Studying any of the courses offered in the Department of History will prepare you for a diverse range of rewarding and profitable careers across most sectors of the economy. Our graduates have gone on to excel in everything from academia to accounting and marketing to medicine. So, however you choose to use your degree, the combination of academic excellence and personal skills developed and demonstrated on your course will make you stand out in an increasingly competitive graduate world.
Skills for the future
During a History degree with us you will develop numerous skills that are sought by employers. These include critical reasoning, communication skills, the ability to work independently and to strict deadlines, to think and write coherently, to put specific matters in a broader context, and to summarise complex ideas in a discerning and creative way.
Opportunities within the department
Whilst studying History, you'll be able to take advantage of a range of career-enhancing opportunities and advice.
As well as taking advantage of the full run of activities organised by the Students Union and the Careers service, open to all university students, you'll be eligible for our specifically targeted at History students.
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The Careers Service
The University's Careers Service offers extensive help to all students and provides a wide-ranging programme of careers-related events each semester.
The good reputation enjoyed by the service means that an extensive network of employer contacts has been built up and many of the top companies come directly to the University of Sheffield when recruiting graduates.
The department also runs careers events where past graduates come back to talk about their careers and pass on their tips for successful job hunting.
So, what do our graduates do?
History may become the focal point of your career - for example if you are interested in teaching, academia or heritage work - or maybe you will use the range of skills and experience you gain during your degree to follow a different path. Our graduates have gone on to become successful lawyers, marketing executives, civil servants, accountants, management consultants, university lecturers, archivists, librarians and workers in museums, tourism and the heritage industry.
Want to see what some of our graduates have gone on to do in their own words? use the links below to see our graduate profiles.