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Careers in Geography


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Careers in Geography

  1. 1. Does one of these careers interest you......? Then GEOGRAPHYshould interest you.. “There is no question that the understanding and skill that come from a study of geography are highly valued by employers” Darrel Sheinman, Managing Director Exploration Ltd. and board director of Polestar Ltd.
  2. 2. What’s the point of geography? Geography is part of everyday life: world weather and food costs; multi-national companies and politics; population movements and urban and rural change; maps and holidays. Understanding things is what geography is about. The levels of interest span all scales, from a local planning enquiry to climate change. What skills can be gained from geography? Geography is the study of where places are, what they are like, what life is like in them, and how and why they are changing. It can help you to:  Read and use maps, atlases and diagrams.  Analyse and evaluate data.  Develop decision making skills.  Gain knowledge of the world and understand current events.  Appreciate different cultures, in this country and abroad.  Become aware of physical and human environments. Geography widens your horizons and helps you become a better world citizen. Geography studies the parts other subjects cannot reach. Why is geography valued by employers? Employers like geography qualifications because the demonstrate a wide range of skills, including data collection and analysis, computer literacy, word processing, self-motivation and team work skills. A graduate with a geography degree offers the following qualities to employers: A typical geography graduate offers employers the following portfolio of abilities which make them distinctive and special:1 1. to engage in integrative thinking and problem solving (the capacity to make connections and join things up) 2. to operate in multi-disciplinary teams (facilitated by geography bridging the social and natural sciences) 3. to think spatially and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 4. to evaluate locations, places, landscape and environments 5. to contribute to policy formulation and evaluation at a variety of scales 6. to operate effectively in an increasingly international world, connecting the local and the global 7. to recognise the importance of cross-cultural respect and empathy 8. to promote and undertake initiatives in sustainable development and in environmental analysis and management. 9. to be sensitive to ethical issues and the importance of citizenship and social responsibility 10. to be flexible and adaptive to change (facilitated by the geographers’ wide range of knowledge and skills) Studying Geography at Anglo For more information about studying Geography for GCSE, A-Level, or IB at Anglo European see any Geography teacher as well as the relevant entries in the course handbook. 1 Taken from the Employablity Tributes of Geographers Report published by the higher education academy.