Arts and Humanities IPO
Graduates will move into an amazingly diverse range of graduate occupations, reflecting the high regard in which employers hold the interpretive, analytical, and communication skills gained by studying this degree.
Some will go into careers related to the subjects studied such as teacher, academic librarian, and information officer. Others may go into careers which utilise their general skills, such as administrator (in the Civil Service, local government, education, and the NHS,) solicitor, barrister, and journalist. A significant number may also enter the financial services sector, mostly in accountancy, but also in financial advice, pensions, insurance, taxation, and banking. Other destinations could include the media, social research, marketing, events management, recruitment consultancies, and charities.
A significant proportion of students go on to further study after graduation. Many select Masters degrees in a specialist area of study, but others select subjects with a vocational focus to train for some of the careers mentioned above.
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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates
Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.
Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.
This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling, or taking time out.
Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.
Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject
We have put together a number of resources to help with this.
This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.
This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.
Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest
We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.
Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.