Real world experience


A degree in History sets you up for a range of career options. There is support and opportunities available throughout your degree that will provide you with guidance and experience of the real-world.

We help you prepare for life after you graduate in a number of ways:

Optional, work-based learning modules

Sandwich year, year abroad, elective module options, learning a language, work-based learning.

Careers Centre

Opportunities, support and guidance for developing skills, work placements and preparing for the future.

Careers and employability week

Designed to help you make the jump from degree study to employment or further study, with visitors from top-ranking organisations delivering talks and workshops.

History volunteering fair

Opportunities to volunteer for regional heritage organisations.

Upon graduation, our students are equipped with many transferable skills, including critical analysis, the ability to conduct research, communication, debating and reasoning. All of these skills are highly regarded by employers.

Our previous history graduates have successful careers as academics, civil servants, museum curators, journalists and solicitors, amongst many others. With employability skills embedded throughout our courses, we actively encourage our students to embrace any opportunities to gain work-related learning experience, with financial assistance often available through the Edge Hill University Student Opportunity Fund.

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, many students have continued with their employability module or extra-curricular experiences. Alongside two other students from within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, BA (Hons) History student, Bethany Draper has been involved in a cross-disciplinary industry project working collaboratively with Hospice Africa as a Communication Developer and Researcher.

The student experience

An image of history student, Bethany Draper.

I have always been interested in working within the third sector, particularly the management side. I wanted to see the inner workings of these organisations; understanding how charities market themselves and get an idea of the competition they face. The work Hospice carries out is very humbling, providing palliative care to terminally ill patients in sub-Saharan Africa. Working with Hospice has provided me with valuable skills for marketing on social media. Helping me understand how to develop a brand, create content and interact with its audience. I would one day like to run my own brand-based business; learning and understanding how to gain active followers while promoting a service has been a great insight into the work I will need to do. This module has provided me with experience in a β€˜real-life’ post-university job role. My history degree overall has provided me with crucial analytical and reasoning skills. Through assignments, seminars and presentations, I have developed how I approach problems and tasks. These skills have helped me grasp new concepts more easily, while having the capacity to think objectively using different perspectives. During my degree I have been given the opportunity to work within small and large groups; allowing me to refine my debating skills, thus learning to discuss and develop ideas as a team. This has proved essential in my work with Hospice Africa, while providing me with the foundational skills required in a post-university job role. Working with Hospice Africa has been delightful. I am so grateful for the chance to work with such a wonderful charity and I hope to see it prosper over the coming months and years.

Bethany Draper
BA (Hons) History