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Graduate jobs news: Philosophy students 'can convince firms of their abilities'
Monday, 04 August 2008
Taking a degree in a non-technical subject such as philosophy does not necessarily mean that people will be at a disadvantage in the graduate jobs market, according to one expert.
Writing for the Guardian, Irene Krechowiecka explains that a degree in philosophy marks out a former student as "different and quirky" and that is this something that can be used to their advantage.
She said: "Put that to use in convincing employers that your conceptual analysis skills, ability to spot bogus rhetoric and to constructively challenge others' thinking and beliefs are just what their organisation needs."
However, the argument should be put in to terms that will not "scare" prospective employers, she adds.
Last week, a report by Reed Consulting suggested that graduate jobs hunters can boost their chances of landing a role by ensuring they have all the "soft skills" that employers are looking for.
These include being able to grasp complex and difficult issues.