if you're good)



Armed forces and police force (if you pass certain tests, have a clean record, and are of a certain age range)

Some environmental services



Management (if you have the relevant experience)


Care work

Travel and tourism


Entertainment (if you're good)

Translation (if you are fluent in more than one language)

If you decide to go back to college (adult college), then you can do courses that are relevant to the following:

Animal care (other than vet)

Some areas of construction and certain trades

Some areas of beauty and wellbeing

Some areas of engineering

You can go into the following areas with specific professional qualifications (irrespective of what previous qualifications you have):


Actuary (if you have a math background e.g. A Level Maths)

Law (solicitor via SQE)

Most areas of finance

Delivery and transport (licences)

Sports coaching

Should for any reason you want to go into a career that would require a degree different to that of yours, then you could do a master's in the following without much issue:

Computer science (some degrees)

Anything in business (except for finance) e.g. marketing, accounting



Some criminology degrees

Nonquantiative economics degrees

Some film degrees


Some media degrees

Some journalism degrees



Social work

Some politics degrees

Some agriculture degrees

Some fine art degrees

Note, the only degrees that are strictly legally required for the jobs are Nursing and Education (along the lines of PGCE with QTS). Otherwise you can go into any of the above subjects in academic and research roles.

If you want to go into specific areas of research not listed above, you would need to look into doing a conversion course prior to enrolling into the respective master's degree. These subjects include:

Economics (for quantitative degrees)

Law (useful for barrister roles as well as research in law)


Computer science (if you want to look into advanced computer science)

There are other conversion courses for other subjects, but they are often for subjects within a similar discipline. For example, conversion courses within life sciences are suitable if you have an undergrad in a life science subject; conversion courses in physics and engineering are suitable if you have an undergrad in physics or engineering.

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