Philosophy

In your Philosophy degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

It is essential to investigate your options and assess which match your skill set and interests.  

Popular career options

Some of the most common areas that philosophy graduates are often attracted to include:

  • Administration
  • Culture, arts and heritage
  • Diversity and equal opportunities (roles which ensure inclusive and non-discriminatory facilities and services)
  • Information management
  • Politics
  • Social welfare, advice and guidance 
  • Teaching

Philosophy graduates can also be found in a much wider spectrum of careers including: management, the media, finance, law, sales and marketing.

For more details visit Prospects which provides a list of options with Philosophy.

What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that philosophy graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include:

  • Teaching Assisant
  • Building Society Cashier
  • Sales Assistant
  • Training to teach English to speakers of other languages

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information.  

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As a graduate in Philosophy it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

  • Research, analyse and draw conclusions from different sources of information
  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Articulate arguments and ideas in written form and verbally 
  • Independant thinking    

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

More detail about the skills you have gained is available via: