Here be dragons? enterprising graduates in the Humanities

Katrina Croucher, John Canning, Jane Gawthrope

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Graduates from humanities disciplines are often perceived as having more ambiguous (or at least less-defined) career paths compared with those graduating from vocational subjects, such as law or medicine. Having a more open avenue offers a range of career opportunities, including branching out and setting up a business, or becoming self-employed, either through choice, necessity, or fortune. Those disciplines collaborating in this project (Archaeology, Classics, Languages, Linguistics, English, Ancient History and Art History) were thought to be especially exposed to such situations. We therefore decided to conduct a small-scale study of enterprising humanities graduates, determining the circumstances and motivations leading to them embarking on careers. Significantly, we wanted to investigate graduates’ perceptions of the skills they had gained through their university degrees, asking them to reflect on their experiences and to identify any areas where they believed they would have benefited from additional support during their degree programmes. Public
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSubject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9781905788439
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


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