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Anthropology study at Goldsmiths covers a broad range of topics. In terms of future employment this means you can focus on areas of interest and use these to help decide on a career area. You will also develop skills that you can apply in the work place.

What skills will I gain from an Anthropology degree?

Studying anthropology at Goldsmiths will provide you with a global perspective and develop your cross-cultural understanding. Your knowledge of social and cultural processes will be useful in many roles from working with community groups, to planning advertising campaigns. You will gain skills in research, analysis and communication. These skills are highly sought by graduate employers.

What kinds of industries do Anthropology graduates work in?

  • Advertising and marketing
    This sector needs people who have an interest and understanding in human behaviour. You can find anthropologists doing ethnographies on all kinds of consumer attitudes or working in roles such as market research and account planning.
  • Central and local government
    The Civil Service Fast-Stream fast tracks graduates into policy roles. If you fancy local government there is a similar scheme called The National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP).
  • Charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
    A passion for people and improving the world takes many anthropology graduates into this sector. Within charities and NGOs there are many roles from PR and communications, to fundraising, administration and research. There are also more hands-on roles manag- ing projects in the field or working with communities/ disadvantaged groups to train, empower or support.
  • Socially-focused professions
    These may include youth work, social work, careers advice, teaching or counselling. You will need to take further qualifications to enter these areas.
  • Social research organisations and think tanks
    The biggest employer is the Government Social Research Unit (GSR) where you could be working on anything from community cohesion to gender equality. There are other organisations in this field of work ranging from university-based research institutes, think tanks to consultancies with one or two self-employed individuals.

Where do Goldsmiths Anthropology graduates work?

Anthropology graduates go on to work in a huge variety of industries. Some of our recent graduates now work for companies as diverse as Emap Media, East Sussex County Council and the charity Leap Confronting Conflict.

Anthropology graduate stories:

Ryan

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"This course literally changed my life!"

"Less than a month after graduating from the MA I was offered my dream job – a full-time professional youth and community worker position within a large integrated county youth service, on JNC terms and conditions. Studying at Masters level gave me the opportunity to network with a wide and diverse range of people, who all shared a common passion for youth and community work. This course literally changed my life!"

Fadah

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"Anthropology shaped my outlooks but more importantly it changed how I interpret, assess and gather information critically."

"The joint Anthropology & Media degree expanded perceptions and thoughts in ways I could not anticipate. When it came to my dissertation I decided to explore and highlight what later developed into the 'Ârab Spring'. My dissertation entitled 'Young Ârab World Rising' pulled in personal experience and perceptions surrounding the ever-growing generational gap within the Middle East. With my case study focusing on Syria and being half Syrian myself it was through sheer luck that ITV News called me in to discuss Syria. With the fast-paced events unfolding in the Middle East I soon found myself thrown into the news room, gathering and producing news surrounding Libya, Egypt, Bahrain and Syria to name a few. I now work for Channel 4 News and ITV simultaneously as part of ITN, as well as NBC. I was determined to learn everything quickly and through my determination I trained to be an Assistant New Editor on the foreign desk.

Goldsmiths for me as a whole was a vibrant and enriching place. Anthropology shaped my outlooks but more importantly it changed how I interpret, assess and gather information critically, all of which are invaluable tools for journalism and media."

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