Geography

As a Geography graduate you have a wide range of career options open to you. You could decide to capitalise on the skills and specialist knowledge gained from your course to enter roles within GIS, planning or sustainability. Due to employer links within the department, several Geography graduates enter the Construction and Property sector each year. In addition to graduate roles open to all graduates including those with a Geography degree, other popular options include roles within Education, the public sector, not-for-profit organisations and roles or organisations with a global focus.

Your skills are important and you can find out more about the range of skills a Geography graduate would have from some of the following materials:

  • The 'Using your geography degree' section of the Royal Geographical Society's website contains a wealth of information about career options and how your geographical skills and knowledge make you employable. The employability section includes more detailed information about employer demand for geography graduates and several useful articles about skills needed in related employment sectors such as the environmental sector and GIS/GI related fields. 
  • Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) are independent, employer led organisations that aim to reduce skills gaps and shortages to improve productivity and performance and to increase opportunities to boost the skills of each sector's workforce. Have a look at this list of SSCsMany of the sector's individual websites contain a wealth of useful careers and employability information such as career profiles and case studies, relevant industry events and news and reports on skills gaps. 

The graduate careers websites Prospects and TARGETjobs give brief but effective summaries of the strengths, attributes and skills that can be cultivated through your degree. Also consider the skills developed through your other activities, such as paid work, volunteering, family responsibilities, sport, membership of societies and leadership roles.

Career Options

Typical areas of work that use both specialist geographical skills and broad transferable skills include travel, leisure and culture, environment and sustainability, development and global issues, geographical techniques, physical systems, settlement and regeneration. Further information about these options and insightful case studies [pdf] can be found on the Royal Geographical Society website. The National Careers Service website has useful information about careers in economic development and regeneration. Depending on your particular interests, you may also find other subject pages useful, for example Environmental and Planning.

 

Typical work settings

Private sector - you could use your skills in private consultancies, business and industry.
Public sector and Third sector - typical employers for geography graduates also include local authorities, government departments, agencies and public bodies, environmental monitoring organisations and charitable trusts
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Destinations of recent Sheffield Hallam Graduates

Examples from the last two years include:

  • Recruiter - BMS Sales Recruitment
  • Further Education Teacher - Ashfield College
  • Technical Support Officer - Bassetlaw District Council
  • Community Groups Volunteer - Fairtrade Foundation
  • Graduate Transport Consultant - AECOM
  • Graduate Line Manager - Royal Mail
  • Graduate Land Buyer - Bellway
  • Commercial Copy Planner - Frontline Ltd
  • Geospatial Analyst - Ministry of Defence

Professional Bodies

Professional bodies have a wealth of information online such as careers advice, journals, job vacancies and consultancy services.  These are highly valuable resources that you can use to assist in your job search.  Employers often expect graduates to be commercially aware and will expect you to keep up to date on the latest issues affecting the industry. They may even ask you questions at interview that will 'test' your commercial awareness and knowledge.  

Further Study

Geographers often choose to study at postgraduate level in a specific area such as geographical information systems, environmental management or coastal and marine management.  Postgraduate courses in teaching, surveying or planning are also popular as they qualify you to work in those areas.  Some geographers opt to take business or management courses. 

 

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:27