Job Search Techniques for Philosophy Majors

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Job Search Techniques for Philosophy Majors

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

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