Careers and employability

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We are committed to supporting you to ensure your degree prepares your for your future career.

Developing your skillset

You’ll develop a range of transferable skills during your course from analysis to reporting and presentation skills. If you are interested in teaching, our Students into Schools module offers an opportunity to gain practical classroom experience and to learn about teaching practices and techniques including those specific to history. You could also choose to learn a new language through our Languages for all scheme.

We have opportunities to gain hands-on work experience through our School internships. A variety of paid roles are available including helping to organise student induction and our peer mentoring programme, working in marketing, and coordinating the production of the History Student Times

You can share your passion for History by working as as a Leeds Loves History ambassador, visiting schools and colleges to talk about your university experience studying History. You can also develop your research skills by getting involved in the Undergraduate Research Experience , an annual festival of five-minute research talks, interactive festivals and much more. Or you could join our Students as Scholars programme which enables you to access support from a postgraduate research student mentor and participating in research events such as seminars and conferences. 

Career support

In the School of History, we have dedicated employability interns who, work closely with staff in the School to organise events and share work opportunities relevant to specific career paths including teaching, media  and law.

Our experts in the University’s Careers Centre will support you in making informed decisions about your career path. They can provide you with advice about the range of opportunities available to you and support you in taking the steps you need to take to pursue your choices.You’ll be encouraged to attend on-campus events such as graduate recruitment fairs, employer networking and information sessions, and meetings with our alumni to help you understand and plan your career path.  Leeds University Union provides career-related support through the part-time job hub, student societies and other activities throughout the year. 

Career paths and further study

As a History graduate, a wide range of career options will be available to you due to the variety of skills you will gain during your course. In recent years, popular career destinations have included.

  • marketing, advertising and recruitment
  • business, finance, accountancy, insurance
  • law
  • teaching and education
  • media, journalism, and the creative industries
  • heritage, museums and the arts
  • charity, fundraising and social work
  • civil service and armed forces.

Many of our undergraduates also decide to continue studying at masters level either in  History or Medieval Studies.

Eleanor Chambers BA History (International)

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The pastoral care offered through the History Department is brilliant, and a large number of employability talks and events such as an annual networking dinner are offered which I’ve found really helpful, especially earlier on in my degree when I was unsure of what career path I wanted to take.
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