Practical placements to enhance your career
Our focus goes beyond your degree - we place a great deal of importance on preparing you to embark upon a successful career after you graduate. We offer a variety of voluntary, work experience and placement opportunities to enable you to find out more about the world of Classics and prepare for your future.
The University has a long standing reputation of working with local schools through our Students in Schools scheme. Students volunteer to work alongside teachers in local schools with the aim of raising the aspirations of school pupils. This experience enables you to further develop your own skills and knowledge, a particularly useful opportunity if you aspire to a teaching career.
"I teach Classics full-time at a school in Wiltshire, where I am also a resident tutor, and coach some sport. During my BA, I was offered the opportunity to do some teaching in Reading, which I loved."
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology regularly hosts ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian workshops for local primary schools, and our students are able to assist in the production of materials for these school visits; another valuable opportunity for anyone interested in teaching as a future career.
We are also involved in two schemes - 'Literacy through Latin' and the 'Minimus' Scheme - which offer our students the opportunity to teach Latin to primary school children. The goal is to support and enhance Key Stage 2 curriculum strategies across subjects, particularly focusing on literacy and linguistic skills. Students who undertake the schemes are able to develop skills in teaching, managing children in classroom situations, and interacting with teaching staff and parents.
We also run the Reading Ancient Schoolroom, which is a project to enable modern students to find out first-hand what the ancient world was really like by attending a re-created ancient school. Staff and lecturers from the department run the day, in character as Roman teachers. Watch our film to see what happens at the ancient schoolroom:
Find out more about the ancient schoolroom.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology provides plentiful work experience opportunities to students who aspire to a career in the museum or heritage sector. At the start of each term we advertise a number of projects for which you are able to apply: roles typically involve cataloguing items, improving online databases, cleaning objects and producing temporary displays and texts. The museum is open daily during the term-time and is also open to the public, offering opportunities to engage with the local community.
"I had the pleasure of volunteering at the Ure Museum during my degree. It allowed me to gain valuable skills and experience around my studies, and to participate in a really enjoyable group project between the museum and local schools. I still utilise these skills and experience today within my role at the British Museum."
Academic Placement modules
The Academic Placement Module allows you to work directly with an academic member of staff on their own research projects, between your first and second years of study. This valuable experience enables you to develop key research skills which you can apply to your studies, offers an insight into the world of professional academia, and can help you to decide on a career-path.
"I worked closely with an academic who was piecing together classical images that were used during the suffragette movement, culminating in an exhibition. This placement helped me develop my research and presentation skills, and expand my experience in archives."
professional placement year
Doing a professional placement year will not only help you build your skills and professional network, but will also increase your confidence in the workplace and allow you to explore your career options before you graduate. During your placement year you can choose from many countries worldwide. Previous students have gone as far afield as Australia, China, the US and Zambia. Currently we have two History students on year-long placements with the Treasury through this scheme.
Take advantage of this opportunity and make the most of your time at university by graduating with a year's experience under your belt. Many of our placement year students receive job offers from their placement providers and return for their final year of study with a secured graduate position.
Professional Placement Year Training and Support
Our Placement Coordinators are here to help you every step of the way and you will receive one-to-one support and professional placement training to ensure that you are fully equipped to secure a top-quality placement. We will also support you whilst you are on your placement and ensure that you have a successful transition back to university life when you return for your final year.
Work placements programme
The professional placement year doesn't suit everyone, but we still want you to be able to access work experience opportunities during your time at university, as it increases your employability and allows you to explore your career options.
Working with the Careers Service, the Department runs a module allowing you to undertake a five-day placement in a relevant workplace. Placements include time spent in museums, archives and similar Classics-related settings.
Dedicated advice and one-to-one support for non-credit bearing internships and work experience is available from our team of Careers Consultants in the Careers Service.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme
If you're considering the Classics for a career, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) is an excellent opportunity for you. Offered for six weeks over the summer holiday or part-time over a longer period, this is a great chance for second-year students to work with staff on current research projects. Examples of past opportunities include working on digital modelling and curating an online exhibition which was presented in the Houses of Parliament and featured in a BBC2 documentary. The scheme is paid, so you have the opportunity to earn as you learn.
"I've been fortunate enough to have had five UROP students work with me, on digital modelling projects such as Virtual Rome, and Roman Scotland. I really value the insights and perspectives UROP students bring to my work and research."
Contact the department
Contact us to discuss how we help you to prepare for your future career.