Philosophy teaches you how to think for yourself and how to analyse and communicate ideas clearly and logically. Find out where these versatile skills can lead you

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Work experience

Whatever career area you're interested in, finding some short-term paid or voluntary work will improve your prospects of getting a job and can give you a valuable insight into how a company or institution operates. It may also help you decide whether you want to work in the public, private or voluntary sector.

Entry-level work in competitive areas such as the media, PR and publishing is a good way of 'getting a foot in the door' and may lead to rewarding long-term work. If you want to go on to further study to become a teacher or a solicitor or barrister, you'll also need to have some relevant work experience before you apply.

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Typical employers

Philosophy graduates are found working for almost every type of employer in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Opportunities are available in arts-based areas like publishing, the media, journalism, advertising and teaching, through to computing and IT.

Typical employers include:

  • local government and the Civil Service
  • advertising, marketing and public relations agencies
  • management consultancies
  • secondary schools, further education colleges and higher education institutions
  • law firms
  • publishing companies
  • charities
  • banking and insurance companies
  • accountancy firms
  • recruitment agencies.

Find information on employers in law, accountancy, banking and finance, and other job sectors.

Skills for your CV

Studying philosophy helps you:

  • analyse and construct sound arguments
  • distinguish fine differences between views and find common ground
  • present ideas convincingly through well-constructed, systematic arguments
  • write clearly and persuasively
  • generate ideas and come up with solutions to problems
  • be open to new ideas and ways of thinking.

You also gain general transferable skills including:

  • self motivation and the capacity for independent study and thought
  • the ability to prioritise work and meet deadlines
  • flexibility and creativity
  • the capacity to identify, absorb and sift complex information
  • team working
  • increased knowledge of IT.

Further study

Some philosophy graduates go on to further study in philosophy. This could be with the intention of pursuing a career as a lecturer or simply due to their love of the subject, or both. Other related areas of interest include politics, ethics, international development and sociology.

For careers in law, lecturing and teaching, you'll need further qualifications. In areas such as journalism and advertising, you may find a postgraduate qualification useful, but relevant work experience is essential. Research the careers that interest you to find out if you'll need to take further study.

For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses.

What do philosophy graduates do?

More than a quarter of the 23% of graduates in further study continue their education in philosophy. Just over a sixth of philosophy graduates are in further study in law.

DestinationPercentage
Employed55.8
Further study23.2
Working and studying6.8
Unemployed7.5
Other6.7
Graduate destinations for philosophy
Type of workPercentage
Secretarial and numerical clerks11.2
Business, HR and financial18.1
Retail, catering and bar work16.7
Marketing, PR and sales12.2
Other41.8
Types of work entered in the UK

Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?

Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.