Arts, Social Sciences and Languages

Career Areas  > Arts, Social Sciences and Languages

If you have a strong interest in more than one subject, such as the history of art, languages or sociology, rather than a subject relating to a specific area of work, a wide variety of careers will still be open to you after you finish your studies. You’ll also gain useful transferable skills such as the ability to analyse information, solve problems and communicate effectively. There are opportunities to work in industry, commerce, government, or the professions, as well as the voluntary and charity sectors.

Alternatively, you may want to pass on your enthusiasm for your subject and work as a lecturer or take on further training to become a teacher.

To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Areas.

What areas can I work in?

Graduates in arts, social sciences and languages work in the Civil Service, local government, business, commercial, industrial and managerial posts. Work in advertising and the media attracts some. Others go into marketing or sales. Work in information technology, law, travel and tourism, and culture is also possible.

Courses are split into the following sectors: general, English, history, humanities, languages, politics, religion and sociology.

What kind of companies can I work for?

There is a wide range of possible employers, including:

  • local government or Civil Service
  • social work or welfare services
  • community or youth work organisations
  • broadcasting and media companies
  • schools, colleges and universities
  • charities and voluntary organisations
  • retail and commerce businesses, including sales and marketing
  • museums, galleries and heritage organisations.

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