Philosophy - Introduction

Potential careers

Graduates from these courses enter a range of occupations across many sectors of the economy. Recent destination data shows graduates working in educational settings, with job titles such as Teaching Assistant, Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, Education Support Officer, and Assistant Director of a Learning Centre.

 Philosophy graduates are also represented outside of education in public relations work, retail management, and youth work. A number of graduates are working in non-graduate positions six months after graduation, mainly in administrative and sales roles, developing further skills and experience in preparation for their graduate career.

The proportion of graduates undertaking further study after graduation is slightly higher than the average for the University as a whole, with the majority undertaking Masters degrees, often in Philosophy-related areas.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

Philosophy - what University of Sheffield graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider, such as Lecturer in Further or Higher Education, or Secondary School Teacher. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

Options with your subject - Philosophy

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

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What can I do with a philosophy degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore types of jobs

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

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