There’s a really simple answer: many, many things. Studying philosophy is excellent preparation for lots of different careers. One reason is that studying philosophy improves your ability to think critically, and, according to Forbes Magazine, this is the single most important skill that employers want to see.
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Do you want to go to Law School, or to do an MBA, or to complete an MA or PhD? If so, then studying philosophy is terrific preparation, since philosophy students perform extremely well on the standard tests that are required for admission to these programs (LSAT, GMAT, and GRE).
Do you want to go to Teacher’s College? If so, then studying philosophy first is a great idea. There are now two philosophy courses in the Ontario high school curriculum: a Grade 11 course called Philosophy: The Big Questions, and a Grade 12 course called Philosophy: Questions and Theories. According to the OPTA, over 28,000 students now study philosophy in over 440 high schools across Ontario! [Learn more]
There are lots of good ways to prepare for the job market. You might start by reading this guide, which contains lots of practical advice on how to unlock the potential of your philosophy degree. (It is written for the UK context, but it applies to North America too.)