How to use your history degree


When you chose history as a degree, you probably chose it based on your love for the subject rather than a specific career plan.

Some degree courses lend themselves to a specific career whereas others are broader based and offer you a number of choices at the end. History is one of the latter.


History is incredibly important in today’s society – we need to remember and learn from the lessons of the past in order to shape our future. Studying why things happened is very important especially in our ever changing political world. In your studies you may have covered a specific era, however today’s world was shaped by all eras, cultures and environments and the skills you developed and learned during your studies will be versatile and applicable to a wide range of career choices.


If you’ve gained your degree in History here are a few ideas of what you might do next…



Civil Service Fast Stream

Academic librarian

Heritage manager

Museum or gallery curator

Education/Secondary school teacher



Building conservation

Broadcasting & journalism


Human Resources


If you studied political history then your career as a politician could be driven by your knowledge of this area and you could have a real focus and determination to make a difference, potentially becoming part of a future generation’s history!


If you’re interested in a career in related to heritage or museums then think about volunteering while you’re studying to gain some relevant experience and build up your contacts. Many people find jobs through networking and people they know.


Many roles are non-subject specific so even if you enjoyed History as a subject, it doesn’t limit your career choice to something historical. Jobs within the legal, financial and public service sectors are still very much open to you.


Whilst studying History, you will have developed skills in critical analysis and problem solving, research, construction of an argument, oral and written communication, working independently and in a group, as well as being able to demonstrate your capacity to think objectively and share those ideas.


If you’re looking to continue your studies, you could specialise in an area that particularly interests you. Work within universities or teaching will give you an outlet to share your expertise and knowledge, through contributing to historical publications for example.


History degrees are favoured by the legal profession – analytical minds and demonstration of critical reasoning are among the reasons. You may need to further your studies with additional qualifications to hone or broaden your knowledge and skills, so if this area interests you, find out more about it in good time.


Wherever your next path takes you, you will use the knowledge and skills that you have learned along the way.


From the mybrink team, good luck!