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With excellent written, numerical and analytical skills, studying geography opens up a wide range of career options. Learn about these options and how we can support you on your journey.

You may have chosen geography because of your enthusiasm for the subject rather than an in-depth consideration of the vocational choices available to you. However our graduates have found success across a wide variety of job sectors.

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What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject knowledge your geography degree equips you with key skills valued by employers:

  • numeracy
  • ability to use surveys and interpretive methods
  • written and oral communication
  • ability to handle data and statistics
  • excellent research techniques
  • problem solving
  • analytical
  • field work

It is important that you can talk about these skills on application forms and in interviews.

John Pearson, geography alumnus

John Pearson, geography alumnus and Head of the China Department, talks about:

  • the career routes into the Foreign Office
  • the work experience and skills that would be helpful when applying for a position
  • how he uses the skills he developed during his degree in his day-to-day work

Emily Buddin, geography alumna

Emily Buddin, Assistant Engineer at WSP, talks about:

  • her interest in transport planning
  • how she uses the skills developed during her geography degree in her job on a daily basis

 

 

What are my career options?

Geography graduates enter a diverse range of occupations and courses. Some enter roles which have a direct correlation to their degree, for example:

  • planning
  • cartography
  • property
  • transport
  • water supply
  • the environmental sector.

Others have gone into:

  • advertising, marketing and public relations
  • accountancy
  • management consultancy
  • retail
  • human resources and recruitment

Geography graduates secure positions across a diverse range of employment sectors but the most popular sectors are:

  • public sector
  • retail
  • finance
  • charity
  • transport
  • property management
  • education

Types of Jobs - explore roles and sectors

 

Stepping stones from my degree

Some geography graduates may take some time building their career. They may take on a series of roles to help them decide what they want to do or to build up the experience required. Quite a few geographers take time out to go travelling after their degree.

Some may also continue onto postgraduate study in order to pursue their chosen career.

How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Developing skills outside your degree course will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. Some examples are listed below.

Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 300 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our eMentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support via email from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.

eMentoring

Enhance your digital skills

Digital skills are essential in many career fields including advertising, publishing, marketing and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability.

More about digital industries

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exchanges programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.

Exchange programmes

Psychometric tests

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process.They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.

Use our example tests

 

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Royal Geographical Society - careers with geography

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