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Career prospects

What can you do with a philosophy degree?

Studying Philosophy develops skills highly sought after by employers: analytical and critical thinking; constructing and defending a coherent argument; grasping complex ideas, and creatively imagining alternative possibilities. 

What opportunities are there?

Our Philosophy graduates have gone on to a range of careers including: central and local government, charities, finance, IT management, media and private sector management. More information on opportunities for Philosophy graduates can be found on the Prospects website.

Around 30% of our recent graduates have gone on to further academic study or professional training in areas including law and journalism. 

Advice for current students‌‌‌

Overall, I would say that studying philosophy teaches you to think carefully and precisely, a quality I’m sure most employers value highly.

Alan, Philosophy graduate

Dr Fiora Salis is the Department’s careers liaison officer, organising and promoting events for current students. Fiora says:

"The sooner you start to reflect on who you are, what you want and the options you have, the easier it will be for you to find the right career. Your career plans may change as you change as a person during your time at York and beyond. Don't underestimate your strengths and transferable skills, which are highly valued in many industries. Good luck!."

‘Your Philosophy Degree - What Next?’ with Claire Mc Mahon and James Darley, Founder and CEO of Transform Society.