Geographers are at the heart of many of the solutions to the world’s environmental problems. From the siting of dams to planning the transport systems for big cities, geographers see the big picture of human impact on our planet. Many students don't realise that geography also equips them with a broad range of personal learning and thinking skills such as teamwork, independent enquiry and creative thinking - all highly valued by employers.
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Malcolm Perkins, Land Train Supervisor at the Eden Project, has had a rich mix of careers. Leaving school at 15 and training as a Butcher helped prepare him for his roles in catering but he also enjoyed 25 years with British Gas. Family support and a 'life goes on' attitude helped him through harder times. Working at Eden, he says, 'is the best job in Britain'.
Anne-Marie Grant is a floristry lecturer at CAFRE. She trained in horticulture and went to work as a teacher of young offenders before having children and re-training in floristry. She says, "I didn't think I would like sitting, you know, in an office doing things like writing and that kind of thing but I thought I would like the outdoorsy stuff."
Andy Murdoch is the senior lecturer in horticulture at CAFRE. He comes from a long line of dairy farmers, but decided to break with family tradition in order to go into horticulture. Although this was a tough decision for him, he thoroughly enjoys his job at CAFRE and doesn't regret making the choices he has.
Kevin Johnson, steward at the Eden Project, knows that at 16 not everyone has (or needs to have) a clear career plan. When he couldn't get a job after school, he went on to study horticulture at college. Joining Eden has been a real turning point in his life. He has taken numerous qualifications e.g. NVQ 3 Customer Service and now realises that eventually, to make the most of his interests and talents, he may take up an apprenticeship to become an electrician.
Fascinated by science from an early age and inspired by family and her dynamic physics teacher, Anita studied chemistry, linguistics and then a graduate diploma in Science Communication. Curious by nature, Anita is passionate about her job with The Science Museum. She is in her element researching information for the biggest gallery-based exhibition on climate change.
Jennifer Wong has 3 science A levels, a degree in natural sciences from Cambridge and a masters in the history and philosophy of science. Nevertheless, career decision making still posed challenges. An internship at Demos (a science based think tank) inspired her and with encouragement from friends, Jennifer is now relishing her work at The Science Museum where she creates science events and experiences for the public.
Influenced by a successful 2 week placement with the National Coal Board, Tim went straight into the mining industry after A levels. Self driven to achieve his goals he suceeded in qualifying as a mine manager. Several years later, to find new work challenges, Tim moved to E.ON where he now manages the boiler maintenance and repair team. He values learning, developing skills in others and a little bit of golf!
Carolyn O'Doherty is an Art Teacher at George Salter Collegiate School. "I really enjoy teaching in general but I love my subject. I'm very passionate about it." She was the first in her family to go to University and she feels the security of a job like teaching is important.
Alison James is Head of Learning and Teaching at the London College of Fashion, "I do teacher training, I teach on dissertations, I do educational projects and innovations, I work with course teams on curriculum designer delivery, I work with students on projects, on reflective practice, I make the tea". It took some time, and various different jobs, before Alison found her 'spiritual home' in education.
Jean Wainwright is a Senior Lecturer at UCA Rochester and an Art Critic. Jean did her doctorate on Andy Warhol's audio tapes, and has worked on programmes for Channel 4 as a specialist.