Careers in geography - useful websites

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Careers and further education websites

Apprenticeships - The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England.

Gov.uk - Universal Jobmatch - Search for full or part-time jobs in Great Britain and abroad.

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.

Graduate school - A comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. The interviews with PhD students provide an interesting insight into what it is like to study at a post-graduate level.

What Uni - Search for geography degrees course, read university reviews and get tips on life at university, student blogs and budget tips.

Postgraduate Search - For finding a masters geography degree and post-graduate advice.

Save the graduate - Graduate jobs and lots of advice and tips on a range of issues effecting people after university, including job searches, money, further study and travel.

Bright Knowledge - A guide to geography careers, education and student advice.

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 Design Council places design at the heart of creating value by stimulating innovation in business and public services, improving our built environment and tackling complex social issues such as ageing and obesity. 

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.

GreenJobs - A job board wholly dedicated to recruitment in the green industry sector and it displays the latest Geography jobs and GIS Jobs in the United Kingdom and Internationally.

Graduate job websites

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

14-19 Workforce Support - this site provides access to the various websites and support programmes on offer, including the four progression routes.

CEGNET - the website of the careers education and IAG support programme.

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.

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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