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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:

  • community development officer
  • diplomat/embassy worker
  • editor
  • ethical consultant
  • foreign service officer
  • labour negotiator
  • lawyer/paralegal/judge
  • librarian/information specialist
  • management/business consultant
  • mediator
  • political strategist
  • professor
  • public policy analyst
  • public relations specialist
  • publisher/copy editor
  • teacher
  • technical writer

Sample Industries / Types of Employers

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

Laurier Grads are Successful

Laurier Graduate Survey Results (2019)

Respondents from the Laurier Graduate Survey conducted by Career Centre. Graduates were surveyed within 12 months of graduation.

17 Philosophy Graduates:

  • Employed: 18.2%
  • Pursuing Further Education: 63.6%
  • Looking for Work: 18.2%

Sample Jobs within the First Year After Graduation

  • contracts and trade compliance administrator
  • financial advisor
  • law clerk
  • service supervisor
  • underwriting assistant

Sample Further Education Programs within the First Year After Graduation

  • JD: Law.
  • Master’s degree: International Security, Philosophy, Public Policy.
  • College program: Publishing, Technical Writing, Human Resources.

Careers of Alumni Two-Five Years After Graduation

  • applied ethics researcher
  • bioethicist and mental health advocate
  • development and communications coordinator
  • lawyer
  • learning facilitator
  • program director
  • senior policy advisor

Develop Your Knowledge and Skills

At Laurier, develop these competencies through both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to help you achieve your goals for the future.

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.
  • Discover how information is sourced, valued and used in creating new knowledge.

Collaboration/Teamwork

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.