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Sample Career Options

Note: Additional training and education may be required.

Because philosophy provides such a comprehensive undergraduate foundation, our graduates have the freedom to pursue a variety of professions or graduate degrees. Some examples include:

  • campaign/elections officer
  • community development officer
  • diplomat/embassy worker
  • editor
  • ethicist
  • foreign services worker
  • labour negotiator
  • lawyer/paralegal/judge
  • librarian
  • management/business consultant
  • mediator
  • political strategist
  • postsecondary education administrator
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • publisher/copy editor
  • researcher
  • teacher/professor
  • technical writer
  • underwriter

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

  • business consulting firms
  • cultural organizations
  • educational institutions
  • foundations
  • government
  • legal services
  • non-profit organizations
  • political parties
  • publishing companies
  • social service agencies

Laurier Grads are Successful

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • contracts and trade compliance administrator
  • field marketing representative
  • law clerk
  • media administrator
  • underwriting assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • Master’s degree: Philosophy, Applied Politics, Theological Studies.
  • College program: Publishing, Technical Writing, Public Relations.
  • Bachelor’s degree: Education.
  • JD: Law.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • bioethicist and mental health advocate
  • events coordinator
  • lawyer
  • learning facilitator
  • program director
  • senior account manager

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

Employers have identified these top four skills as important when evaluating entry-level candidates­. As a Laurier student, you gain these skills through the opportunities available to you.

Functional Knowledge

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the central problems, debates and movements within three primary areas of Philosophy: Epistemology and Metaphysics, Values and Society, and History of Philosophy.
  • Articulate some of the major theoretical approaches within the three above-mentioned areas, and be able to apply select approaches in one's own writing and research.
  • Identify a philosophical problem and analyze key argumentative elements such as premises, conclusions, presuppositions, and empirical versus a priori reasoning.
  • Identify and understand the characteristics of a well-structured and well-supported argument within a philosophical context.
  • Develop and display a sensitivity to the historical, social, political and cultural forces that may shape and influence philosophical problems and perspectives.

Collaboration/Teamwork Skills

  • Work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others for team success.
  • Oversee, lead and/or contribute to a project including determining goals, planning details, making decisions and completing tasks.
  • Demonstrate professional behaviour and an understanding of individual perspectives and diversity.

Communication Skills

  • Read philosophical works closely, charitably and actively, and be able to generate clear and accurate expository accounts of other peoples' work/arguments.
  • Explain information, ideas and opinions effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Probe for information by asking questions and listening, and engage in constructive conversations.
  • Prepare interesting and informative reports and presentations for diverse audiences using current technology.

Problem-Solving Skills

  • Identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources.
  • Learn, understand and critically interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations.
  • Set priorities, meet deadlines and manage time, data and resources.
  • Make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively, identify and consider all sides of an issue.
  • Analyze and evaluate data to discuss, support and/or question ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals.