Milad Doust wants to dispel the myth that philosophy students are introverts, nerdy or weird.

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Philosophy major puts skills into action during summer co-op

October 28, 2019

Philosophy major Milad Doust discovered firsthand the value of his philosophy training IRL (In Real Life). During a co-op placement with the Employment Standards Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Labour, critical thinking skills and the ability to analyse multiple issues helped Doust put ethics in action for the workplace.

“I felt like I was making a difference, helping employees get what they were entitled to and enforcing employment laws,” Doust says.

Doust’s co-op experience showed him that there is more to a philosophy major’s career choices than the stereotypical ‘serving lattes and flipping patties’, and he’s keen to share this with his peers. Despite a full course load, Doust decided that reviving the dormant Philosophy Student Union (PSU) would be his mission last year, and with success. This year, PSU continues bigger and better than before, with Phil Club twice a week for all those enrolled in a philosophy course.

In explaining why an active student union is important, Doust says, “whether we like it not, people think that philosophy students are introverts, nerdy or weird. One of PSU's goals is to destroy that myth and open the subject to all types!”

PSU now runs all sorts of philosophy-related events catering to a wide variety of personalities and actively growing a community of philosophy students on campus. As Doust notes, classes are much more enjoyable with friends and the PSU helps to attract new students into the subject.

As well building community, PSU also helps show the value of an Simon Fraser University (SFU) philosophy degree in the world of jobs and careers. One of Doust’s last events as PSU president was a well-attended career night showcasing philosophy skills in the workplace, highlighting the value of co-op for post-degree career success.

“The rigor and high standards of SFU Philosophy means that I am confident in conquering any one of my future goals,” Doust says. “I feel as prepared to join the workforce as I do to continue with further education.”