Are you wondering how to convert your History degree into a successful career in business? You don't have to have studied Mangement or Finance to work your way up to the boardroom.
Meet three CEOs who studied History at university and turned an unlikely undergraduate degree into a springboard for business success.
1. Ken Chenault
Today Ken Chenault is CEO of American Express, only the third black Chief Executive of a Fortune 500 company. In 1973 he was a History graduate fresh out of Bowdoin College, Maine.
After completing a law degree and spending some time in the legal sector, Ken cut his business teeth as a consultant for Bain & Company before joining American Express in 1981. From a middle management position, he worked his way to the top - his mantra: "Everyone can make a conscious choice to be a leader."
2. Susan Wojcicki
Susan Wojcicki has a degree in History and Literature from Harvard and went on to become the CEO of YouTube. Not only has she become an eminent figure in the business world with a Humanities degree but she's also risen to the top of the Technology sector.
Her advice to women looking to follow her in footsteps: "Though we do need more women to graduate with technical degrees, I always like to remind women that you don't need to have science or technology degrees to build a career in tech."
3. Lloyd Blankfein
Goldman Sachs CEO, Lloyd Blankfein holds a History degree and started his career as a lawyer after graduating from Harvard Law School. He discovered that working hard to excel and taking opportunities as they arise are the keys to moving your career in the direction you want it to go.
“I started out as a lawyer and came in laterally to Goldman Sachs. So I learned myself that life is unpredictable. That you really should, in terms of your career, try to be excellent at what you're doing."
Many graduate recruiters are actively looking for talented individuals with non-traditional degree backgrounds for their sector. Firms want to work with a blank canvas, someone who they can shape and teach their specific ways of working.
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