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History and Modern Languages Tripos and your career

It is expected that History and Modern Languages graduates will develop insight into the cultures of other countries, and an understanding of the past and present in international contexts.

Graduates are expected to be well equipped to appeal to a wide range of potential employers advanced language skills and experience of living abroad are transferable skills which are often in great demand.

The course also provides good preparation for further study in either or both subject areas.

History graduates at Cambridge have previously progressed 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.

89% of Medieval and Modern Language Graduates and 85% of History students have progressed into a professional or managerial occupation within six months of completing their course, as stated on Unistats, which compares official course data from Universities and colleges. The video below features interviews with a selection of alumni, who discuss how their Medieval and Modern Language studies helped achieve their career aspirations in law, journalism and bioinformatics.

Potential destinations

  • Intern, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
  • Research, Jubilee Centre (think tank)
  • English Teacher (TEFL), London House
  • Content Producer, Betfair
  • Communications Intern, CharityComms
  • Freelance Writer/Editor, Conde Nast Traveler
  • Consultant, Deloitte
  • Translator, Charities
  • Graduate Manager, Network Rail
  • Librarian and Archivist, Egypt Exploration Society
  • Journalist, The Moscow Times
  • Associate in Assurance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers

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