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Careers and employability

After graduating, I co-founded Shuffle – an annual community festival and public developer based in Mile End and I have worked closely with lecturers and students from the School of Geography and other QMUL departments to enrich our programme at Shuffle
Lizzy Daish, Geography BA 2012

All our graduates can expect to leave us with a range of both subject specific and transferable skills, including skills relating to data collection and analysis, the interpretation and evaluation of complex ideas and evidence, problem solving, individual and group project management, teamwork, IT and communication. These skills can be used in almost any career and are essential for graduates who choose further study or professional conversion courses.

Careers for Geographers

Geographers graduating from Queen Mary develop a range of skills and acquire knowledge and understanding that is directly relevant to a variety of specific careers. For example, if you have an interest in global affairs and have studied gender and development modules, this might lead you into a career as a civil servant in a government department such as DFID, or as an aid worker or a charity officer. Alternatively, your interests might lie in the business world, where your knowledge of global financial change and global economic growth would allow you to consider a career as a financial risk assessor or location analyst. Visit the careers and further study page of the Royal Geographical Society website to explore more career choices available to you.

Careers for Environmental Scientists

Our Environmental Science graduates develop a range of skills and acquire knowledge and understanding that is directly relevant to a career in the environmental field. For example, if you are interested in contributing to scientific and political debates about environmental issues, you might consider a career as an environmental campaign organiser for a major NGO such as Greenpeace. If your interests are less issues-based and you want a more practical role, you may wish to pursue a career as an environmental consultant or engineer, an environmental impact officer, or a conservation worker. Your degree would give you a good foundation from which to pursue these types of roles within governmental departments and agencies or within commercial organisations. Visit the Prospects website for environmental science graduates to explore more career options that may be available to you.

Career development support 


'Careers Conversations' event with careers consultant Gemma Garrett

To help you to maximize your potential and achieve your ambitions we have integrated careers support into all of our degree programmes. This begins in the first year and runs throughout your time as a student with us. Even if you don’t have a specific career in mind (and we recognize that many students don’t), we use our tutorials and other in-curriculum sessions and events to help you prepare for life after university.

To ensure the best quality support, we work closely with Queen Mary’s Careers & Enterprise Centre as well as with our dedicated School of Geography Careers Consultant, Gemma Garrett. They offer a programme of careers events and work experience opportunities, as well as one-to-one careers guidance tailored to meet your individual needs. They can help you secure important work experience while you study, help polish your CV and prepare you for interviews.

We also draw on our alumni. Past activities have included ‘Career Conversations’ events, which are a fantastic opportunity to hear from our graduates about the range of jobs they moved into after their degree, how they got there and what advice they would give to those wanting to move into that sector. This is a great way to help you identify how the skills and knowledge you develop during your degree with us relate to the world of work.

Our careers support does not stop when our students leave. Graduates can continue to access support provided by the Careers & Enterprise Centre for two years after they complete their degree. This includes one-to-one careers advice and guidance, access to our careers information resources and graduate job listings available through QM JobOnline and The Careers Group, University of London’s JobOnline.

Read more at careers.qmul.ac.uk

Transferable skills

The broad range of knowledge and skills developed studying with the School of Geography, coupled with  multiple opportunities for extra-curricular activities and work experience, has enabled our students to move into a range of careers.

Organisations employing our recent graduates include:

• Goldman Sachs • Arup Hong Kong  • UK Cabinet Office • Thomson Reuters  • Rochester Grammar School • UK Power Networks • Jacobs • CRISIS • Citizens UK • Reading Agricultural Consultants • Kent Police • Atkins 

A sample of our recent graduates’ roles include:

• Business Analyst • Engineering Geologist • Policy Adviser • Head of Strategy • Project Manager • Graduate Geomorphologist Transport Technology Consultant • Planning Information Officer • Flood and Coastal Risk Management Officer

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