Department of Greek & Latin


Careers Guidance

Life after UCL

Classics, Classics with Year Abroad and Ancient World Studies are all rigorous and broad-ranging degrees which qualify students for a remarkably wide variety of jobs. Career destinations in recent years have included: graduate study, teaching, Law, computing, accountancy, marketing, banking, music (classical and popular - let's not forget Chris Martin and Tim Rice-Oxley were both UCL Classicists!), acting, the media, business, the voluntary sector, local government and politics. The UCL Careers service provides general guidance to students, and there are also a number of specific talks aimed at those studying the classical world.

Careers with Greek, Latin, and the Ancient World - should I do Further Study?

  • What do I need to do to make sure I can work in Law?
  • How can I improve my CV and make it work?
  • What can I do when I leave UCL?

The UCL Careers Service in conjunction with your department can help you answer all these questions and more.

Employability! How your degree will help you

Students graduating in Classics and Ancient World Studies progress to careers in diverse fields ranging from law, banking, and the civil service, through publishing, journalism and heritage, to the creative arts, teaching and the charitable sector. Some also continue with postgraduate study and academic careers. The skills developed in our programmes (linguistic, analytical, literary, historical, and philosophical) equip our students to work creatively across traditional boundaries and the success with which most undertake post-degree training in quite diverse areas is an index of the value of the transferable skills they have acquired and our students' flexibility and confidence in mastering new disciplines.

Key skills developed in studying the ancient world include

> the ability to analyse critically ideas, artefacts, texts and language;

> techniques to evaluate and synthesise complex and often fragmentary evidence in order to construct cogent and persuasive independent arguments;

> the capacity to synthesize and engage with contemporary scholarly debate;

> an understanding of cultural identity and difference, and an awareness of how the past has been invoked and contested in the evolution of modern cultures;

> the rigour and precision demanded by the study of ancient languages;

> general and transferable abilities to work independently and as a group, to make presentations and engage in oral debate, to produce written presentations to strict deadlines, and to complete challenging examinations.

Classics and Ancient World Studies are widely recognised by employers as intellectually demanding subjects chosen by students with clear academic potential, a passion for their discipline, and an appetite for hard work. There is also a level of independence implicit in the decision to pursue such studies which is founded on our students' clear-headed assessment of their potential rapidly to develop new skills on graduation. They are aware from the start that they are acquiring a set of techniques that they will deploy in a multiplicity of work environments, and their choices as they enter the job market echo the seriousness of their individual motives for choosing to study the ancient world.

Careers Service - more information

4th floor, ULU Building
Malet Street
Monday to Thursday 9.30 - 5pm and Friday 11-5pm

(You can book an appointment with a Careers Adviser via their website.)

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