Hope for Philosophy Majors

Forbes finds that philosophy majors sometimes have an advantage:

So, you spent the last four years at college pondering man’s purpose in the universe. Now it’s time to figure out how you’re going to turn that knowledge into a paycheck every two weeks.

Have no fear. The consensus among the people with their fingers on the pulse of the job market, and those who live the success stories, is that your future is bright. And no, it doesn’t have to be at a law practice.

It would seem that most employers are keeping an open mind these days and in some instances even preferring a broad-based academic background.

Mark Charnock, president and general manager of MonsterTRAK, a division of Monster.com, said philosophy students fit a profile that employers are seeking more and more….

“First and foremost, they’re looking for ‘change agents,’ ” he said.

“They’re looking for people they could empower later and that have a broad-based background to come into the organization and sort of elicit this change within it.”

Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, himself a philosophy and Asian Studies double major, explains the advantages of having majored in philosophy:

“You come equipped with a great set of mental muscles,” Byrne said.

“You come equipped with the ability to learn in new and unfamiliar areas. Typically, you come with the ability to express yourself well, to write well and to think deeply about problems and to sort of get outside the box of where everybody else is.”

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