We have good relationships with our alumni and organise annual events where you can have the chance to meet them and find out about their career paths. A philosophy degree will equip you with skills that can be applied to a number of professions, take a look at some of the jobs our alumni are now doing across a variety of sectors.
How will studying philosophy help me to find a fulfilling job?
Philosophy is fundamentally concerned with the question: what does a flourishing human life look like? When you choose a philosophy degree, you are embarking on a course which will equip you with the skills needed to think carefully and deeply about what matters in a good life, and how individual happiness is related to friendships, relationships, family, society, the political system, and culture. Whatever you end up doing with your life, a philosophy degree will forever change the way you look at things: once you've spent three years wondering what truth is, and whether we have any knowledge, and why art is valuable, you'll never be able to approach mundane practical matters in quite the same way!
In addition, your philosophical training will give you a whole raft of 'transferable skills'. What that means is: you'll develop capacities and abilities through studying philosophy that potential employers will value immensely. These include:
For example, the ability to think critically about a problem or issue; to analyse an argument; to synthesise different ideas and texts.
For example, the ability to write clearly, concisely, and grammatically; to give oral presentations; to participate in a discussion; to chair a meeting; to listen effectively.
For example, the ability to work independently, to organise your own schedule, to meet deadlines, to manage competing demands on your time.
For example, the ability to work with others; to encourage and support others' learning; to be flexible and responsive
For example, the ability to conduct literature reviews; to organise a research project; to use relevant resources in the library and online; to structure a large piece of work
Durham University's Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre
Our careers centre provides a wide range of services and resources to students and graduates. You can book 1-1 advice sessions, download guidance leaflets on CVs, interviews, and career planning, and sign up for training workshops. They can also help you with: