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Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives (BA)

After graduation

As a Philosophy graduate you will have developed strong academic competences, backed up by resourcefulness and a broad outlook. Your hands-on experience in processing complex ideas will be a very appealing asset for a prospective employer and your intercultural skills will be widely sought after.

What are your skills after graduation?

After graduating from this Philosophy programme you will have received a multidisciplinary, multi-perspective education in Philosophy that is highly relevant for the 21st century. You will have developed critical and analytical reasoning, skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to systematically process complex issues, either individually or as part of a team, and the capacity to work with abstract texts. Moreover, you will also have an open mindset and sound intercultural skills.

Your career prospects

Graduates of the programme who want to further their academic education can continue with a master’s programme. Having successfully completed a master’s you will have earned the title Master of Arts (MA), which will significantly increase your chances of finding a position at academic level. 
Read more about our Master's programmes

Where you find a job afterwards will depend upon your interests, knowledge and skills, and the elective choices that you made during your study. What is certain, however, is that you will be qualified to work in a broad range of sectors.​​​​​​​
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Jaap van Diggele

Graduate

Jaap van Diggele

"I work at the Dutch Consulate General in Istanbul, where I’m part of the Syria-team. Right now we’re giving a lot of thought to the post-ISIS era in Syria; once the armies have left, it’s important that there’s a civilian body that can take over. All the problems and political sensitivities that are involved in this process are actually philosophical issues."

"You have to analyse complex problems, carry out research, be able to interpret reports and think up the best solution; it’s one enormous thought experiment that takes all your thinking capacity.  That’s philosophy for me in a nutshell:  first get a clear view of the problem, and then use your insights to deal with it."

Lisanne Stoffer

Graduate

Lisanne Stoffer

“I’ve been taken on by a consultancy firm that advises local authorities on how to handle phenomena such as population shrinkage, problem youths and population ageing. All these are issues for which there are no simple answers, and which we philosophy students are very used to!”

Humanities Career Event

Each year, the Faculty of Humanities organises a Humanities Careers Event. This all-day event is your chance to learn everything you can about how to find the job you want and successfully attain it. The event includes workshops on a wide range of topics as well as opportunities to network with alumni and potential employers and attain tips, information and potential job leads.

Check out the video of the Humanities Career Event 2018!

Career Service

The Career Service of Leiden University’s Faculty of Humanities will be pleased to give you personal advice and guidance about internships and jobs, as well as courses and workshops in career-planning, job-applications and interviews. We can also provide contact details for potential employers. Furthermore, an internship coordinator and career advisor will help you match your interests and abilities with suitable internships and career options. You can contact the Student Career Service up to six months after you graduate.

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