School of Humanities

Save the Date:  Humanities Careers Expo, Wednesday 18th February 2015, 14:00 - 17:00, Dalhousie Building - further information coming soon!

Studying Humanities at Dundee University gives you a huge range of skills and knowledge that will make you attractive to a wide range of graduate employers. But, because your degree is not ‘vocational’ this huge range of graduate destinations can sometimes leave you asking ‘What can I do with a humanities degree?’

In this section of our website, you will find some links and resources connected with a sample of the careers you can pursue as a Humanities graduate. It is not intended to be a definitive list of all careers for Humanities students.

If you are unsure about what you want to do after graduation or can’t find what you are looking for here, you should arrange to meet with your Careers Adviser.

You can also link to the A-Z of Graduate Jobs, find out about Work Experience and Volunteering or search our JobShop for vacancies. 

Career Options

For more career ideas, have a look at the "Options with…" series on Prospects Website

Options with English  Options with English
Options with History Options with History
Options with Philosophy Options with Philosophy
Options with Politics and International Relations Options with Politics and International Relations

Occupational Links

Government and Public Administration

General

Scottish Government vacancies  Scottish Government vacancies 
Scottish Parliament vacancies Scottish Parliament vacancies - click on “jobs” at the bottom of the page
Civil Service Fast Stream General Graduate Fast Stream (including Diplomatic Service)
Analytical Fast Stream
HR Fast Stream
Technology in Business Fast Stream
European Fast Stream
Northern Ireland Fast Stream
The JobCrowd: Careers in Government, Public Sector and International Development Government & Public Sector Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Public Sector organisations and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduates working in government and the public sector
The JobCrowd: Salary in Government, Public Sector and International Development Detailed Government & Public Sector salary information posted by hundreds of graduates showing exactly what you can expect to get paid working in Government & Public Sector
The JobCrowd: Interview tips for Government, Public Sector and International Development Invaluable Government & Public Sector Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed roles working in Government & the Public Sector

Intelligence

Government Communications (GCHQ)  One of the UK’s three Intelligence Services
Secret Intelligence Service  MI6 

Local Government Jobs

In Scotland  Links to all Local Government advertised vacancies
National Graduate Development Programme Graduate Training Scheme for Local Government – England and Wales only 
Working for an MP  Jobs and internships in Westminster, the regions, Europe and constituencies 

Public Affairs

Electus  Recruitment agency for public Affairs Jobs. *Not many graduate-entry jobs
Public Affairs Network  Professional Network body for public affairs, government relations, policy & communications industry. Visit their Jobs Board for vacancies

NGOs and Charities

OneWorld Policy and NGO jobs worldwide
Charityjobs.co.uk Charity jobs board
Goodmoves Scottish charities jobs 
The JobCrowd: Careers in Charity and Voluntary Work Charity Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Charities and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduate Charity workers
The JobCrowd: Salary in Charity and Voluntary Work Detailed Charity & Voluntary Work salary information posted by hundreds of graduates working in the Charity sector showing exactly what you can expect to get paid at a huge range of organisations such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and many more
The JobCrowd: Interview tips for Charity and Voluntary Work Invaluable Charity & Voluntary Work Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed a role at top charities such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and many more

Think Tanks

IPPR  Institute for Public Policy Research. Offer Internships
FPC  Foreign Policy Centre. Offer volunteering positions 

Social and Political Research

General

Social Science by Numbers: Careers with Quantitative Methods Careers with Quantitative Methods
New Statesman Magazine  Wide variety of politics related jobs, mainly experienced roles
The JobCrowd: Careers in Government, Public Sector and International Development Government & Public Sector Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Public Sector organisations and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduates working in government and the public sector
The JobCrowd: Salary in Government, Public Sector and International Developmen Detailed Government & Public Sector salary information posted by hundreds of graduates showing exactly what you can expect to get paid working in Government & Public Sector
The JobCrowd: Interview tips for Government, Public Sector and International Development  Invaluable Government & Public Sector Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed roles working in Government & the Public Sector

Public Affairs

Electus Recruitment agency for public Affairs Jobs. *Not many graduate-entry jobs
Public Affairs Network  Professional Network body for public affairs, government relations, policy & communications industry. Visit their Jobs Board for vacancies 

Think Tanks

IPPR  Institute for Public Policy Research. Offer Internships 
FPC  Foreign Policy Centre. Offer volunteering positions
Working for an MP  Jobs and internships in Westminster, the regions, Europe and constituencies

Journalism, Publishing & Media

Publishing Scotland Publishing Scotland
Creative Skillset Creative Skillset provides specialist careers information for the creative industries
National Council for the Training of Journalists  Includes a list of accredited postgrad journalism courses
TheJobCrowd: Careers in Advertising, Marketing and PR Advertising, Marketing & PR Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Advertising Employers and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduates in Advertising
TheJobCrowd: Salary in Advertising, Marketing and PR Detailed Advertising, Marketing & PR salary information posted by hundreds of graduates working in Advertising, Marketing & PR showing exactly what you can expect to get paid at a wide range of the top companies and agencies 
TheJobCrowd: Interview tips for Advertising, Marketing and PR Invaluable Advertising, Marketing & PR Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed a role at a wide range of the top Advertising, Marketing & PR agencies
TheJobCrowd: Careers in Media and Broadcasting Media Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Media companies and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduates working in Media
TheJobCrowd: Salary in Media and Broadcasting Detailed Media salary information posted by hundreds of Media graduates showing exactly what you can expect to get paid at all the companies, such as Channel 4 and Sky
TheJobCrowd: Interview tips for Media and Broadcasting Invaluable Media Application advice and Media Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of Media graduates who have successfully landed a role at companies such as Channel 4 and Sky

Teaching and Social Work 

Teaching

Scotland

General Teaching Council for Scotland General Teaching Council for Scotland
Teaching in Scotland Teaching in Scotland 
Entry Qualifications for Teaching in Scotland Entry qualifications for teaching in Scotland
Information on the Scottish School Curriculum Information on the Scottish School Curriculum
Education Scotland Alternative site for information on the Scottish School Curriculum
Targetcourses Training to Teach in Scotland

Northern Ireland

Teaching In Northern Ireland Teaching in Northern Ireland

England and Wales

General Teaching Council for England General Teaching Council for England
Department for Education Teaching Agency  Department for Education / Teaching Agency

General

Prospects Teaching and Education  Teaching and Education Sector Guide
Graduate Teacher Training Registry  Apply for Postgrad teaching courses
ScotEdJobs.com Vacancies board 
TEFL  Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
TheJobCrowd: Careers in Education Education Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Education organistations and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduate teachers, lecturers, etc
TheJobCrowd: Salary in Education Detailed Education salary information posted by hundreds of graduates working in the education sector showing exactly what you can expect to get paid
TheJobCrowd: Interview tips for Education Invaluable Education Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who are now working in education

Social Work

Scottish Social Service Council The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is responsible for registering people who work in social services and regulating their education and training

International Development & Charities

Overseas Development Institute  Offers a scheme for postgraduate economists to work in developing countries
OneWorld  Policy and NGO jobs worldwide 
Charityjobs.co.uk Charity jobs board
Goodmoves Scottish charities jobs
TheJobCrowd: Careers in Charity and Voluntary Work Charity Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Charities and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduate Charity workers
TheJobCrowd: Salary in Charity and Voluntary Work Detailed Charity & Voluntary Work salary information posted by hundreds of graduates working in the Charity sector showing exactly what you can expect to get paid at a huge range of organisations such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and many more
TheJobCrowd: Interview tips for Charity and Voluntary Work Invaluable Charity & Voluntary Work Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed a role at top charities such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and many more
The JobCrowd: Careers in Government, Public Sector and International Development Government & Public Sector Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Public Sector organisations and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduates working in government and the public sector
The JobCrowd: Salary in Government, Public Sector and International Development Detailed Government & Public Sector salary information posted by hundreds of graduates showing exactly what you can expect to get paid working in Government & Public Sector
The JobCrowd: Interview tips for Government, Public Sector and International Development Invaluable Government & Public Sector Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed roles working in Government & the Public Sector.

Library, Archives, Museums and Galleries 

Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers 
Museums Association  A membership organisation for everyone working in museums, galleries and heritage
Archives and Records Association The Archives and Records Association is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in the United Kingdom and Ireland 

Further Study

Visit the further study pages of this website for more general information about further study and funding. Below are some specific links for Humanities students. 

