Bachelor of arts in Philosophy and Ethics

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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

Job options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Secondary school teacher
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
  • Barrister
  • Chaplain
  • Civil Service Fast Streamer
  • Health service manager
  • Local government officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Paralegal
  • Policy officer
  • Psychotherapist
  • Recruitment consultant
  • Solicitor
  • Stockbroker

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.

Visit your institution's careers service to find out about opportunities for work placements and voluntary work in a range of sectors.

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
banking and insurance companies
accountancy firms
recruitment agencies.

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