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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Formal education is not the route for everyone and Jess's dad helped her accept that. She dropped out of college at 16 and started as a waitress at the Eden Project. Having worked in several departments, she has found her niche as Press Officer. Jess is proof that with patience, hard work and the right approach, you don't have to have qualifications to have a great career.
As a boy David loved writing, newspapers and current affairs; so what better career path for him than journalism. Coming from a family of fisherman, he was the first to experience university life. From the local paper to Fleet Street and now as Head of Media Relations at the Eden Project, David's story is an education and an inspiration for all budding journalists.
Not having a plan is Monroe's career plan. Currently a Pollinator at the Eden Project, his natural curiosity and love of communication have helped him make a living out of taking each day as it comes, seeing what it has to offer and taking a new path if it looks more interesting than the one he is on. As a pollinator he takes ideas from one person to another, promoting understanding and stimulating innovation.
Getting a first in his Energy Management in Business degree was a huge turning point in Matt's life. Frustrated at school by his learning disability Matt left to work in marketing and PR and quickly set up his own business. He travelled and worked in New Zealand and then, building on the success of his degree, Matt joined the Eden Project as Energy Manager, a role he loves.
Who would have thought that helping your Dad in the garden on a Sunday could lead to having responsibility for the smooth running of the Temperate Biome at the Eden Project? Robert Brett built on an interest in the environment, running his own landscape business and taking opportunities to study and work at Kew, and Cambridge University Botanic Garden, before landing his current role. Thriving on challenge Robert is now keen to make a difference by helping improve public undertsandiing and by making social change happen.
Adrian Murphy knows that change happens. He has spent his career being ready for it, looking forward to it and building the skills that allow him to deal with it successfully. After going to university (which Adrian loved) he got his first role at PPG as a lab technician. A few years on, and in need of a new challenge, Adrian changed role to customer services supervisor. He has relished this change, as well as the other major change in his life - having a family of his own.
Carl works as a Shift Team Leader at PPG and as a reserve firefighter for Suffolk. At the paint producing plant he supervises the safety, production and quality control and he sees that targets are met. With the fire service he deals with all sorts of rescues including accident recovery, fire and industrial spill. Finding huge reward in helping others, Carl is keen to make a real difference and also finds time to work in the community suppporting teenagers from the ages of 12-18.
Katie Maggs loves learning and has always enjoyed history and visiting museums. As Assistant Curator of Medicine at The Science Museum she uses medical objects to tell interesting stories through exhibitions and web projects. Put off archaeology by the mud, she volunteered for work experience with a vengeance to achieve her goal of working in a museum. Katie sees numerous possibilities for her career development in the next few years.
Being an Outreach Officer at The Science Museum allows Nathaniel to satisfy his love of performance. Supported by his family he studied drama at college but was then forced to take several part-time non acting jobs to survive (including a project in a condemned library!). With the help of his girlfriend he secured a position at The Science Museum where he can perform and making a real difference in the community.
A degree in aeronautical engineering led Chris Open to a job at Rolls Royce. Eight years on he realised his interest lay in business management. Retraining opened the door to his research and development (reducing carbon emissions) post at E.ON. Chris combines his rewarding work with challenging out of work activities and is passionate about travel.