Studying or graduated in Geography? The world is your oyster!
Depending on your particular interest, you’ll have a number of choices open to you once you have graduated. Geography is split between physical and human geography and it’s really useful to have gained experience in each field to develop your practical skills and hands on experience – also helping to guide you into your chosen field of work.
Physical geography is a natural science which concentrates on the Earth’s physical materials and processes. Human geography is a social science and focuses on issues about human cultures and communities.
Many degrees include a placement year so you will have the opportunity to get some insight into the day to day job and working environment.
Whilst you are gaining your degree, you will obtain technical skills and interpersonal skills – all are transferable to the job market when you have graduated.
Roles will be available in a range of sectors:
Jobs directly related to a Geography degree include:
Cartographer, Planning and development surveyor, Teacher, Residential and commercial surveyor, Town planner, Environmental consultant.
It would be useful in a role such as:
Landscape architect, Market researcher, Nature conservation officer, International aid worker, Transport planner, Tourism officer.
According to the 2016 What do Graduates Do Report, Geography graduates progressed into a wide spread of industries but with Business, HR and finance narrowly being the biggest sector at just under 20%.
During your degree you are likely to have become efficient at analysing data, giving presentations, team working, research and producing reports. You will be able to demonstrate your IT skills, as well as both written and oral communication skills, planning and problem solving skills and for some topics you may have needed to deal with moral or ethical issues and debated them with your fellow students. These are desirable skills for a number of roles across a spectrum of industries, or you might choose to study in greater depth at postgraduate level and then you could consider environmental conservation, coastal management or geographical information systems.
For more information have a look at the Royal Geographical Society’s website
Good luck from the mybrink team!