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Here be dragons?: Enterprising graduates in the Humanities

This report presents the findings of a small-scale study of humanities graduates running their own businesses.

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.

Here be Dragons? - Enterprising Graduates in the Humanities is based upon interviews with graduates from a range of humanities subjects who are currently running their own businesses. This report is not intended to be a guide to teaching business skills to humanities students but aims to demonstrate to lecturers tutors careers advisors and others that humanities degree students acquire a huge range of skills and attributes which will equip them to run successful businesses when they graduate.

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