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Career Options with your Humanities Degree

Gaining a humanities degree takes hard work, time and dedication, so it’s important that you think carefully about what career you want to pursue after you graduate. A humanities degree can lead to a number of exciting career choices within a wide range of sectors including teaching, travel and tourism, and human resources, to name a few. To give you some inspiration, here are some of the best careers available for someone with a humanities degree. 

Tour Guide 

Studying a humanities degree will teach you a number of transferable skills including communication, research, writing and teamwork. Becoming a tour guide may be the perfect way to utilise your skills and enjoy your passion for humanities subjects like geography and history. As a tour guide, you will have the opportunity to show visitors around attractions and places of interest such as cities, historic buildings, and art galleries. You could also have the opportunity to lead coach trips and travel all across the UK and even Europe. Becoming a tour guide is an exciting and diverse role that many humanities graduates would enjoy. With the right amount of experience, there is the opportunity to apply for regional tour supervisor or manager roles. You could even set up your own tour company and benefit from the flexibility, freedom, and financial rewards of being your own boss. 

Humanities Teacher

Training to become a teacher gives you the opportunity to teach the subject you love and pass on your skills and knowledge to the next generation. You have the option to teach humanities at secondary school level or in higher education i.e. as a college or university lecturer. Becoming a teacher is considered a highly rewarding career by many people, as you have the unique opportunity to motivate and inspire learners and play a role in the future development of education. The role of a humanities teacher usually involves - teaching a range of humanities subjects to students, designing engaging lesson plans, marking work and providing student feedback, reviewing students progress with set targets, and helping to train newly qualified teachers. There are also career advancements opportunities like becoming head of humanities or applying for leadership roles. If you are interested in becoming a teacher, then you would need to complete a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), followed by a training year. Click here for more information on how to become a teacher. 

Human Resource Manager

The aim of human resources (HR) is to ensure that employees are happy, organised and motivated. In larger organisations this can take a substantial amount of time and planning. Working is HR is extremely rewarding as you have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with people and have a positive impact on their lives, support employees who are facing difficulties, and have a positive influence on the future of your company. Organisations are increasingly becoming aware of the importance of employee satisfaction and the need to attract and retain the best talent for their business. Employers are therefore constantly looking for skilling HR professionals, meaning there are plenty of attractive job opportunities in the sector. To have a successful career HR, it is vital that you are organised, self-motivated, and have great communication skills - you are able to demonstrate all of these through your humanities degree.

Marketing or Journalism

Many humanities graduates combine their creative thinking and problem solving skills, to pursue a career in marketing or journalism. Humanities degrees are largely essay-based, so you will no doubt have developed strong written communication skills. If this is something that you enjoy, then becoming a journalist could be the perfect career choice for you. The role of a journalist might include interviewing people, producing well-written content, and working to tight deadlines - all of which would be a great fit for someone with a humanities degree. Marketing in another rewarding career that will allow you to enjoy your love for research, writing, and creativity. This sector is competitive and roles are highly sought-after by graduates, but changing technology and digital landscape mean that new opportunities and roles in these sectors are becoming available all the time. Both of these routes offer rewarding careers with plenty of opportunities for career advancement and progression.

Final thought

As a humanities graduate, you have the opportunity to choose from a huge range of exciting and rewarding careers. Your degree has equipped you with a number of highly transferable skills that are attractive to potential employers, so there is nothing stopping you from pursuing a career path that you really love and enjoy.