Careers and employability

Where will your degree take you?

A degree in History from York should be the first step towards an exciting and impressive career.

Studying history at degree level demands independence of thought, creative intelligence, and the ability to analyse and interpret complex information and communicate ideas succinctly and persuasively. These are all skills that are highly valued by employers, especially in students who have studied in a high-ranking department such as ours.

Our former students include diplomats, MPs, entrepreneurs, barristers, solicitors, doctors, teachers, investment bankers, museum directors, management consultants, marketing managers, police detectives, radio and television producers, script writers, academics, retail managers, archivists, librarians, and journalists.

Case studies: Read about the careers of York History graduates.

Supporting employability during your time at York

We encourage our students to think about their career long before they graduate. As well as an impressive degree, there are many services and opportunities at York to build on your skills and experiences to ensure you really stand out from the crowd. These include:

Sophie H, leadership award winner


Sophie won the University's 'Chancellor's Leadership Award' in 2016, which recognises commitment to academic study, work experience, and extra curricular activities. She gained several work placements at solicitors firms, took leading roles in drama society productions, captained her college badminton team, and climbed Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for Childreach International. Shortlisting for the annual award includes taking part in a 3-day leadership programme.

BA in History, 2016

Listen to Dan Snow talking about the importance of History during a visit to York

Sara B, WHO intern

Sara secured an internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva after she graduated with a degree in History from York.

She said "This internship... has been a huge opportunity for me, and one that I am very grateful for. I have met some wonderful people and done some fascinating work, all whilst being able to live in and explore a new city, which has been something of a dream situation for me. [WHO] staff members and consultants are on the whole very friendly and open to helping proactive interns with both project and career advice."

BA in History, 2016
World Health Organization Intern, Geneva

Find out more about the University of York Careers Service