Careers in Geography - Weblinks
General Careers Websites
Directgov - the main website for those seeking careers advice is the Government's Directgov website, which has a range of resources and support materials.
Other useful sites include:
Job Centre Plus - includes a jobseeker's kit which would make a useful additional resource for geographers, and also details on the 'Young person's guarantee'.
BestCourse4Me - an independent website which aims to show the links between university courses and typical jobs after graduating. It also provides information about employment prospects and salary levels associated with different qualifications and careers.
icould - a video based site providing a range of career case studies and lots of information about jobs of the future.
GERI Project - (Gender, Equality and Race Inclusion) includes role model case studies.
Career Specific Websites
Meteorology - Careers related to meteorology are covered in detail at the new website of the Royal Meteorological Society which also includes a range of other materials for teachers.
Surveying - Surveying is a job which involves a range of 'geographical' skills and the use of modern mapping techniques and data gathering. To find out more, visit the Become a Surveyor website which has case studies of people who moved into the profession such as Debbie Baxter (see the Careers Cards page). Visiting speakers can also be organised for schools. It's also worth checking out RICS website Surveying-360 which provides all sorts of information and inspiration for graduates.
National Parks - Find out about the various roles available within the UK National Park Authorities including ranger, planner, archaeologist, education team, sustainable development advisor and GIS officer.
The Built Environment - Careers in the built environment include architecture, engineering, horticulture, landscape, planning, surveying and urban design. The CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Enrivonment) website features information about each of these jobs including profiles, typical salaries and required qualifications.
Homes and Communities - Ask: what if is an excellent careers website developed by the Homes and Communities Academy. It provides a wealth of information about careers categorised under people, design, environment, buildings, places, creative, managing, caring, neighbourhood and planning. Dozens of jobs are described in detail including skills and qualifications required, typical duties and standard salaries. It also features 'expert profiles' which include personal stories and video diaries.
Scientific Careers - Science So What features some useful information on scientific jobs, many of which have clear links with geography.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths - Future Morph has been designed to demonstrate the variety of careers these subjects can lead to.
Environmental Careers - Real Cool Futures has been developed by the Eden Project to inspire 14-19 year olds about their future. The interactive website features nearly 100 case studies from a range of industries and helps young people find out how they could use their talents and skills to make a positive impact on the planet.
GEES Employability Profiles - profiles of Geography, Earth Science and Environmental Sciences (GEES), written from an 'employability' perspective. The profiles are intended to assist students in articulating the subject dimension of what they have to offer employers.
HERODOT Graduate Employability Statement - a document produced for a European project which highlights the many skills that geographers possess, written from a graduate perspective.
Prospects - the UK's official graduate careers website, including comprehensive sections on careers advice, employment sectors, jobs and work. It also features options for each subject (including geography and related subjects), graduate destinations and a jobsearch facility.
14-19 Pathways Guidance
14 to 19 Briefing - this part of the DCSF Teachernet website aims to help practitioners understand the thinking behind the 14-19 reforms and what it means in practice.
14-19 Prospectus - a simple search facility provided by Directgov to locate your local 14-19 prospectus.
14-19 Reform - these pages on the DCSF website contain details of the plans for 14 to 19 education, and comprehensive listings of all training and events.
14-19 Workforce Support - this site provides access to the various websites and support programmes on offer, including the four progression routes.
ACEG - the Association for Careers Education and Guidance.
CEGNET - the website of the careers education and IAG support programme.
Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency - includes information about the variety of qualification routes available for 14-19 year olds.
LSIS - the Learning and Skills Improvement Service.
TDA - Careers related information, advice and guidance - further information about IAG and Quality, Choice and Aspiration, plus resources to help teachers embed career-related IAG within their lessons and outside the curriculum.
Royal Geographical Society (with Institute of British Geographers)
Geography Ambassadors - this RGS-IBG led scheme is funded by the Action Plan for Geography. It recruits geographers from universities and businesses to act as ambassadors for the subject in schools. The website includes useful information about progression and careers with geography and gives you the opportunity to arrange a visit from an Ambassador.
Careers in Geography - information about geography-related careers and the skills a geography graduate can offer an employer. This section also features a range of career profiles compiled as part of the RGS-IBG's Ambassadors Scheme.
Letter from Michael Palin - a letter written by RGS-IBG President Michael Palin to illustrate the value of geographical education to parents.
Why I Love Geography - a Teachers TV video made in association with the RGS-IBG profiling real-life geographers who love their subject.
I'm a Geographer - This free Geographical magazine supplement demonstrates the broad range of careers a geography degree can lead to including travel writer, helicopter pilot, environmental consultant and CEO.
Promoting Geography Jobs at School
The Geography Department at Seaford Head Community College near Brighton produced a presentation entitled 'Jobs with Geography' during their GCSE options process.
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The Geography Department at Okehampton Community College in Devon produced a presentation called 'GCSE Geography Promotion' for their options process.
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A World of Opportunity - In a tough job climate, what is it about those with geography degrees that makes them so employable? The Independent (02.12.10).
Functional Skills in Geography
Developing functional skills in geography is part of a series of DCSF booklets which illustrate how functional skills can be applied and developed in subjects across the curriculum.
It contains an introduction to functional skills for geography teachers, three practical planning examples with links to related websites and resources, a process for planning and a list of additional resources to support the teaching and learning of functional skills.
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