Over the many years I have done recruiting on a multitude of positions I have not recruited for a position that specifically required someone to have had a degree in philosophy. I have found that the best way to find out about any career is to go online and ask.
So, I went on Google and asked. I found an interesting site. It said that philosophy majors have, perhaps indirectly, sharpened their ability to speak and write in a clear, articulate, and incisive manner. Due to the nature of the subject matter, many philosophy classes will likely tend to be more discussion-based than lecture-based. As a result, students of philosophy learn to think critically and analyze, and view problems from multiple viewpoints and consider different modes of reasoning.
The article then went to chose different careers where the skills you gain as a philosophy major may serve you well. Most likely if you major in philosophy you may want to make certain you take other classes that might stand out to an employer.
Public Policy position.
There is more information out there that will tell you what people do in certain careers, other sites that might describe a typical day in the role, job sites with openings and job descriptions as well as salary ranges for the positions, etc. YouTube may have videos explaining the same. If you look at multiple sites, look for consistencies in what they say. This should help you feel more comfortable that the information you are reading is accurate.
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My point, and it could be an unpopular one, is that you aren't pigeonholed into academia or law school if you go down this path. You should however explore minors/dual majors in other areas that may help compliment your love for philosophy as well. You may even explore career opportunities at your university or nearby that will help bolster your resume and experience early on so you can ensure you have multiple options right out of the gate.
The major of philosophy potentially has many applications. The most important thing for you to do is to get to know yourself better to determine which application would be most suitable for you based upon your personality traits as they relate to people involved in various career areas and meet and talk to people who are doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can see what they do, how they got there, and what advice and suggestions that they might have for you.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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