Thank you all for your responses
Perhaps you should have done a more suitable degree?
Maybe you could make a more constructive suggestion? But perhaps you cannot...
I disagree. A lot companies have grad schemes looking for people that have a degree such as ABV's. Look at Audi/ford/fiat and a lot of others, their grad schemes seem to look pretty good.
Contacting Fiat Corporate to see what they may have on offer?
I have done just that! I will likely be applying to a number of major manufacturers, only some of whom request specific degrees and all of which have jobs which are appropriate for my skills.
I somewhat agree with you on the philosophy aspect, however I think that the international relations part will help him out. Especially in a middle management/HR role.
I was sure that philosophy would be more useful since for over a thousand years philosophical reasoning was the only subject that you studied. University graduates earn a degree of knowledge of a subject. By the conclusion of their postgraduate studies they have become a Master of Arts (MA/MBa/MSc) and are knocking together essays of equivalent length and quality to a three year degree course with regularity. Beyond this level you become a Doctor of Philosophy of a subject or Phd. This reflects the high level of conceptual analysis that you can apply to your subject and much of these reasoning techniques are transferable to other subjects so that other subjects such as law or psychology or sociology become intuitive tools with basic assumptions and goals rather than academic mysteries.
IR may contribute elements of statistical analysis which philosophy lacks but there are fundamental shortcomings with statistic based approaches and it is critical analysis and evaluation of superficially convincing arguments which are my speciality. Anybody can memorise facts and figures, not anyone can interpret them in four different ways and present the strength and benefits of each perspective.
As such Philosophy graduates find themselves well suited to marketing, analysis and strategy roles, client relations and PR, legal roles ( 1yr law conversion course) and civil service.
What field are you doing part time work in at the moment?
I work in a call centre for phone insurance. As you can imagine, it's driving me a bit bonkers