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Careers in Arts and Humanities

Skill development

As well as the specific subject knowledge gained from studying an OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers and which will increase your employability.

Arts and Humanities students develop a range of  employability skills including the ability to:

  • select, analyse and synthesise relevant data and present conclusions concisely and logically
  • assimilate, evaluate, mediate and present large amounts of complex information
  • communicate effectively, clearly and accurately with others orally and in writing
  • put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions
  • think creatively and critically
  • use ICT effectively and be able to interpret data
  • be competent in team and project work
  • work independently, evaluate your own performance and take steps to improve it.

Career opportunities

Employers in all fields value applicants who can deal competently with large amounts of complex information and put it to good use. In addition, problem solving and effective communication and presentation of ideas and arguments are skills that can be used in a variety of functions from public administration, to being involved in the promotion and sales of products.

High academic standards ensure that OU qualifications are recognised and valued by many professional organisations and employers. However, we advise you to research your career choices thoroughly and as early as possible, particularly in relation to experience requirements, differences that relate to where you live, or where choice of courses may affect future opportunities. More information about international recognition of OU qualifications.

Interactive career planning resources are publically available on the OU careers web site to help you consider your options before, during and after your studies.  Although much of our online occupational information is UK focused, a range of international online resources is also available to assist you with careers research and planning.

As a registered OU student you will be eligible for our full careers service including personal careers advice and guidance and access to our online vacancy service, Job Zone. We also have an Employer Showcase, where you can find out about some of the UK employers who are keen to recruit OU graduates. These include:

  • Credit Suisse
  • Enterprise
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Heinz
  • KPMG
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