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Religious Studies Employability and Careers

Religious Studies students are highly employable. More than 82% go on to employment or further study, and 29% go onto professional jobs – more than any other Humanities and Social Science subject except architecture and languages.

In particular, Religious Studies graduates work in the NHS; the civil service; youth and social work, advertising, investment and banking, law, politics, business, the creative industries, the charity sector and NGOs, publishing and journalism, and education.

The fact is, the skills developed in studying religions are increasingly in demand in a complex, connected, global world. They help us to understand ourselves, our society, and the world.

  • The ability to understand how people have thought and acted in different places and times, and the complexity of how social behaviours are shaped by beliefs and values.
  • Contextualised critical and analytical skills, applied to the real world, and dealing with issues arising from multiple and conflicting interpretations of texts and traditions with sensitivity and empathy;
  • Being able to understand different viewpoints and philosophies, from an interdisciplinary perspective—and apply that understanding to find practical solutions;
  • Studying religion encourages self-awareness, initiative, creativity and teamwork. Religious Studies students are excellent communicators and make great leaders.

The services sector makes up 80% of the UK economy, and this is only expected to grow in the future. The more that algorithms take over the workplace, the more such skills will be at a premium.

Religious Studies graduates are vital to solving the challenges of the future, the human consequences of the digital age.

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