So, you’ve chosen to do a humanities degree – what now?
No matter what stage you are at in your degree, it is the perfect time to start thinking about your job prospects.
You might have heard that humanities degrees have no value, don’t lead to employment, and are a waste of money and time. However, the skills you develop in your studies will open up many doors for you, you just have to know where to look.
Employable skills you have developed
- Fantastic attention to detail.
- Great close-reading and critical thinking experience.
- Excellent research, persuasion and communication skills.
- Limitless creative drive and endless passion.
- Confident public speaking and the ability to give effective presentations.
- Independence, self-motivation and the ability to work to strict deadlines.
- The ability to innovate within a team and experience creating projects.
Jobs you can apply to with a humanities degree
Publishing, Journalism and Media
Jobs in these sectors are for the creatives. There may not be much money to be made at the low ranks, but if you have the passion, an entry-level job in journalism, publishing or media could become a life-long career. Creative Access is an excellent resource for researching and applying to your dream creative job.
To have a career in journalism you will need to complete some extra training from the NCTJ (National Council for Training Journalists). The NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism is essential for succeeding in your career. After you complete the short course, you will be able to use the skills you developed in your humanities degree – critical thinking, attention to detail, research – to become a successful journalist.
Publishing roles are varied and require lots of different skills. This industry is largely London-based, and though it is creative, it is also analytical. There are roles for every kind of graduate, but one thing is for certain, you must love books.
Media roles are hugely varied and always in-demand. Humanities graduates can work in TV, Film or Music by completing internships and developing their skills online.
Roles across publishing and digital media range from editorial to sales, marketing, and analytics. DigitalGrads offers vital marketing and business development training that is sure to make your CV sparkle.
To work in software sales you certainly don’t need a business degree. Companies are looking for motivated, career-focused graduates that have a knack for communication.
IT and software sales roles are perfect for confident self-starters. A range of sales roles can be found on DigitalGrads.
Customer success roles really look at what the customer can get out of a product. It’s a relationships-focused role where you pay close attention to people’s needs – maximising customer happiness and sales.
These roles are available across the board – in marketing agencies, media companies, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and tech start-ups.
If you want to learn more about the role while gaining valuable, employable skills, sign up for our Customer Success Training Course.
Customer service roles are also a fantastic option for humanities graduates, especially in tech. All you need is a genuine curiosity about technology and fantastic communication skills, and you can get an entry level job that’s bound to lead to something exciting.
Marketing and Publicity
If you love making connections and building a brand, a career in marketing or publicity is perfect for you. Your career will allow you to combine creativity with analysis and generate real results for any company.
Look out for sales and account executive roles in agencies – these depend on admin and communication skills. You’ll manage client relationships and support your team by scheduling meetings and supporting their projects.
A career in marketing might require some extra training and experience, but this can be easily be found on DigitalGrads. Sign up today to access our free marketing training programmes and our range of graduate employers.
Government, Public Sector and Charity
If you want to use your passions to create real-world change, a career in the government or public sector is the one for you. These graduate roles will test your ability to work in a team and form a compelling argument, and can include Civil Service and government assistant roles.
A career in charity work is guaranteed to be fulfilling and challenging. You will be able to say that you have dedicated your life to something you believe in.
Law – Barrister or Solicitor
There are hundreds of jobs all over the country for qualified lawyers, but you don’t have to take a three-year Law degree at university to become one – you can just choose the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) instead. By choosing to study for one extra, albeit intense, year any humanities student with a 2:2 or above can become a qualified lawyer.
Lawyers have to be confident in their research and their argument; they have to have excellent reading and communication skills; and most of all they have to have that amazing attention to detail that wins cases and creates fool-proof contracts: these are skills you have already developed in your humanities degree.
Teaching and Education
And finally, the most obvious career choice there is for the humanities graduate. By completing the one year PGCE course, you can easily enter one of the most stable career fields there is. Your job in teaching and education will be challenging, exciting and fulfilling.
Teachers get to pass on their passions and use their fantastic communication and public speaking skills to inspire the next generation.
If you’re still unsure about what to do after you graduate, sign up to DigitalGrads to gain a wide range of employable tech and marketing skills.