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Careers

If you graduate from Cambridge with a good degree result (a First or II.1) you will have proved yourself and acquired a range of skills that will make you very attractive to Britain's, and the world's, top employers:

  • First, you will have delivered results in a challenging and at times pressurised environment;
  • Secondly, you will have learned to work independently and with huge efficiency, sifting and prioritising an enormous amount of complicated information quickly and effectively;
  • Thirdly, you will have made critical, unerring decisions and answered difficult questions well;
  • Fourthly, you will have communicated your judgments clearly and persuasively both orally in supervision and, crucially, on the page via your essays.

In short, an employer will be able to plunge you into a complex working environment safe
in the knowledge that you have the ability and confidence not only to cope but to prosper,
right from the start. Indeed, almost all Cambridge History students seeking employment have secured excellent and well-paid jobs within just a few months of graduating.

What sorts of careers do historians enter?

They go into a very wide range of professions. The most popular of these are currently law, business and finance,national and local government, non-governmental organisations (both national and international), journalism and publishing, teaching, library and museum work, and research-based careers of all kinds.

Do many people go on to do further research?

Around 40% of Cambridge History graduates go on to complete, at some point, a further degree: sometimes a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) but more commonly a History Masters or Ph.D. While with us, they've got the history bug good and proper! Some of them progress in due course to careers as academic or popular historians.

Want to find out more?

If you would like to learn more about the career paths taken by historians from a range of UK universities, you will find useful information on the Prospects UK website.

See also the Cambridge University Careers Service.