Anthropology future careers

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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.

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