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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Dawn Neale is Art Buyer at Boden. She works on the catalogue. "I wanted to do something quite glamorous". She moved to Berlin and became a fashion photographer which lead her to a job managing photography.
Marcus Dawson manages Business Analysis at Boden, the online clothes company. His manager at his first job with John Lewis was a mentor. "I had certain skills and I was good at stuff that analysts had to be good at, and (she) just kind of coached me in to that role." However he says "I felt like this urge to do something a bit more creative."
John Leivers is goods inwards supervisor at the Auto Windscreens factory. He enjoys being left alone to get on with his job. "It's not a playground, obviously, but the manager just thinks, that's John's territory, he looks after that territory and hopefully he thinks that I do a good job."
Dave Bagnall is a technical officer for Auto Windscreens. He didn't want to go to university because he didn't want to run up a student debt. He worked on cars with his Dad, so he did an apprenticeship in that area, and then moved on to training so he could pass his knowledge on to other people.
Elaine Watson is the training co-ordinator business support officer for Birmingham Disability Resource Centre. She organises and delivers training to local businesses about employing disabled people. She wants to prevent the kind of discrimination she was subjected to as a disabled person trying to get and keep a decent job.
John Shakespeare is an employment advisor for BIT Pathways, a mental health charity in Birmingham. His first career was as a butcher, starting when he was thirteen, delivering orders. But by the time he was forty he had both legs amputated so he had to find a new career.
Alan Cornfield is a business development manager for Birmingham Disability Resource Centre. He left school to go into the car industry but since then he has attained many qualifications including a fine arts degree from the Open University, a degree in special needs and a bricklaying certificate.
Shanade Duggon is a veterinary nurse and teaches animal care and veterinary nursing at Greenmount College and Northern Regional College in Northern Ireland. She wanted to be a veterinary nurse since high school, and set out to gain all the qualifications required. Although there was tough competition for work experience, Shanade was determined to get some and applied to local vets every month until she secured a place.
Rosemary Hunter works at CAFRE as a countryside management lecturer. She values the volunteering and gap year she did - "you basically graduate, you've got a qualification but you haven't got the experience, and I think volunteering and doing the gap year helped me, cos I was making myself different from all the rest of the graduates".
Peter Simpson is a food technologist for CAFRE. He says, "it involves quite a variety of jobs... at the moment I'm predominantly involved in education, but I'm also involved in working with the local food industry on numerous projects from developing new products ,to helping them design factories, to helping them with legislation. Really, no two days are the same in the life of a food technologist".