Careers in Humanities

Humanities graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. Six months after graduation 96%* 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. 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


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

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.

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.

Work placement modules

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market. You will have plenty of opportunity to undertake a placement as part of your degree at the University of Exeter. Disciplines including History, Drama and Archaeology all offer optional work placement modules. Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all Humanities students on our Streatham campus and offers the opportunity to gain credited work experience in a broad range of sectors. 


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 previously gained experience with organisations such as:

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.

Student societies

The Students’ Guild 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. You can click here to see a full list of current societies at the Guild. 

*Sourced from the HESA PI indicator in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) survey 2013/14.