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Why our students are so employable

Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London

Learning Essential Skills for Global Challenges

"Royal Holloway Geography graduates go into an enormous range of careers. This reflects both the breadth of Geography as a subject, but also the support the Department provides students in developing transferable skills through our courses and innovations such as the placement-based dissertation scheme."

Katie Willis, Head of the Department of Geography



94% of all recent graduates were in employment or further study

(Source: DLHE Survey 2014)

Studying Geography has never been so relevant to global challenges. Our Geography graduates are in a unique position to address issues such as climate change, migration, environmental degradation, poverty and sustainable development, in their career.

The Department of Geography at Royal Holloway, University of London fosters its students’ abilities to understand such important issues, and what they mean for different people and communities across the globe.

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Our students are thus highly sought after. Graduates in 2014 have gone on to a range of exciting positions on graduate schemes such as Transport for London (TFL) and Tesco; in the corporate sector for financial companies such as HSBC and Invesco Perpetual; in the education world as teachers; and as academics of the future winning fully-funded PhDs. Please visit our graduate profiles for other exciting destinations.

See The Guardian Careers Blog for further information on why geographers so employable:

Geographers – An Unique Skillset

We help students develop a whole range of employability skills including numeracy, teamwork through regular field trips, analytical skills in the lab, and a technical expertise using specialist computing applications. 

A degree in geography at RHUL helps develop a whole range of employability skills.  Some of these are obvious for all to see, others are more subtle. They include:

Communication skills:  through writing essays, project and laboratory reports, and the final year dissertation.

Presentation skills: via your participation in field trips, using seminars and tutorials to present your ideas, respond to questions and handle questions.

Analytical skills: developed through your engagement with a range of materials including scientific evidence, government reports, academic literature and media sources.

Research skills: interpreting and locating sources from books to field environments around the UK and the wider world and using appropriate methodologies, whether it is interviewing or radio carbon dating.

Time management skills: working under pressure and fulfilling work related commitments as part of your degree programme.

Team working skills: developed during field trips.

Worldly experience: as geographers, you have also had extensive experience of different cultural and geographical environments.

This strong and flexible range of skills means our students stand out in the labour market. From environmental scientists, landscape architects, to international development consultants, our graduates have also gone on to perform roles as lawyers, business analysts, bankers, press officers, pilots and teachers. See Graduate Destinations and Profiles for more information.

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Where are they now?

"Over recent years, first destination statistics have shown that less than 6% of Royal Holloway Geography graduates are looking for work 6 months after graduation.

 

Over a quarter of our graduates are involved in further study, while nearly 70% are in employment".

 

(Source: DLHE Survey 2014)

 
 
 

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