The broad sweep of geography as a discipline and the range of options available within the undergraduate programme at Nottingham ensure that our geography graduates have a wide range of career opportunities open to them.
Geographers look at issues from a wide perspective, which means our graduates are very popular with a wide range of employers who appreciate the range of personal and transferable skills they offer.
The University of Nottingham is consistently one of the top choices for graduate recruitment among UK employers in the annual High Fliers report. We are also University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017.
We have a comprehensive careers programme that includes:
- informal careers networking events with employers
- one-to-one CV workshops
- weekly careers e-newsletters tailored for geography students
- regular careers talks from school alumni
Embedding employability within the course
Our Careers Skills for Geographers module embeds employability within all School of Geography courses. The module includes dedicated advice and feedback on:
- writing a successful CV
- putting together cover letters
- searching for jobs
- what to expect at assessment centres
- advice on job interviews
Nottingham Advantage Award
The Careers Skills for Geographers module is also part of the award-winning Nottingham Advantage Award which recognises and rewards your extracurricular activities. With a choice of over 400 modules across all our campuses, you can hone the key skills employers want and unlock your potential. You will leave university with demonstrable experience that sets you apart from your competitors.
In 2015, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of Geography who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £21,702 with the highest being £39,500.*
* Known destinations of full-time home first-degree undergraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
A number of graduates enter connected professions such as consultancy, public service, law and teaching. Some students enter media organisations, finance and the IT sector.
Others stay on at university to study for a higher degree (MSc, MA or PhD) in fields directly related to their degree, such as biodiversity and conservation, environmental management and climate change, while others have chosen postgraduate study in order to pursue careers in medicine, journalism, teaching and law.
Many opt for graduate employment careers in blue-chip organisations, while others enter the voluntary sector or work overseas in development or aid organisations.
There are no boundaries to what our graduates achieve or the career paths they choose to pursue.
Careers and Employability Service
The Careers and Employability Service offers excellent careers guidance, information and resources, and holds workshops on CV writing, completing application forms and interview techniques. As a University of Nottingham graduate, you can receive lifelong support from the service.
Recent graduate destinations
- British Geological Survey
- Grant Thornton
- Historic England
- Network Rail
- Swiss Re
- Teach First
- Tesla Motors
Our school careers networking evenings are an opportunity to talk informally with employers about career options and opportunities.
School of Geography alumni regularly provide careers advice to current undergraduates at talks and careers events organised by the school.
All geography students have access to the University's Careers and Employability Service throughout their studies and also after graduation.