Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Careers in Ethics to use Philosophy Degree

One of the most interesting parts of philosophy for me is ethics. It encompasses many things that I think about every day. Ethics is about choice and morals and for that you need to have something that can make choices and have morals. Agency comes into play and is sometimes applied to some people and not others in different situations.
The last few days I've been trying to find jobs or careers related to this topic. Sadly many of my searches didn't bring anything up for the US but did bring things up for the UK and Australia. That was a bit surprising and worried me a little. Seems like the US doesn't have a focus on ethics. (I mean if I typed in "Careers in Ethics" in a Google search while in the US and Google could only find website relevant for my search in other countries then that is pretty bad. There should be something relevant in the US that would come up, something that is relevant for the words ethics and careers but nope. That is sad.)
I've been able to find that there are careers in compliance, which is basically ensuring that a company or organization is complying with the standards set for them. This seems like it would be good in the right field but most fields will not be dealing with this on a daily basis and most seem like it would be a bad thing if you need to deal with something.

Some friends have let me know that I could go into a Non Profit Organization and help people I do care about or fight for peoples rights, etc. That seems much more promising than anything else. One of my recent fears is that I am not competitive enough for some programs in law but a NPO won't be that competitive. They will accept most or all people willing to help.
I was trained this year to be an advocate for the Rape Recovery Center and a lawyer from the Victims Crime Restitution (or something similar to that) came. He seemed to love his job in law and he was able to put a creative spin on it, testing things out on the legal system to see what would work, all the while helping rape victims. That seems like a job for someone like me too. Creativity based in law and order is a breeding ground for philosophy.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Job Search Continues

I haven't written a post on new jobs for some time because my wife is nearing the end of her pregnancy.

I've gone in a few circles lately with my job search. Philosophy professor was where I started out, but then I got married and decided I needed something that wouldn't cost me a lifetime to repay. From there I decided to go back into Psychology since there is still a lot of room for philosophy in how you go about treating clients (especially with the existential therapy). After that I decided that Marriage and Family Therapy was too narrow of a field with not as many different populations as would be intriguing to my mind over time so I thought about Social Work. Similar training and abilities but more jobs and opportunities.
This is where things really threw me. For some reason I just felt like I'd be treating the same fundamental problem with all my clients and that I would get burned out quickly trying to help everyone get motivated to do something. Back to the drawing board...
I started thinking about Law again but the same problem popped up into my head about helping the same people with the same problem and doing the same paper work over and over again. I still need to look into the different types of law (been having trouble with finding a list of those things). There are some that may be a bit better, like the lawyers that help women that have been raped to get therapy and other things.
Now I am just stuck in a rut trying to figure out what I can use my Philosophy for in whatever job that will work satisfy me.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Existential Psychotherapy is a Philosophy Degree Job

After reading about the Philosophical Practitioners I found another very similar type of career based in Psychology instead of Philosophy. Existential Psychotherapy is in most ways the exact same as the Philosophical Practitioners explained in my last post. The main difference would be that they get their degree in psychology and meet the licensing requirements to have a practice of your own and treat people in hospitals etc. Also, unlike the philosophical practitioners, you won't have to refer your clients to a psychologist if they have a mental disorder since you would be license and trained for that too, at least most.

This particular career has interested me the most since my first goal with my philosophy degree was to help others the best way I thought possible, by helping them think more clearly. Therapy is definitely a method of doing that especially if I were to combine the Philosophical Practitioners with a Masters degree in Existential Therapy. The idea is to spread your specialization out over different fields so that you're not just handling people with mental disorders and not just handling people with philosophical dilemmas.

I'll write more on this later. Let me know if there are any other ideas of career paths that I haven't looked into yet. I'd appreciate the help.