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Work-Related Learning in History

Author: June Balshaw and Alison Twells

Type: Teaching Guide


Students, parents, employers and lecturers are increasingly interested in workrelated issues in the humanities curriculum. For students and their parents, there is an understandable anxiety about career paths: as a history degree is not vocational, there is no obvious career at the end of the three years of study. The vast majority of students will not go into a career that is directly related to their degree. The most popular careers for history graduates include teaching, the civil service and finance. It is important, therefore, that we make explicit the transferable skills and competencies that come with doing a history degree and with undertaking work-related learning. It is also desirable, particularly for those students who would like to work as historians, that we help to widen their understanding of the sorts of ‘applied history’ jobs that exist in the world of work. This guide provides practical advise for providing this support.

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