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Why employers value Theology and Religious Studies Graduates

Theology and Religion have always been highly relevant in public life and never more so than at the moment. We live in increasingly diverse multi-cultural and multi-religious societies though the world is becoming more secular. This potent mixture means that an understanding of the ways that different religious communities can work together and how organisations can have a successful relationship with clients from these backgrounds is very attractive to employers. 

Examples of employers who value this kind of understanding include: the police, the media, the armed services, the Inland Revenue, Social Services and teaching as well as banks, the NHS and other services. 

Think about what you have gained through your degree and how this might translate into a workplace:

  • An open minded and tolerant approach to other cultures might be valuable in teaching, NHS, local government. Anywhere where you will be in contact with the general public.
  • The ability to debate articulately about religion and world cultures without giving offence. Again useful in any role involving the general public. Particularly those which often engage with them in stressful circumstances e.g. Police, social services, armed serviced, politics.
  • An understanding of people and groups of people should develop good people management skills.

For some sectors such as international charity work or international development the benefits of a Theology and Religious Studies degree are more obvious.