Once you have identified what skills you have, as well as what would motivate you in work, the next stage is to understand how this relates to the opportunities available. The ‘Finding a job’ section of the Warwick Student Careers and Skills website has an overview of different job areas. My Advantage has links to live vacancies. There is a comprehensive list of job areas and job titles on the ‘Types of Jobs’ section of www.prospects.ac.uk, which also has a live vacancy list. There are also careers resources in the Learning Grid.
Gaining work experience is an excellent way to gain a better understanding of whether an employment area in which you are interested is likely to suit you.
The University surveys graduates six months after they finish their course to find out what they are doing. At this stage we find typically that over half are in employment and over 10% are doing further study. Some of the others take time out, some are in temporary or voluntary work, some we do not hear from and some are still looking. First jobs range from human resources and marketing to trust administrators and librarians, reflecting a wide range of interests. Others are undertaking training for such careers as law or teaching while others are undertaking further academic study. Although further academic study does not necessarily lead to a wider range of job options or higher pay, it is essential for embarking on an academic career and some people will wish to continue studying for their love of the subject. www.prospects.ac.uk has a search facilty for postgraduate study, and for postgraduate Classics and Ancient History options at Warwick see here.
The latest survey of students six months after the end of their first degree is here.
Few jobs relate directly to a classics degree, but many find the skills you have developed very useful. For areas such as museum work, archive work, heritage management or archaeology a classics degree can be extremely relevant. Graduates who left in previous years have also established successful careers in such areas as journalism, surveying, law, teaching, information work, human resources and publishing – a huge range of careers requiring many different skills and personality types.
Jobs where the transferable skills learned from a classics degree are also useful include the following: Civil Servant, Technical author, Administrator, Financial manager, Applications developer
Although not all employment areas are represented by employers who visit the campus (only employers with large recruitment budgets and a substantial number of graduate vacancies are likely to come), a large number of employers do visit the campus and the university is very well regarded by graduate employers. My Advantage is also the place to find out who is visiting and when. As a general rule larger career fairs in the autumn term are followed by more specialised events in the spring term.