History Works: Beyond your BA
We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to
help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.
Our modules will help you become independently-minded historians – which
means you’ll be equipped with some of the skills most in demand from
employers, from critical thinking and weighing evidence to in-depth analysis
and persuasive writing.
Think about how the Nuremberg military tribunals of 1945-6 have
influenced legal experts around the world in bringing war criminals to
justice and making victims’ voices heard. Or consider how historical
understanding of propaganda helps us see through the heated political
campaigns of today.
Find out more about the skills you’ll learn during your studies by
manifesto for becoming a historian at Essex.
Careers with a history degree
With an Essex history degree, you can enter a wide variety of
professions. Some of
our graduates go into subject-related fields such as teaching, archives, museum curation and
postgraduate study. Others
very different things, including journalism, law, politics and civil service.
profiles give you an idea of just some of the options open to you.
Throughout your time at Essex, advisors at our
Employability and Careers Centre will be available to
help you formulate your career plan. For advice on your career and the
skills you may need, our Faculty Careers Adviser is
Ann Ord. The departmental Employability
Development Director is
Start your search for jobs and internships now with the
Essex CareerHub resource. Log
in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board.
Enhance your CV
Undertake voluntary work with local organisations. We have some
suggestions for you on our
Student Volunteering handout (pdf).
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)
UROP or the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme is the University's scheme for undergraduate students to become trainee researchers and become part of the academic community here at Essex. UROP gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You will learn new skills which will enhance your CV and be paid a bursary.
Last year's Department of History UROP students have created academic posters explaining the research projects they were involved in.
2016 Department of History UROP students
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"I gained invaluable insight into how academics go about their work, and as I hope to stay in academia beyond my BA, I got a taste of what’s to come."
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"As a Student working on the EarlyModern@Essex project my job was to provide useful ideas to improve database accessibility for students."
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"The most enjoyable aspect of my UROP placement was the research I partook at the British Library, being able to read letters that date from 300 years ago and use other sources to obtain information."
Develop your employability
Tehreem Rehman, BA History
Read how BA History graduate Tehreem Rehman developed her employability during her studies, including with
the Big Essex Award:
Tehreem Rehman, BA History
What made you interested in the Big Essex Award?
“The Big Essex Award appealed to me more in my final year because I suddenly realised
that it was too good an opportunity to miss. Completing the Award has allowed me to
accumulate some really relevant experiences that will help me get a job in the future.
It has given me the opportunity to develop my skills and get new and exciting experiences -
and it will look great on my University transcript.
What were you hoping to gain from the Award?
“I initially hoped to gain skills and experiences so that it would give me plenty of things
to talk about in an interview or application. I know that employers value candidates who have
experiences and can show how they have practically applied their skills. Most job applications
and interviews require you to ‘tell them a time where you…’ Completing the Big Essex Award
means that I now have lots of experiences to mention to an employer where I can show off my
skills and this may give me a possible advantage over other candidates.
What have you achieved through the Award?
“Having to complete a certain number of hours of volunteering encouraged me to participate
in activities such as a women’s refugee centre and as a volunteer in the History library. Having
experience of acting professionally and interacting with many different types of people will
undoubtedly benefit me in the future as I am interested in developing a career in the Civil
Service where this kind of transferrable skill is essential. These experiences have boosted
my confidence as I have improved both professionally and personally.
Have you found your participation enjoyable?
“I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Big Essex Award as it has benefitted me a lot
without imposing too much on my time and studies. I found the compulsory workshops really
enjoyable and useful and would have been disappointed if I missed out on them just because
I didn’t sign up for the Award.
Did you have adequate support whilst completing the Award?
“The Big Essex Award allowed me to get the experiences I wanted and do things independently -
but I knew there was support and guidance there whenever I needed it. I am very happy with the
amount of supervision and guidance that I have received whilst completing the Award. I like the
independent aspect of the Award, and I could complete the hours when I wanted. I am also very
impressed with how readily available information and support was when I needed it, as there were
a few occasions where I had questions and I received a very prompt response.
Would you recommend the Big Essex Award to other students?
“Definitely - you don’t realise how useful it will be to your future until you do it! I’d recommend
students to do the Big Essex Award as soon as they can, why wait until your final year when you can do
it in your first?”
Stephen Pattison, BA History
Listen to History student Stephen Pattison talk about all the extra curricular activities he got involved with during his time at Essex.
frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.
Internships are an excellent way to earn money and develop a stand-out CV. Register with us for
information on paid internship opportunities with local, national and even international employers.
All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.
As an undergraduate student, UROP gives you a unique opportunity to find out what goes on behind the scenes in academia. You will
gain invaluable experience that will enhance your CV and skills to help with your final year dissertation or project.