Careers in Government
Christopher Watson, Project Co-ordinator for Global London, UKTI (graduated 2008)
I have very fond memories of my studies at Lancaster. The department's wide range of expertise and module flexibility kept your interest levels high, being able to move unrestricted from one historic period to the next. The library was also fantastic for its extensive research material and ease of navigation. I am currently working for UK Trade and Investment, a government branch that aims to promote UK business abroad. As part of the International Trade Team I assist in the export potential of small and medium enterprises from the London region, establishing Missions all over the world to allow companies opportunities to grow within the global markets. My time at Lancaster gave me an excellent grounding for my future, teaching me to always question the absolute and construct well thought out argument, expressing it both verbally and in writing. I couldn't recommend the department enough and will always hold it in high value.
Paul Betts, Economic Adviser, NHS Confederation (graduated 2000)
I had a great time in Lancaster and really enjoyed studying both medieval history with Sandy Grant as well as a little bit of philosophy too. When I left Lancaster I still had no real idea of what I would do or how my university skills and knowledge would be useful! However, I found a job that I assumed would be temporary in a hospital and have worked in jobs related to health ever since. I moved from the hospital to working in public health, to working for a leading management consultancy and now in health policy for the NHS Confederation. At first, history would not seem to be a very relevant subject but my specific field now is health policy and the skills I learnt at Lancaster have been incredibly valuable. In particular the ability to critically read and analyse information, apply my wider knowledge and write a compelling argument have been vital.