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Unlocking the potential of your Theology degree

There are plenty of career opportunities for Theology graduates, and often they are in roles which bear no relation to the study of theology! Theology helps you to develop skills such as the ability to think logically, to analyse critically and to communicate articulately and accurately, both orally and in writing. You will also learn to reason and debate, to develop skills associated with cultural and religious sensitivity and the ability to address problems creatively.

Due to the transferable nature of the skills that the study of Theology develops, the kinds of jobs that thelogy graduates go on to are extremely diverse. Some sectors have been known to employ large numbers of theology graduates and include the following:

  • the civil service
  • the National Health Service
  • teaching
  • higher education
  • Christian ministry
  • social, youth and community work
  • human resources
  • law, both solicitors and barristers
  • charity and not-for-profit sector
  • non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
  • journalism
  • recruitment

Several of these sectors include career pathways that would obviously require further study and training.

What kind of skills can you expect your Theology degree to develop in you?

  • The ability to understand how people have thought and acted in different ages and contexts and how beliefs, doctrines and practices have developed over time.
  • The ability to read and use texts both critically and empathetically while addressing such questions as genre, content, context, perspective and purpose, and the effect of translation if the text is not read in the original language.
  • Sensitivity to the issues of multiple and conflicting interpretations of language, symbols and texts.
  • Appreciation of the inter-connectedness of beliefs and practices.
  • Basic critical and analytical skills, a recognition that statements should be tested and that evidence and arguments are subject to assessment.
  • The ability to emply a variety of methods of study in analysing material, to think independently, to set taks and to solve problems.
  • Teamwork skills.
  • Presentation skills, both oral and written.
  • Writing skills, including accurate referencing and clarity of expression.
  • Ability to attend closely to the meaning of written documents.
  • Independence of mind and initiative.
  • Ability to attend to others and have respect for others' views.

This is simply to get you thinking about the specific skills that a study of theology can help you to develop, and how you can use examples to demonstrate your skills when you eventually apply for a job or go for an interview.