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The course in World religions and theology is an arts degree and shares many features of other arts degrees in Trinity College.  A knowledge of the cultures, values and histories of different societies in the global community is an asset for many types of careers. Students graduate with an understanding of the challenges and opportunities which multi-cultural societies present. This understanding is of particular value to those who pursue careers in media, education, public policy making, human resources and health care professions, law and business. Graduates have skills which are highly valued by potential employers, leading to careers in publishing, media, business, education, cultural institutions, non-government organisations, migrant services, law, psychology, and healthcare.  Many of our graduates go on for postgraduate studies at Trinity College and first tier universities around the world. Trinity College’s Careers Advisory Service recently surveyed employers about what they looked for in arts graduates and top of the list came: enthusiasm for the position, personal qualities and transferable skills such as good oral communication, analytical ability, critical thinking, presentation techniques, team work and problem solving. Students of religions and theology have ample opportunity to develop all of these skills within a department that is relatively small and student centred.

What careers might be open to you as a graduate of the Department of Religions and Theology?

Careers in Law

Entry for solicitor requires the Law Society's entrance exams (FE1, for which a postgraduate course is not required but may be advisable), an Irish exam and to have secured a Training Contract. To qualify as a solicitor two more years of training is required.

Entry for barrister requires a two-year part-time course for a diploma in Legal Studies and a one-year course for the degree, followed by one year devilling, all at King's Inns.

Careers in publishing, journalism and media
Administrative assistant, In Europe Publishing
Editorial/publicity Assistant, Callaway Editions
Literary Assistant, Vines Agency
Office manager / Editorial & Publicity assistant, Lilliput Press
Assistant Editor/ Publications Coordinator, Veritas Publishing
Desk Editor, Carroll Heinemann
Freelance Editor
Production, BBC TV
Production, Videotext Productions
Conference organisation
Theatre Manager, London

Careers in business
Bank employee
Company director, USA. (This graduate of our School so impressed his American company that they paid for him to take an MBA).

Graduates often enter jobs directly with no further study, since some employers prefer to provide their own training. Some graduates use their degree to pursue a postgraduate course in business or accountancy.

Careers in education
Religious Education Teachers (Second Level) (Ireland and UK).
Entry currently requires an eighteen months postgraduate course to attain a H.Dip., which may be extended to two years in 2014.
Education Resource Specialist (USA)

Careers in higher education, librarianship, museums, etc.
For graduates who proceed to acquire a master's degree or a Ph.D.:
National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA)
Museum Curator, Sharjah, UAE.
Self-employed Archaeologist and Conservation Consultant
Underwater Archaeology Unit, Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Islands
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, Dept. of Arts, Heritage and the Islands
Site Assistant, Field Archaeology
Lecturer in Biblical Studies, Australia
Lecturer in Islamic Art
Lecturer in Theology, USA
Faculty Librarian, TCD
Assistant Librarian, Trinity College
Assistant Librarian, Institute of Technology, Tallaght
Assistant Librarian, Oireachtas Eireann

Careers in Services for Migrants
Network organizer, Spirasi

Careers in Churches and Church organizations
Ordained minister (Church of Ireland)
University chaplain (RC, USA)
Disability services

Careers in IT
Software Engineer, The Foundry
Software Engineer, SD

Entry often requires a one- or two-year post-graduate course.

For further information contact Trinity's Careers Advisory Service.


Last updated 4 March 2013 (Email).