Careers Network

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School of Social Sciences and Humanities

History, Politics and Politics and International Relations

Your careers team

Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.

Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice.  As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles. 

To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team

Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.

We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Ability to construct an argument and communicate findings in a clear and persuasive manner, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to discuss ideas in groups, and to negotiate, question and summarise
  • Ability to work without direct supervision and manage time and priorities effectively
  • Appreciation of the different factors that influence the activities of groups and individuals in society
  • Capacity to think objectively and approach problems and new situations with an open mind
  • Critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively
  • Intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research
  • Excellent written and oratory skills
  • Intellectual independence and autonomy
  • Team working skills

Career options

Approximately 60% of graduate roles are open to all disciplines. The links below are specific to Politics and International Relations and History if you would like information on other career areas, please visit the career areas section of our website.

Careers directly related to your Politics degree:

Careers directly related to your History degree:

 Careers where degree would be useful:

 

*You can also look at other course pages depending on other modules you have taken and/or are interested in*

 

 

Further study

Further study at Loughborough University:

For History degrees, you can study for a research degree including a PhD (Post Honours Doctorate) or MPhil (Master of Philosophy). Further information can be found on the Department webpages.

Please visit the Politics, History and International Relations department webpage for details on postgraduate further study.

Further study elsewhere:

To explore further study please go to www.findamasters.com. In addition, job profiles on www.prospects.ac.uk will also provide information on postgraduate qualifications needed for specific occupations. 

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough History graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR). To read career stories from graduates from the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences view our Graduate Profiles.

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 97% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £24,191 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 54% in London, 13% stayed in the East Midlands, 11% in the South East, 10% in the East of England, 6% in the West Midlands, 3% in the North West and 2% in Wales.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 21% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 18% were in financial and insurance activities; 13% were in administrative and support service activities; 12% were in information and communication and 9% were in education.

Employers included:

American Express, BBC, Civil Service, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, FDM Group, Local Government, Microsoft, Royal Mail, Softcat, Zenith

Roles included:

Account Executive, Area Manager, Business Development Executive, Client Executive, Consultant, Digital Marketing Intern, Graduate Analyst, Ministerial Correspondence Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Research Associate, Trainee Auditor

Further Study included:

MSc International Financial and Political Relations, MA Global Political Communication, MSc Marketing, PGCE Primary Teaching, MA Middle Eastern Studies, MA History, MA Politics Governance and Public Policy, MSc Security Studies, MPhil Managemen

 

What do Loughborough Politics and International Relations graduates do?

Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.

The following data represents the destinations of 2017 graduates from all undergraduate programmes within the Department of Politics, History and International Relations (PHIR).

Six months after graduating in 2017…

  • Main activity: 97% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £24,191 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry locations (professional level roles): 54% in London, 13% stayed in the East Midlands, 11% in the South East, 10% in the East of England, 6% in the West Midlands, 3% in the North West and 2% in Wales.
  • Industry sectors (professional level roles): 21% were in professional, scientific and technical activities; 18% were in financial and insurance activities; 13% were in administrative and support service activities; 12% were in information and communication and 9% were in education.

Employers included:

American Express, BBC, Civil Service, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, FDM Group, Local Government, Microsoft, Royal Mail, Softcat, Zenith

Roles included:

Account Executive, Area Manager, Business Development Executive, Client Executive, Consultant, Digital Marketing Intern, Graduate Analyst, Ministerial Correspondence Officer, Recruitment Consultant, Research Associate, Trainee Auditor

Further Study included:

MSc International Financial and Political Relations, MA Global Political Communication, MSc Marketing, PGCE Primary Teaching, MA Middle Eastern Studies, MA History, MA Politics Governance and Public Policy, MSc Security Studies, MPhil Management

Further information

Resources to research career areas

Websites:

 

Videos:

There are a number of videos available providing you with first-hand accounts of certain careers; including information on industries, sectors, job roles and tips on how to get into specific roles.

To find videos please see:

Resources to find work experience, placements and graduate jobs

Organisations that have graduate schemes directly related to History:

History specific websites:

 

Organisations that have graduate schemes directly related to Politics and International Relations:

Politics and International Relations specific websites:

For generic placement and graduate websites, please see our Finding jobs/opportunities pages

 

 

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

History:

 Politics:

Professional bodies:

Sector and labour market information (LMI):