14 Unavoidable Problems Every History and Politics Student Will Face After Graduation
Even students who study the best of degrees face some unavoidable problems after graduation.
1. The assumption you dream of being a politician or a history teacher.
Because those are the only two things you can do now, of course.
2. And being questioned why if you’re not yet either of those things.
How dare you?
3. Not being able to face opening a history book for a long, long time.
As much as you have a passion for the subject, the amount of sources you have ingested across three years makes you need some time out. Game of Thrones doesn’t count.
4. Getting tired of saying you studied joint honours.
Sometimes you’re a history graduate, others you have a detailed knowledge of South African election protocol. Rarely do you say both.
5. And still wondering if you should have maybe done single honours.
Splitting the course across two related subject boundaries may have seemed a great idea, but you worry that you missed out on exploring them in more depth.
6. The “what are you going to do with your degree” question.
All graduates get this in some way, but humanities students are often thought to be doing it purely for love of the subject without a clear plan. But is that a bad thing?
7. Automatically being assigned as the in-house expert for debates.
You know how to write an essay on slavery in 18th century America so clearly you can sort out peace in the Middle East. Go figure (although they may just be right, you are a humanities graduate).
8. Always having to break down the historical accuracy of films and TV shows.
You can no longer watch a Roman era epic or Elizabethan period piece without analysing whether the coffee table is authentic to the time.
9. And thinking of politics as a cynical, dishonest popularity contest.
Well, nothing has changed there.
10. While House of Cards is a scarily accurate life drama.
There is less breaking the fourth wall in the White House but Frank Underwood can be referenced as more than just a character on a niche online series. Your degree finally seems worthwhile.
11. No longer being able to claim that watching everything with historical leaning is for research.
The student days of citing Blackadder marathons as vital for fleshing out your essay don’t hold as that lecture on the Somme becomes nostalgic instead of contemporary.
12. Regretting you didn’t go on more protests.
Politics students are supposed to descend on London at the first sign of Marmite’s price being raised. You can’t get those days back, love it or hate it.
13. Voting takes on a whole new severity for you, from both a political and historical point of view.
You have been so used to having to back up every argument, and armed with details about political processes that mere mortals don’t know. Putting an X in a box becomes a torturous ordeal.
14. And wondering if you’ll ever stop secretly missing being a student.
You’ll be quoting your lecturers take on the Cold War or the Thatcher years in your 70s. History and Politics gives you an unrivalled knowledge of the past and preparation for the future.