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Seeking a career? Focus on your strengths and build on geographical skills

Message at this year’s UCL Geography Alumni Forum

Seeking a career? Focus on your strengths and build on geographical skills

UCL Geography Student Careers Rep, Mia Meroi, reports:

Six UCL Geography alumni joined us on 15th March for an evening packed with career advice, guidance, and networking afterwards over a well-deserved glass of wine.

Charlotte Cawthorne’s inspirational presentation started us off. After a couple of jobs and an MSc in Environmental Technology, she is now living the (or rather my!) Geography dream – regularly meeting new people, she worked in Indonesia for six months and helped a tribe to map their land as the Sustainability Manager at Innocent Drinks. She believes that the key to success is focusing on your strengths and passions.

If research and the outdoors is where your heart lies, Gen Madgwick knows the answer. A PhD in Lake Ecosystems allowed her to become one of Natural England’s top experts in Lake Restoration.

While Gen was keen to focus on a specific topic, Sophie Dunajko’s career proves that working across a wide sector, with a small team as events coordinator for a chartered environmental institution, is not only possible but also fun.

Cecile Kobryner gave us some valuable advice on internships, not only as an excellent alternative to Masters work, but also a springboard into a successful career in the environmental sector.

Jess Owens proved that the ability to argue about abstract concepts in a creative manner is an exceptionally good start for a brilliant career in Social Media analysis. Her passion for Twitter, as well as outstanding research skills combined with enthusiasm, got her current position as Associate Research Director at Face Group, the consumer consultancy. Jess works with Spotify, Snapchat and Instagram, helping them to advertise their new scenarios and products.

Finally, Owain Nedin, now an associate director at a leading town planning consultancy, concluded with some excellent top tips. Use your dissertation as a starting point when applying for jobs and grad-schemes, but expect your career to pose new challenges!

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