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Philosophy

What can I do with this Discipline/major?

Common Career Titles for Philosophy from the Occupational Outlook Handbook:
Court Reporter
Editor
Judge, Mediator, and Hearing Officer
Lawyer
Librarian
Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapist
Network and Computer Systems Administrator
Paralegals and Legal Assistant
Physician and Surgeon
Politician
Postsecondary Teacher
Psychologist
Rehabilitation Counselor
Reporter, Correspondent, Broadcast News Analyst
School and Career Counselor
Social Worker
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselor
Writer and Author


Additional Resources - Careers in Philosophy

Vault Downloadable Guides

  • Career Launcher: Education
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  • Career Launcher: Nonprofit Organizations
  • Vault Career Guide to Fundraising and Philanthropy
  • Vault Career Guide to International Development
  • Vault Career Guide to Social Work
  • Vault Career Guide to Biotech
  • Vault Career Guide to Capitol Hill Careers
  • Vault Career Guide to Education Careers
  • Vault Career Guide to Government Agency Careers
  • Vault Career Guide to Journalism and Information Media
  • Vault Career Guide to Library Careers
  • Vault Career Guide to Nonprofit Careers
  • Vault Career Guide to Technology Careers

Follow these instructions to download the guides listed above:

  1. Log in to Vault.com (The first time you log in, you will need to follow the "New to Vault?" instructions. You must use your TU email address to create an account.)
  2. Click on the "Guides" tab on the far right
  3. Click on "All Guides (A to Z)" and scroll through the list to find the title you want.
  4. Click the "View Guide" button to access the guide

Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources.

 

TU Philosophy Department Internship Coordinator: Dr. Anne Ashbaugh

 

Research/Internship Opportunities:

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Career Mentor Database) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

The sample resumes are provided for your information. We encourage you to look at the resume sample for your major in addition to the other samples that are included in our resume sample database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview, you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the Interview Skills section of the Career Center’s Web site. You can practice your interview skills online via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

  • Why did you choose to study philosophy?
  • Name three strengths that you possess.
  • Tell us about your experience in this field. What was challenging? What was your contribution?
  • Talk about your research or writing skills in relation to school, work, or extracurricular activities.
  • What motivates you?
  • How do you balance your reliance on facts versus intuition?
  • Describe a time where you made a major sacrifice to achieve an important goal.
  • What interests you the most about philosophy?
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
  • What 2-3 things are the most important to you in a job? Why?

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings, field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.

 

 

The Career Center
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Call to schedule an appointment.
Express Hours Fall and Spring Semester: Monday – Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m.
(No appointment needed for 15-minute consultation)

Phone: 410-704-2233
Fax: 410-704-3459
E-mail: careercenter@towson.edu



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