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Classics

Echoes from the ancient civilisations of Greece, Rome and other Mediterranean cultures remain deeply embedded in our modern consciousness. Every day, one way or another, we live in the thick of their cultural legacy, which underpins our government and legal systems. This legacy informs the way we think and organise our knowledge about the world and ourselves; it reaches into the artistic and technological achievements we take such delight in. The classical past lives and breathes and walks with us all the time. To understand this is to have an advantage in the modern world.

Why Study Classics

The Greek and Roman civilisations grappled, at least in principle, with many of the issues that confront us today. Their solutions, for better or worse, provide reference points around which contemporary concerns, such as globalisation and free trade, can be discussed. The study of Classics is both relevant and resonant. Classical culture provides advertisers with a universally understood image that signals quality and exclusiveness. Celebrity, which seems such a modern phenomenon, is simply a carry-over from the hero cults that first found expression in the myths and legends of the ancient Greeks. And for those disenchanted with the commercial culture that pervades modern life, the classical world provides an alternative social vista.

What skills do Classics graduates have?

Classics graduates know how to think. In an ever-shifting job market the ability to think in abstract terms is not only one of the most desirable transferable skills, it is also one of the most reliable predictors of success on the job. A trained mind can be applied to any situation. To see the skills of a mind trained in the classical tradition, view the full Classics career view.

Where do Classics graduates work?

Graduates work in radio, marketing, museums, archaeology, libraries, tourism, immigration and refugee services, embassies and consulates, publishing and a range of Government Ministries, including Foreign Affairs and Trade, Health, Education, and The Treasury.

Certain sectors of the job market demand skills and knowledge that Classics graduates are particularly able to demonstrate. Although many job vacancies only refer to "a tertiary qualification," it is important to note that in some job areas additional courses of study, qualifications or practical experience may be required. Many Classics students consider a second major subject when planning their degree.

The job market

Classics graduates have rarity value which can be an advantage in the job market. Many employers have never had to think about the relevance of Classical Studies to the modern world and confident Classics graduates are likely to stand out from the crowd. Classics graduates who can articulate the value of their degree and the skills they have to offer will have an ‘edge’ to work with when applying for jobs.