Here be dragons?: enterprising graduates in the Humanities

ISBN: 978-1-905788-43-9
September, 2007

This report presents the findings of a small-scale study of enterprising humanities graduates, determining the circumstances and motivations leading to them embarking on careers. 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.