What can I do with a philosophy degree?
Philosophy students tend to have an inquisitive nature, and are willing to question just about anything and everything.
They are naturally suited to careers in research or politics. Plenty of philosophy graduates go on to work with charities, and publishing is also a popular choice.
This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.
You will have the following skills and abilities:
- logical and analytical thinking and reasoning
- problem solving
- written and oral communication – presentation of ideas and information
- able to interpret, condense and clarify information
- a significant amount of creativity
- able to formulate your own opinions and defend them in debate
- curiosity, and lateral thinking
- the ability to interpret and analyse a variety of different information
- a willingness to debate any point
With some further training, philosophy graduates would also be appropriate for careers in:
- social services
- citizens’ advice
- Civil Service
If none of these career paths are up your street, there are plenty of other options available. Take a leaf from the following philosophy graduates:
- Matt Groening
- Nick the Greek (professional gambler)
- Ricky Gervais
- Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell (Linkin Park bassist)
- T S Eliot
- Carol Ann Duffy