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What do Cambridge graduates do?

No independent survey figures yet exist for graduates from the course but the overlap of the most popular three employment areas for either History or HSPS graduates (using the subject which overlaps the most with Politics) are teaching (at about 6% and 4% respectively of those who informed us), the communications and publishing sectors (8% and 9%) followed by public service (at 4% and 7%). As with all Arts & Humanities degrees many students continue on to further study (33% for History and 35% for HSPS according to the most recent survey) and this may be something that you want to consider.

Will employers want my degree?

The majority of employers that recruit Cambridge graduates do not require a certain degree. They are usually more interested in what you can do rather than what you have studied. Want to know what role would suit you? The transferable skills for History graduates is a good places to start looking for ideas for help with identifying your personal strengths and preferences. Then search Handshake for internships, jobs or graduate schemes you are interested in.

Using my degree

Both History and Politics graduates who go into employment often think about working in marketing & communications, especially social media, branding and digital communications, public sector research (in think tanks, lobbying, or for an MP) or in "start ups", and entrepreneurship. Network with alumni who studied English. You can see what they do, their career to date and contact them for further information. Finally, if you are a LinkedIn user (and a high proportion of undergraduates now have set themselves up on LinkedIn), navigate their search screens for Cambridge alumni - you'll find a wide list of organisations employing Cambridge historians and politics graduates with the BBC, Google, banks, law firms and consultancies, and the Civil Service featuring strongly.