Beyond the PhD Advice and Tips on what do to after a PhD

Work, Internships and Work Experience Abroad

Mountbatten Institute Paid internships in the USA for graduates that allow you to work towards a postgraduate certificate or MBA in International Business Practice
AIESEC Volunteering, teaching or working professionally abroad over the summer or after graduation.
Jobs Abroad Portal for finding work in Europe and worldwide. 
Iagora  Lists internships and work placements in Europe and worldwide, with additional details of language courses, housing, hotels and travel.
VIF International Teaching in the USA  - for qualified teachers, opportunities in the USA. 
Language Work The national information resource on careers with languages
TheJobCrowd: Careers in Charity and Voluntary Work Charity Reviews, Salaries, Interview Tips, Jobs, the Top Charities and more – based on thousands of reviews posted anonymously by graduate Charity workers
TheJobCrowd: Salary in Charity and Voluntary Work Detailed Charity & Voluntary Work salary information posted by hundreds of graduates working in the Charity sector showing exactly what you can expect to get paid at a huge range of organisations such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and many more
TheJobCrowd: Interview tips for Charity and Voluntary Work Invaluable Charity & Voluntary Work Application advice and Interview Questions and Tips posted by hundreds of graduates who have successfully landed a role at top charities such as Oxfam, Cancer Research and many more.
Women in Banking A mini documentary investigating careers for Women in Banking. Get the scoop from successful female role models at the Bank of England, J.P. Morgan and Barclays
City Careers

City Careers offers graduate job opportunities in  Banking & Financial Services,  Legal & Professional Services, Marketing, Advertising & PR, Publishing & Media and IT & Technology.

United Nations

 

IAESTE The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience. Paid placements in industry, universities and research institutes for full time undergraduate students of engineering, science, technology, agriculture, architecture and related fields who have completed at least one year of study.
European Union Most traineeships (also known as stagiaires) are in the European Commission.
Below are links to the individual institutions in Europe with details of their internships
European Parliament  Links to all the various traineeships and study visits offered by the European Parliament.
European Commission  Information on all the EC’s Traineeships.
Council of Ministers  Information on Traineeships with the Council of Ministers. 
European Court of Justice Traineeships with CURIA (European Court of Justice).
European Central Bank Job opportunities with the European Central Bank. Aimed at graduates who have studied economics, finance, law, business administration, human resources and translation.
Committee of the Regions Traineeships with the Committee of Regions
European Court of Justice Five month paid traineeships for those are interested in the legal aspects of the EU, especially future lawyers or academics with a degree in law or political science.
European Court of Auditors Five month internship in legal or accounting affairs.
Council of Europe Traineeships at the CoE last three months from January, April. You can apply if you have at least three years of university study and a knowledge of another EU language. 
Centre for European Policy Studies  Centre for European Policy Studies
European Centre for Modern Languages  European Centre for Modern Languages

Study Abroad 

Below are some useful websites to help you get started thinking about studying overseas. This is not intended as a definitive list of resources. 

Fulbright Commission Interested in studying in the USA? Fulbright can help! We are the official source of information on applying to American universities for the United Kingdom. The Fulbright Commission also offers scholarship awards and summer programmes for UK citizens to study, lecture or research in the USA.
ERASMUS Opportunities for study in Europe for part of your degree. University of Dundee has over 100 partners across 22 countries. It may be possible to do a work placement instead of study but this must be a requirement of your programme of study. Eligible from 2nd year onwards for 3 – 12 months. Information on funded pre-Erasmus language courses.
Eurodesk Information on studying, working, travelling and volunteering in Europe, for young people and for youth workers.
Study in Europe Database of undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught in English in Europe. 

European Union

European Youth Portal Links on working, studying and volunteering abroad, for all EU member states, EEA countries and Turkey
How to Choose a Course in Europe This website also provides information on other aspects of working or studying in Europe
Portal on Learning Opportunities Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space – provides information on how education systems vary within the EU, and country by country practical information on living in another EU country, visas, tuition fees etc 
Educational Exchange Programmes  Database on educational exchange programmes - can provide you with the country profile, links to visa requirements and study resources as well as a search engine for finding courses abroad

Postgraduate Study

European Masters Programmes  Portal of masters courses available in Europe
Erasmus Masters  Masters courses for which Erasmus funding is available

Temporary Work & Volunteering Abroad

Below are some useful websites to help you get started thinking about temporary work and volunteering overseas. This is not intended as a definitive list of resources.

Eurodesk Information on studying, working, travelling and volunteering in Europe, for young people and for youth workers
AIESEC Volunteering, teaching or working professionally abroad over the summer or after graduation.
VSO International Volunteer Opportunities
International Voluntary Service  The leading charity involving volunteers in international exchanges. 
UN Volunteering Opportunities to volunteer overseas for candidates with transferable skills or experience. 
British Council Volunteer opportunities for young people specifically in Europe
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