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Your major helps you develop knowledge, skills and abilities that employers seek.

To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through your coursework, activities and work, consider using the reflection worksheets (accessible via B.hired > Resources) and/or Type Focus (accessible via B.hired > Resources).

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Philosophy

Overview
First Destination Data
Alumni Career Paths
Internships
What to do with a degree in Philosophy
Philosophy Web Sites
Graduate School Information

Overview 

The Philosophy Department guides students to explore ideas that are central to the ways we live, but upon which we generally do not reflect, such as time, language, knowledge and identity. Philosophy students expand skills in critical thinking, sound reasoning, enlightened use of their imaginations and the capacity to analyze complex issues.
 
This major is of enormous use in the pursuit of any vocation. Many graduates go on to advanced study for teaching, law and public policy.

First Destination Data

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. Click here to download a sortable spreadsheet listing the first destination graduate programs and employment opportunities that Philosophy alumni from the classes of 2008-2012 secured within six months of graduation.

The diverse list is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Philosophy major at Brandeis.

Philosophy Alumni

The Hiatt Center is pleased to provide a list of organizations, titles and fields of alumni who majored in your discipline. The list represents a wide array of professions, which is indicative of the wealth of transferable skills students cultivate as a Philosophy major at Brandeis.

Year Company Title
Industry
2014 Goldman Sachs Technology Analyst Finance
2014 RAIT Financial Trust Commercial Real Estate Analyst Real Estate/Finance
2014 Julius Baer Project Manager Banking
2013 Project Plus One Assistant Director of External Operations Nonprofit
2013 NERA Economic Consulting Research Associate

Consulting

2012 GigaOM Buisness Development Consultant Computer Science
2012 Wachtel, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Paralegal Law
2012 ThoughtWorks Software Engineer Software
2012 Cape Cod Regional Technical High School Math Teacher Education
2011 Tufts medical Center Media Relations and Internal Communications Specialist Healthcare - Finance/Accounting
2010 Continuity Partners Associate Recruiter Sales/Marketing
2010 Family Equality Council Executive Assistant Nonprofit
2009 Generation Citizen Managing Director Social Service/Education
2008 Commonwealth of Massachussets Legislative Aide Politics

Internships 

In addition to you coursework, internships can be extremely beneficial as you develop academic and professional skills.  The Brandeis Internship Exchange is an easy and convenient online tool for you to find and share real internship opportunities.  Just log on with your UNET ID and use the advanced search to identify majors' internships.


What to Do with a Degree in Philosophy (.pdf)


  Philosophy Web Sites

Graduate School Information and Resources


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Skills, Abilities & Knowledge

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Your program of study at Brandeis University provides both field-specific knowledge and a broad range of transferable skills, abilities and knowledge that are sought after by all employers in all fields and enhance your experience and success in the world of work. To identify additional skills and abilities you have developed through coursework, activities and work, take TypeFocus.

Skills and Abilities1

  • Communicating in logical manner; talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Deductive Reasoning – Inferring from a general principle

Knowledge

  • Clarifying the nature of interactions between individuals and society.
  • Understanding the nature of one’s own beliefs.
  • Theories and principles about different philosophic and religious holdings.
  • Relationships between the individual and the state.
  • Understanding of one’s self and one’s surroundings.

1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development


Sample of Possible Occupations

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Consultant
Lawyer
Announcer
Lobbyist
Arts Consultant
Credit Analyst
Management Analyst
Assistant Buyer
Critic
Management Trainee
Marketing Research
Author
Business Administrator
Diplomat
Editorial Assistant

Newswriter
Employment Interviewer
Nursing Home Director
Financial Consultant
Clergy
Professor
Columnist
Journalist
Public Policy Manager
Public Relations Representative
Religious Researcher
Public Service Official
Religious Staff Writer
Social Worker
Systems Analyst



1 Excerpted from O*Net OnLine, US Department of Labor by the National Center for O*Net Development