What can you do next?
BA Medieval History, graduated 2010
I am now working as a Viewing Assistant at Christie's auction house. Every time I go into the South Kensington salesroom I do something different. If it is an auction day, I might be telephone bidding with clients or working at the registration desk. If it's not an auction day, I will be in the gallery helping clients with any queries they might have. My favourite aspect of the job is the incredible variety of objects which I have encountered, from an Enigma machine to a painting of Isabella of Castille.
BA History, graduated 2010
It's quite varied but a day generally involves, meeting and dealing with potential clients, both domestic and corporate from all over the world; taking orders via the website, telephone and email;expanding the business via new marketing channels; expanding the range of the business by looking at new products and divisions to launch. I am my own boss, I can choose what I do and when I do things. This gives me a great sense of achievement when things go right.
BA History, graduated 2007
I chose Queen Mary for two main reasons. The first was the location. Students at Queen Mary get all the benefits of being part of a small campus-based community, whilst also experiencing life in the middle of a big city. The leisure, social and academic opportunities seem boundless. The second was the reputation of the History Department – which speaks for itself – and the range of modules that were on offer. Queen Mary is able to offer History students the chance to do anything from oral history projects to architectural tours of London.
Careers for History Graduates
The study of History requires the ability to think critically about different interpretations, the assessment of different sources of evidence and the precise explanation of your own standpoint. You will develop valuable research, analytical and communication skills, making you attractive to employers. While at Queen Mary you can take advantage of the School's links to the world of politics, industry, the civil service and the media, in particular through the Mile End Group as well as of the College's Careers Service.
Our graduates often find employment in areas such as business, education, finance, government and the media. Others continue their studies at postgraduate level, or pursue more directly related careers as academic historians, librarians, archivists or history teachers. Graduates have, in recent years, found work for organisations as diverse as BP, the BBC, Mansion House Consultancy, and InvesTec.