The Department helps students recognise their own strengths, skills and abilities so that they can make strong applications for their chosen job or training course.
We have also nurtured a culture of peer-to-peer mentoring through the strength of the student led group RHULGeogSoc and the Royal Geographical Society Ambassador Scheme which many undergraduates in the Department have become part of.
We have a dedicated Personal Development Plan (PDP) that students follow throughout their three years to achieve their goals. Students are encouraged in the first year to ‘get started’ with thinking about their career aspirations; in the second year, to ‘explore’ these aspirations through research and work experience; and in the third year, ‘make it happen’.
The plan includes:
- Career action planning through small group tutorial teaching with geography staff;
- 1:1 ‘in-house surgeries’ for students to gain individual advice from the Careers Centre;
- Skills seminars for Geographers held in the Department;
- Careers resources available on moodle to enhance student employability skills
Student-alumni networking evening for current students to learn from the career experiences of our past students. There are three events per academic year; a workshop about Graduate Schemes in the Autumn term, GeogSoc Alumni event in the Spring term, and the annual Careers Bootcamp after exams in the Summer term
Second Year students on the fieldtrip to New York
Students will receive email updates about 1:1 career help with the Geography careers officer, Gemma. These emails aim to notify students about events put on by the careers service, how to sign up to a 1:1 and other information. Students may also book appointments to see other career consultants on the careers portal.
Since 2012 we have also been running an innovative placement-linked dissertation scheme where students have the opportunity to do their independent research in alliance with a charity or company who share an interest in geographical concerns.
In 2016 we joined the RHUL Microplacement scheme, run by the RHUL Careers Team. We look forward to expanding these opportunities to more of our Year 2 students in future years.
We run an annual Departmental Placement Research Assistant Scheme.
If you would like to know more about these schemes please visit the placements section.
Geography Student Passport Award Winners 2016
All students are encouraged to participate in the RHUL Passport Award Scheme providing opportunities to develop transferable skills and formal recognition of students’ contributions to the Department, College and the wider community.
Our Twitter feed (@RHULGeography) gives all the up-to-date information on career events and guidance. Make sure you follow us for all the latest information.
Further to this, there are many sites on the web discussing careers you can pursue with a geography degree. If you are currently thinking of studying Geography at university or trying to think of a career pathway visit the RGS page for more information on geographical careers or visit the Geographical Association career site. Both of these sites have useful information and further guidance.
There are also some other useful resources to help you find a career:
Graduate Recruitment Bureau
Career support continues after you graduate from RHUL. The careers service offers support for two years after graduation. If you would like support or would like you update the department on your career after graduation, please get in touch with Ayesha or check out Facebook and LinkedIn.