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Careers

Geography undergraduates at UCL frequently go on to: further study, volunteer work and/or a wide range of paid career sectors including banking and insurance, consultancy, marketing, retail, teaching and much more.

Skills learnt during your degree

Geographers are valued for a range of skills including:

  • Extensive knowledge of the changes taken place within and interconnections between societies and physical environments
  • Understanding of the importance of spatial relationships and scales
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Literacy including the ability to synthesize material and construct logical arguments
  • Numeracy including the ability to interpret statistical information
  • Capacity for independent learning and group work

A full list of the skills and attributes geographers bring to the job market can be found in the QAA Benchmark Statement for Geography (2007):

http://www.qaa.ac.uk/Publications/InformationAndGuidance/Pages/Subject-benchmark-statement-Geography.aspx

Popular Career Destinations

The UCL Careers service has a webpage devoted to geographers. It has information about popular career destinations, past graduate employment rates, careers events and other resources.

The Royal Geographical Society has a nice guide to potential options, as well as a rather helpful compilation of relevant job-vacancy websites and mailing lists.

UCL Careers Service

UCL Geography students benefit from careers advice that is provided by the UCL Careers Service (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/careers/) . The UCL Careers Service provide a range of services including:

  • short or long 1-1 meetings to discuss career choices
  • reading CVs
  • conducting practice interviews or assessment centre techniques
  • providing access to written guides on many career pathways.