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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

Online Resources

  • Canadian Philosophical Association
  • Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Canadian Bioethics Society
  • American Philosophical Association
  • Canadian Society for the Study of Practical Ethics

More career resources are available through the Career Centre’s Navigator portal.

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.

Contact Us:

Kristine Dyck (Senior Administrative Assistant)

E: kdyck@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3459
Office Location: DAWB 4-148