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    Hi, I am a 1st year Philosophy student at UCL. Philosophy as a degree I chose due to having a lack of an obvious career direction when the time came to choose a degree, but as the year has gone by my career interests have become slightly more clear and a career in international development is what seems most fitting and interesting for me, with the United Nations being the ultimate goal.

    My question is whether what a Philosophy degree teaches you can be transferred into what the UN and other international development organisations ask for. Would a Philosophy degree alone be enough to go into this area of work, or would further specialization through a masters or conversion course be required? A law conversion at the end of the degree has always been my vague plan, so would a GDL also help in transferring into international development, since human rights work is a large & important sector within organisations like the UN?

    Or, of course, is a Philosophy degree altogether going in completely the wrong direction, and should I change courses? I am hesitant to do this, but of course if it's necessary, I may have to open up to the idea.

    Many thanks!
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    Hi, I am a 1st year Philosophy student at UCL. Philosophy as a degree I chose due to having a lack of an obvious career direction when the time came to choose a degree, but as the year has gone by my career interests have become slightly more clear and a career in international development is what seems most fitting and interesting for me, with the United Nations being the ultimate goal.

    My question is whether what a Philosophy degree teaches you can be transferred into what the UN and other international development organisations ask for. Would a Philosophy degree alone be enough to go into this area of work, or would further specialization through a masters or conversion course be required? A law conversion at the end of the degree has always been my vague plan, so would a GDL also help in transferring into international development, since human rights work is a large & important sector within organisations like the UN?

    Or, of course, is a Philosophy degree altogether going in completely the wrong direction, and should I change courses? I am hesitant to do this, but of course if it's necessary, I may have to open up to the idea.

    Many thanks!
    A GDL has no benefit for working in the UN in ID.

    Don't take this as gospel, but I think to get into the UN for that area you'd need a Masters degree in the subject and definitely some experience beforehand. Getting a masters and then working for an NGO is a good route to take.
 
 
 
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