Careers for Classicists

Some people are put off applying for a Classics degree because it doesn't seem to lead to any obvious form of employment at the end of it. They couldn't be more wrong. Certainly a degree in Classics is not vocational, in the sense of funnelling you directly into one particular form of employment, as Law or Medicine do, but Classics graduates are very highly prized indeed by employers of all kinds.

What employers appreciate is that Classics provides mental training in a whole range of different disciplines, and produces graduates of exceptional intellectual flexibility. In our world of rapid social and technological change, it is the capacity to react to new and unforeseen developments with flexibility which employers value most, and it is widely recognized that Classics and related subjects produce just the kind of graduate they are looking for, with an unparalleled capacity to adapt to new circumstances and learn new skills.

See also Alumni Profiles

Examples of professions which attract Classicists include:

  • Accountancy
  • Teaching
  • Librarianship
  • Academia
  • Civil Service
  • Museums Work
  • Archaeology
  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Information Technology
  • Military
  • Management Consultancy
  • Law
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Social Work
  • Archive Work
  • Aution House Work
  • Politics
  • Arts Management
  • Theatre and Performing Arts

Some people say that if you choose a Classics degree you are opting for three or four years' pleasure to the detriment of your future career. But the truth is that a Classics student gets the best of both worlds, studying for the most fascinating degree there is, and coming out exceptionally well-qualified at the end of it. It doesn't get much better than that.

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