Graduate jobs with a humanities degree

Graduates with a degree in Humanities offer a range of skills and knowledge to the working world and are well-equipped to become key players in a variety of fields. Humanities graduates may wish to pursue roles in Business and Management, or more creative and artistic fields of employment.

What can a Humanities Graduate do?

Humanities degrees are often considered non-vocational, meaning there is no direct career path to follow after graduation, but graduates from the Humanities do posses a wealth of skills which are valuable to a variety of fields and sectors.

With so many areas to choose from, Humanities students should start thinking early on about what they may wish to pursue after graduation and seek out opportunities to bolster their skills—perhaps doing PR for a university society, or writing for the student newspaper.

One of the key areas where Humanities graduates tend to excel is in Business. Roles in Management, Human Resources, Retail, Sales, Marketing and Consultancy are all popular options for graduates who are able to utilise their communication, research and analytical skills to impress employers.

Another area where Humanities graduates flourish is in Finance, including such fields as Banking, Accounting and Insurance. In these sectors, graduates are able to put their diligent attention to detail and analytical skills to use. Graduates eager to go into Finance should also highlight any numerical skills such as familiarity with data and statistics from university projects or outside work experience such as in the service industry.

The final area where Humanities graduates tend to find success is in specialist-related fields. Graduates from Geography, for example, would flourish in the Environmental Sector, while Sociology students could put their specialist knowledge to use in the Public Sector or in Customer Service.

Taking Stock of Skills

Humanities graduates should consider highlighting any special skills gained from their specific degree. More generally, graduates have many skills to offer employers:

Analysis – Humanities graduates know how to critically study documents, text, statistics or other kinds of data to pull out important information which can influence decision-making and policy. Graduates should focus on the breadth of their analytical skills, making particular reference to what the job description might require.

Communication – Humanities requires graduates to become proficient at persuading, informing and corresponding articulately between various parties and people. These communication skills, both written and oral, are invaluable to any role. Graduates should demonstrate their ability to communicate effectively and to an extremely high standard.

Logical thinkers – Humanities disciplines require students to be able to assess problems and provide solutions, which means that graduates from this field are able to think laterally and logically, and to a certain extent creatively, in their approach to tasks and projects.

Research – The ability to uncover and analyse data, text or other documents is a skill which is always in high demand. This finely honed ability to conduct research allows Humanities graduates to pursue a range of careers.

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