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Classics - using your degree

Introduction

Popular career areas for Classics students:

A degree from Scotland's first university is an excellent start to any future career. St Andrews has a reputation for excellence and the ability to attract the brightest students worldwide. With this as a starting point you are well on the way to impressing future employers.

Modern degree courses in classics and classical studies are designed to equip students with a range of subject-specific skills, including knowledge of the Greek and Roman languages and cultures. Additionally, as well as acquiring a number of academic skills, you will also develop more general transferable skills, all of which are highly valued by employers across all sectors.

These abilities and attributes provide students with a desirable mix of specific, practical, intellectual, theoretical and transferable skills, and, consequently, there is an excellent choice of potential career opportunities available.

Further study is a popular choice for classics graduates. In fact, if you wish to continue in a field related to your degree, a postgraduate qualification is often necessary.

Studying a classics degree provides you with skills relevant to a broad range of sectors, including museum and gallery work, legal, teaching and academia, media and broadcasting, film and television, banking, consultancy, and marketing.

Review your degree skills

The profile below identifies the skills that can be developed through the study of your discipline based on subject benchmark statements developed by UK higher education academic communities. It may help you to identify the valuable skills that you can offer to potential employers.

Where do our Classics graduates go?

Recent Classics graduates
Perkins and Will - Copy Writer
Fidelity Worldwide Investment - Equity Research Associate
Kamuzu Academy - Classics Teacher
Chatteris Educational Foundation - Teacher
Aldi UK - Area Manager
Orion Publishing Group - Editorial Assistant
Graduates who are established in their profession

LOVO Drinks Ltd - CEO & Founder

PwC - Manager

Cedrus - Software Engineer

CMS Cameron McKenna - Solicitor

Harvard University - Assistant Director, Volunteer Leadership at Harvard Alumni Association

Kames Capital - Business Analyst

Camilla Henfrey

Camilla graduated in 2014. She is an Area Manager at Aldi UK.

Read Camilla's case study

 

Emily Hill

Emily graduated in 2013. She has worked as a Senior Production Editor for Oxford University Press.

Read Emily's case study

 Visit the Graduate Destinations page to see what graduates and postgraduates from your School are doing now.

Network with alumni

Many jobs and internships are not advertised.  One of the best ways to find out about these ‘hidden opportunities’ is by networking.  Networking can also help secure a job that is publicised or is part of a training scheme.  Your contacts can open doors, set up meetings, help prepare you for interviews, and provide you with an inside look at a company or industry. 

How to contact alumni

There are two main ways to contact alumni on-line:

  1. Saint Connect - brings together alumni and current students to facilitate networking, enable informal mentoring, provide industry discussion groups, and enable graduates and students to stay up to date with their student societies and sports teams.
  2. LinkedIn - most comprehensive resource to connect with alumni is the University of St Andrews LinkedIn – Alumni Tool. There are also many LinkedIn St Andrews Groups, mainly based on location, which you can join to network with fellow students and alumni, eg St Andrews North America Careers Link.

Postgraduate study/research

In 2014, 53.1% of Classics graduates went on to do further study.  
Advisers are able and willing to discuss postgraduate applications - vocational and academic. 

Summer internships/work experience

Campus Opportunities

Work experience is becoming ‘essential’ in the UK when it comes to securing graduate level employment.

During the 2015-16 academic year, more than 90% of the UK’s leading graduate employers offered paid work experience programmes for students and recent graduates. Altogether, 55% of St Andrews finalists had completed some element of work experience with a graduate employer whilst at university – much higher than the survey average. More than two-fifths had a part-time job during term-time and three-fifths had some form of casual vacation work. Source: High Fliers –The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2016.

Societies

Case studies

Key links and resources

Career related

Professional Bodies, Trade Organisations & Journals/Magazines

These can often be a good source of information on internships, jobs and postgraduate study.