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Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability

Careers and Employability

Six months after graduation 94.5%* of our Humanities graduates are employed or in further study. Graduates from the College of Humanities possess a broad range of work-related skills and stand out in the job market as effective problem solvers, critics, researchers, analysts, communicators and co-ordinators. 

When you graduate not only will you have a qualification from one of the UK’s top universities, you’ll also have developed the additional competencies and attributes needed to help you build a great career. Whatever programme you are studying, your degree will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Graduates from the College of Humanities possess a broad range of work-related skills and stand out in the job market as effective problem solvers, critics, researchers, analysts, communicators and co-ordinators. Recent graduates from the College of Humanities at the University of Exeter have progressed onto positions such as: 

  • Editorial Assistant (Publishing)
  • Educator
  • Communications Executive
  • Trainee Chartered Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Officer Cadet
  • Assistant Editor (Filmmaking)
  • Account Executive (Advertising)
  • Graduate Copy Editor

Here in the College of Humanities, we have a dedicated Employability Officer who is committed to helping you explore your options, develop professionally and achieve your career aspirations. Don’t worry if you are unsure of what you might want to do – our range of events is designed to showcase different careers to you, and enable you to meet industry professionals and alumni. We also organise work placement modules and offer volunteering vacancies so that you gain experience in lots of different settings, putting you in an excellent position to pursue a wide range of career paths upon graduation. The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.

On the Career Zone pages you will find a range of useful resources which will help you in researching your career- as well as learning about employment sectors you can find out about the range of additional career tools such as the eXepert scheme, offered by the University.


The careers and employability team here at the University of Exeter work with many key graduate recruiters, all of which are keen to recruit our students. Recent graduates from the College of Humanities have gone onto work for organisations such as TeachFirstthe BBCPalgrave MacMillanALDIThe National TrustJohn LewisO2, as well as government and civil service organisations such as the Home Office

Further Study 

Every year a high proportion of our graduates choose to progress to further study or professional training. Recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in: 

  • MA International Relations
  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • PGCE English secondary
  • MA History
  • MSC International Management
  • MA Film and Media

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students. Here are some examples of recent events which we've held:

Archaeology and Heritage Careers Fair

This day long careers event invited representatives from organisations such as Southwest Archaeology, AC Archaeology, the National Trust, and the Historic Environment Record to meet students and offer their advice for working in the sector.

Using your Humanities degree for a career in Finance - hosted by Deloitte

Former Exeter student Philippa Rowe (BA French and Latin 2013), who is now a Senior Associate at Deloitte, visited students to talk to them about how their degree in Humanities can launch them into a ‘Times top 100’ career with Deloitte.

Careers in Journalism

This event aimed to give students an insight into working in Journalism. Former students Cyan Turan (BA English 2012) and Rob Edwards (BA History 2010) visited students to speak to them about their careers in the sector. Cyan is now an Editorial Assistant and Junior Writer at the Sun’s supplement magazine Fabulous, whilst Rob is a Senior Editorial Assistant for the UK section of Russia Today (RT).

In the Spotlight: Jobs in Film, from production to distribution and exhibition

This panel event featured alumni James Panting, an Assistant Editor for titles such as The Theory of Everything and Suite Francais, Adam Singodia, a freelance Director of Photography (both Exeter BA Film Studies 2010) and Duncan Carson, who is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Independent Cinema Office.

Life and a career in the arts and culture sector - with former Exeter student Julian Bird

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of two of the main theatre bodies in the UK, visited campus to discuss his successful career in the sector, and offered tips on how students can follow in his footsteps.

Your degree in Humanities here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career. There are a number of ways to complete a work placement as part of your degree and gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market.

With Employment Experience

The 'with Employment Experience' programme gives students the opportunity to undertake a work placement in the UK or abroad during their third year, before returning for their fourth and final year of study.

Humanities in the Workplace

Our College-wide second-year module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all Humanities students and offers the opportunity to gain credit-bearing work experience in a broad range of sectors.

Public History

The first year Public History module at Penryn offers the opportunity to analyse museum exhibits, conduct oral history interviews, explore digital public history, and go on placement within a public history setting.


The Archaeology programme gives students ample opportunity to undertake a professional placement as part of their degree. Modules such as the Archaeology Fieldwork Project, the Archaeology Fieldschool and the Archaeology Professional Placement allow you to undertake a placement in archaeology/museum work, or on a project run by the department. These experiences can provide invaluable employability skills, allowing you to demonstrate and build on your practical abilities and gain experience in related sectors. 

Making a Career in Publishing

The second-year Making a Career in Publishing module examines careers in the three main areas of publishing expertise: commissioning, marketing and production. Alongside sector specific skills, the module will allow you to develop an understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Humanities degree are applicable to the workplace and to extend your work-related learning and knowledge in a reflective way.

Applied Drama

The Applied Drama module offers final year Drama students a fantastic opportunity to engage their studies in a professional setting and see how Drama can be utilised in a wider framework. The module looks at ways of employing Interactive Theatre within an educational setting, and asks students to create an Interactive Theatre programme for a specific audience.

Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many partner organisations who recruit our students for voluntary positions on a yearly basis.  Students have regularly gain experience with the following organisations:

Exeter students have also been give the opportunity to work as journalists and copywriters for high profile international events such as the G-20 Y Summit and the international development organisation Engineers without Borders. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme and the FXU's V Team.

Student Societies

The Exeter Students’ Guild and FXU at Penryn offers a huge range of student societies. Whether you would like to take part in a debate through your subject’s academic society, become the president of a society, or organise a student-led event, the societies offer many opportunities to develop your skills, giving you fantastic additions to your CV. 

Full list of FXU Societies

Full list of Guild Societies

Students as Change Agents

Students as Change Agents gives you the opportunity to lead on change to the academic experience at the University of Exeter, going beyond just making suggestions to your academic reps. Find out what Humanities students have been up to.

Translation Business Project

The Translation Business Project is a voluntary project offered to all final-year students across the College of Humanities. Finalists are given the opportunity to work alongside Postgraduate students in the College and attend a number of careers-related events. Students don’t need to be studying Modern Languages to be involved, and there are many English-speaking opportunities. Involvement in the project counts towards the Exeter Award.

*Sourced from the HESA PI indicator in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) survey 2016/17.

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