Job Search Techniques for Philosophy Majors

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A presentation I developed as part of a job interview at Western Washington University.

A presentation I developed as part of a job interview at Western Washington University.

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  • 1. Job Search Techniques for Philosophy Majors Western Washington University Career Services Center April 13, 2007
  • 2. “ Who are you?”
    • Aimee Elber
    • Career Counselor
    • Western Washington University
    • Career Services Center
    • Old Main 280
    • [email_address]
    • 360.650.5555
  • 3. “ Who am I?”
  • 4. “ Who am I?”
  • 5. “ What marketable skills do I have?”
    • Analytical Skills
    • Organizational Skills
    • Research Skills
    • Oral & Written Communication Skills
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Persuasion Skills
    • Debate Skills
    • Deductive Reasoning Skills
    • Ability to elicit hidden assumptions
    • Flexibility
    • Capacity for growth
    • Logic
    • Abstract thinking
    • Theory development
    • Critical writing
    • Ability to summarize complicated material
  • 6. “ What should I do with my degree?”
    • “ I see it all perfectly;
    • there are two possible
    • situations - one can
    • either do this or that. My
    • honest opinion and my
    • friendly advice is this: do
    • it or do not do it - you will
    • regret both.”
    • ~ Søren Keirkegaard
  • 7. “ Really, what should I do with my degree?”
    • Some popular fields for Philosophy majors:
    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Religion & Ministry
    • Government
    • Ethics
    • Social & Community Services
    • Education
    • Business
    • Writing
  • 8. “ How can I narrow it down?”
    • Determine where your interests lie
    • Examine your syllabi. Which classes do you enjoy?
    • Visit the Career Services Center to take an assessment.
    • Ask questions!
    • * What do I excel at?
    • * What activities do I enjoy?
    • * Where do I want to live?
  • 9. “ Okay, I think I know what I want to do with my degree. How can I find a job?”
    • Career Services Center
    • Career Counselors
    • Assessments
    • Career Center Library
    • Workshops
    • Recruitment Activities
    • Job Opportunity Bulletin Board (JOBB)
    • Alumni Surveys
    • On the web: www.careers.wwu.edu
  • 10. “ What about off-campus resources?”
    • Research the internet
    • Classified ads
    • Staffing agencies
    • Internships & Job Shadows
    • Local libraries
    • Targeted Networking
  • 11. “ What else can I do to prepare?”
    • Volunteer
    • Join clubs and organizations
    • Build your portfolio
    • Seek advice from your professors
    • Conduct informational interviews
    • Develop skills in your chosen field
    • Gain related experience
  • 12. “ Are you going to cite your references?”
    • Of course I am!
    • Email correspondence with Hud Hudson, WWU Philosophy Dept. Chair – 04/09/07
    • Email correspondence with Ken Clatterbaugh, UW Philosophy Dept. Chair – 04/09/07
    • The Philosophical Gourmet Report: 2006 – 2008 - http://www.philosophicalgourmet.com/
    • The Philosophy Major’s Career Handbook - http://web.phil.ufl.edu/ugrad/ugcrhbk.html
    • UNCW Career Services: Philosophy& Religion - http://www.uncwil.edu/stuaff/career/Majors/philoreligion.htm
    • American Philosophical Association Publication: The Philosophy Major - http://www.apa.udel.edu/apa/publications/texts/major.html
    • WWU Career Services Center: http://www.careers.wwu.edu/
    • The Standardized Test Scores of College Graduates – http://www.prs-ltsn.ac.uk/philosophy/reviews/adelman.html
  • 13. “ Is this presentation over?”
    • Yes!