It’s a common misconception that the subject of your degree will limit you in your career choice. This may be true for some subjects, but not history.
A history degree is one of the most versatile. The analytical skills that you gain in history, as well as the project management skills you learn doing your final year dissertation are sought after by employers. We’re also great at arguing (but we knew that already), which is a necessary quality in many jobs; the ability to effectively put your point across, or deal calmly with a difficult customer are what will set you apart. On top of this is the problem solving, time management, and independent research skills gained in any good degree.
So what jobs can you get?
Retail, analysis, accountancy, banking, law, publishing, writing… there are so many possibilities.
Take a look at the Prospects website to give you an idea.
And to the people who don’t know yet, no problem! Take the quiz on their website to find out the perfect career for you.
University is also the time to gain valuable work experience in the field you are interested in. Take your degree and tailor it, and your experiences at Essex to the life you want to lead.