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.

Daniel Cooke, Department of Education (graduated 2007)

I have fond memories of the History Department at Lancaster, mainly because of the interesting choice of subjects, high quality teaching and friendly support network on offer. My programme of study has definitely influenced my career path. I worked at a secondary school supporting pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. I then joined the Civil Service Fast Stream programme at the Department for Education in Westminster. I have contributed to the development of national education policy, which has included writing a publication entitled 'Breaking the Link between Special Educational Needs and Low Attainment' for the previous Labour government. I am currently responsible for resolving Academy funding issues as part of the Coalition government's education reform agenda. The skills I learnt at Lancaster have definitely helped me to succeed in my career. I learnt about working to timescales, how to write succinctly and thematically, the importance of using feedback to improve essays and how to develop ideas with others in a group setting. Even at the job application stage, Dr Warburton kindly wrote a recommendation for me - clear evidence (and yes, all good historians know about the importance of clear evidence) that the History Department at Lancaster don't just wave goodbye when you've finished your degree.

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.