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Know Your Skills

You’ve already got skills!

While working towards your degree you will develop skills inside and outside the classroom that will attract the attention of employers and help you achieve your future goals. Knowing what your skills are is the first step.

Philosophy Skills & Knowledge

Philosophy Skills and knowledge you may gain from your program:

  • Apply reflectively critical thinking to research
  • Develop creative and effective problem-solving strategies
  • Understand the basic principles and assumptions of important views
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, in written and verbal form
  • Examine information sources for bias and error
  • Explain the ethical dimensions of decision making

Transferable Skills

Transferable skills are a core set of skills and personal attributes that you can develop almost anywhere! They allow you to be adaptable and to succeed in virtually any work or school environment, as well as in everyday life. As a Carleton student, you are already gaining these valuable skills when you study, work at a Co-op or part-time job, volunteer, complete a practicum, join a club or engage in sports, even when doing group projects.

Here is a list of transferable skills which are highly sought after by employers. It was developed according to reports and research produced by provincial and federal governments, think tanks, and professional associations. Scroll through to learn more about People, Research & Planning, Thinking, and Personal Skills and to identify the skills you are developing!

Visit the Philosophy website for more resources 

Future Possibilities in Philosophy

There are many paths and possibilities available to you upon graduation. The path that you choose to take with your degree will be influenced by a number of things: your skills, interests and values, the job market, the people you meet and even chance events!  

Here is a sample of the diverse career paths of recent alumni created using data from LinkedIn. You can also check out career paths of Carleton alumni by visiting LinkedIn. Some positions may require additional education, training and experience.   

  • ESL Instructor in Language School
  • Regional Account Manager in Computer Hardware Sales
  • Manager in Yoga Centre
  • Production Coordinator in International Language Training
  • Research and Coordination in Federal Government
  • Marketing and Content Strategist in Marketing and Design
  • Corporate Account Manager in IT Consulting
  • Policy Analyst in Federal Government
  • Senior Account Executive in Public Relations and Marketing
  • Director of Operations in Professional Sport
  • Division Director in Financial Services
  • Director of Outreach in International Philanthropy
  • Account Manager in Software Sales
  • Media Manager in Marketing
  • Software Licensing Specialist in IT

  • Editing
  • Project Management
  • Consulting
  • Teaching
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Legal Services
  • Event Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Research
  • Writing
  • Quality Assurance
  • Public Relations
  • Communications

  • Analysis Manager
  • ESL Teacher
  • Corporate Account Management
  • Policy Analyst
  • Marketing and Content Strategist
  • Researcher
  • Analyst
  • Account Manager
  • Director of Operations
  • Recruit Analyst
  • Financial Services Director
  • Outreach Director
  • Campaign Manager
  • Media Manager
  • Software Licensing Specialist
  • Editor
  • Junior Copywriter
  • Lawyer
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Marketing and Communications Officer

Get Involved, Gain Skills

Getting involved in on- and off-campus activities for pay or as a volunteer helps develop skills, build resumes, construct successful graduate and professional school applications, and will help you to succeed in life after graduation. It will also help you to clarify your interests and strengths.

Within Your Program

Many programs have societies and clubs which provide excellent opportunities for you to get to know your peers and discuss topics related to your degree. Your department may also offer opportunities to get involved in conferences, associations, co-op and practicum placements, events, and research. Your professors are also an invaluable resource.

Visit your department’s office or website to discover events and opportunities for current students.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Co-Curricular Record

The Co-Curricular Record (CCR) is an official document of your involvement outside of the classroom.

Search the Co-Curricular Record to find activities that will match your interests and build your employability skills.

Visit the CCR Website 


Step 1 – Connect with Career Services and access numerous resources to:

  • Explore career paths
  • Identify and showcase your skills to increase your employability
  • Strategically look for jobs, volunteer and experiential opportunities

Step 2 – Check out the LinkedIn Students App to:

  • Discover jobs that are a good fit for your degree, see career paths of recent alumni and build your network