Careers in Philosophy

The employment figures for philosophy graduates are high and rising because the skills Philosophy gives you are highly valued by all sorts of employers in diverse organisations.

Philosophy focuses on the clear and systematic expression of ideas, the logical development of arguments and the careful use of examples and analogies, so philosophical education develops communication skills, persuasive powers, problem solving and writing abilities.

Philosophy graduates are also able to address unfamiliar, novel problems.

These skills are directly applicable to other intellectual disciplines, professions and non-academic careers such as:

  • law
  • publishing
  • journalism
  • broadcast media
  • social services
  • espionage
  • teaching
  • computing
  • systems analysis

What recruitment professionals tell us

Philosophy lies at the heart of our approach to recruiting and developing our leadership. We need people who can look for different approaches and take an open mind.

Lucy Adams
Human Resources Director, Serco business and consultancy

A Philosophy degree trains the individual's brain and gives them the ability to provide management-consulting firms with the sort of skills they require and clients demand.

Fiona Czerniawska
Director, Management Consultancies Association think tank

The limiting factor in executive development these days is people who can't do lateral thinking. Instead, they have a vocational or technical skill, and it runs out of gas very, very early. The ones who will end up in the top 20 jobs in the organisation are people who can stand back and examine the context in which business operates, connecting the dots in creative ways and transforming the business.

Matthew W. Barrett
former Chief Executive Officer, Barclays

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