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Remember that job opportunities are developed and fostered by you, not by your degree program. If you have contacts, skills and experiences that make it possible for you to perform the job better than anyone else, you will likely be that employer's top choice.


“The knowledge I use as CEO can be acquired in two weeks…The main thing a student needs to be taught is how to study and analyze things (including) history and philosophy.”   Amos Shapira, CEO, Cellcom Source: “Want Innovative Thinking? Hire From the Humanities

Andrew Wicklander, owner of a software company, says that when he is hiring, he looks for people who can identify real problems in the current state of his industry, break them down into manageable bits, and apply new concepts to solve the problem. Business majors typically have “memorized a map of business processes and solutions.” But this is not what he is looking for in his line of work. He wants someone who can, in philosophical terms, ‘perform analytic critical reasoning’ in a fast-changing market.
Source: “The Power of Philosophy

“Business leaders around the world have told me that they despair of finding people who can help them solve wicked problems. They simply don’t have enough people with the right backgrounds. [They need] people trained in the humanities who…have learned to play with big concepts, and to apply new ways of thinking to difficult problems that can’t be analyzed in conventional ways.”   Tony Golsby-Smith, CEO, Second Road Consulting Firm

"In 2013, in a survey carried out by of mid-career professionals, philosophy majors ranked in the top 25 per cent of salaries, ahead of biology, nursing and business." Mariana Alessandri and John Kaag

"And while US philosophy graduates start on relatively low salaries, according to figures from The Wall Street Journal, their salaries more than double by the middle of their careers, putting them among the highest-salaried graduate groups." Mariana Alessandri and John Kaag

A 2018 study by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences found that people with bachelor's degrees in the humanities are both gainfully employed and satisfied with their work. For more information see:


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