What should I do with my philosophy degree?
Students who study for a degree in Philosophy will be naturally inquisitive and are usually suited to a career in research or politics. A philosophy degree will teach you how to analyse and communicate ideas logically and a whole host of other skills that are in demand by various different employers and sectors.
Natural career paths following a philosophy degree:
- Further education teacher
- Higher education lecturer
- Secondary school teacher
Transferable skills career paths:
- Writing and Publishing
- Research and Academia
- Consulting and Advisory Roles
- Nonprofit and Social Impact Organizations
- Government and Public Service
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Communications and Media
- Psychology and Therapy Services
Many employers will accept applications from students that have studied various degrees.
Those wanting a career that involves philosophical skills should investigate doing an industry placement – pre-entry work is valued highly. Your careers department at your university should be able to help you identify these. These may include opportunities within the following:
- Research Assistantships
- Writing and Publishing
- Volunteer Work
- Academic Assistance
- Customer Service or Sales
- Cultural Institutions
If your university course does not offer a placement year, you may want to consider doing part-time, summer or voluntary work. To give yourself a head start, you can reach out to local businesses to see if there is a need for the skills you have already developed throughout your degree and the opportunity to learn and grow.
Any kind of pre-entry experience will give your application an advantage. It will also help you to develop the essential skills needed to succeed in the industry. Employers value work experience very highly, and it will also allow you to network and build a list of contacts who may become useful in the future.
The skills you will develop through a philosophy degree are in demand across various public, private and not-for-profit employers. The most common industries where philosophy graduates have found employment include publishing, the media, journalism, human resources, marketing, advertising and teaching. Typical employers of philosophy students include:
- Nonprofit Organisations
- Government and Public Service
- Law Firms
- Journalism and Media
- Research Institutions
- Think Tanks
- Publishing and Editing
- Entrepreneurship and Startups
Below are some of the job titles you earn with a philosophy degree:
- Professor/Assistant Professor
- Policy Analyst
- Lawyer/Legal Consultant
- Nonprofit Program Manager
- Government Official
- Communications Specialist
- Content Strategist
- Philanthropy Officer
- Market Research Analyst
Unlike other degrees, few careers in philosophy are directly linked to philosophy degrees. However, a philosophy degree can provide you with skills that will be useful in both your personal and professional life, including communication, critical and logical thinking and the ability to see every argument for a multitude of angles and evaluate and analyse it effectively.
Skills for your CV
Through your degree, you will learn various professional skills, such as how to analyse and alongside this, you will have developed additional skills which will be transferable.
Make sure the following skills are highlighted on your CV:
- Critical thinking
- Communication skills
- Research and analysis
- Ethical reasoning
- Adaptability and open-mindedness
- Logical reasoning
- Persuasive writing and argumentation
- Attention to detail
- Cultural awareness and empathy
A philosophy student will be able to see the bigger picture in every situation. You will be extremely creative and confident with presenting your ideas to others, as well as taking on constructive criticism and learning from others.
Some philosophy graduates will choose to continue studying and progress to a Masters and PhD. This will usually be because they have a particular interest in teaching the subject to others or simply love it. However, a philosophy degree also lays the foundation for many other career paths. It is a very flexible degree that allows you to take your career in whichever direction you want it to. This could be in other related areas of interest, such as politics, ethics, international development and sociology.
If you want to specialise in a specific industry, such as law, lecturing or teaching, you will be required to undertake further qualifications. Some sectors will either require specific qualifications or will look for previous work experience where you will already have the basic skills necessary for that industry.
What are philosophy graduates doing?
Philosophy graduates’ most popular career paths include teaching professionals, sales, marketing, business, research, admin or finance.
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