Welcome to the Careers area for the School of Geography. This area will give you information on career options, application techniques, how you can improve your employment prospects and gain work experience and graduate job vacancies. This area is maintained by the School of Geography Careers Consultant, Serena Spoendlin.
See the website to find out more about the support we offer you or drop in to see us, in WG3 (by the Octagon), Queens Building. We offer 20 minute appointments daily. To book please either visit the Careers & Enterprise Centre (WG3 Queens' Building) or telephone us on 0207 882 8533.
You can click on the links below to find out what careers some of our QMUL Geography alumni are working in:
· Bronwen Eastaugh, Student Engagement Manager - view here
· Barry Lui, Senior Technology Consultant - view here
· Jim Biggin, Graduate Procurement Officer - view here
· Nick Hajdu, Founder of Navigate Video - view here
· Toby Arnold, Senior Environmental Underwriter - view here
· Chipo Meke, Management Consultant - view here
· Natalie Fairchild, Operations Specialist - view here
· Shajiyah Begum, Teacher of Geography - view here
· Farhasaad Shahid, Communications Associate – view here
All the profiles can be found here.
What to do from first year to improve your employment prospects
The process of getting a good job when you graduate starts in your first year. When you apply for graduate jobs employers look for evidence from year one of transferable skills gained both from inside and outside your course and some professional work experience. It can sometimes be challenging to balance study and involvement in these things, so read more on the 'What to do and when' page to help you identify next steps that will work for you.
There are opportunities for Geography students to do volunteering and professional certification with London Citizens: read here for more information.
Hear what other students say about their experience of getting work experience and being active on campus in our film:
Your Geography degree gives you a huge range of transferable skills, meaning that you can go into a variety of jobs - from those directly related to your degree to those totally unrelated. Read our options page and get links for where you can get further info by clicking the picture below.
You can also read the Careers & Enterprise industry guides to get an overview of different career sectors, the skills they require (how to develop these) and where to find more information.
Where to find vacancies: volunteering, internships and graduate jobs
QM Jobonline: this lists over 2200 graduate job, volunteering and internship vacancies
Work experience hub: general information, ideas and tips for gaining work experience through paid and voluntary opportunities, as well as links to live vacancies
QConsult: team-based consultancy projects - working on a real life problem for a local business or charity
QRecruit: find QInternships for students and graduates, temporary work and QProjects opportunities.
Download handouts on job seeking in different sectors, from the environmental sector to marketing to charities and development.
Download the resources below for a list of websites where you can find volunteering opportunities, internships and directories of member companies who you can write to and set up your own work experience.
Making internship and job applications
For information and advice about interviews, networking, making speculative applications and assessment centres see the Resources page of the Careers & Enterprise website.
Career case studies: QMUL School of GeographyHere are a collection of career case studies from QMUL School of Geography alumni, covering careers ranging from international development and teaching to marketing and recycling - and more!
Careers & Enterprise: services we offer
Careers & Enterprise is located in WG3, on the ground floor of the Queens building, near the Octagon. Visit us or give us a call on 0207 882 8533.
We provide a range of services to help you secure work and professional experience whilst you study and a job after you graduate, as well as advice and funding to start or grow a business We can support you in a variety of ways:
One-to-one appointments with a Careers Consultant or Application Adviser: book an appointment to talk about anything from finding work experience, graduate jobs, or further study opportunities to exploring your career options, getting feedback on your CV, cover letter or application form, or doing a tailored practice interview. Book up to a week in advance by calling 020 7882 8533 or in person in WG3, Queens building
Careers events: meet employers and find out more about different jobs from QMUL alumni at our fairs, workshops and panels. See www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events for a full list of events and how to book.
As well as our programme of events open to all students, the School of Geography has its own bespoke careers programme managed by me (Gemma Garrett, SoG Careers Consultant). This is in the form of small group career tutorials in years 1, 2 and 3; a careers lecture in year 1; and special alumni panel events including 'Career Conversations: Where can a Geography degree take you?' open to all years every Spring.
Jobonline vacancies website: our online jobs board lists over 2,000 part-time and full-time jobs, internships and volunteering activities in the UK and overseas. Search www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/jobs
Work experience: find a wide range of opportunities for getting paid and unpaid experience, on or near campus, through our work experience hub. The hub includes opportunities available through our work experience schemes exclusively for QMUL students:
- QConsult – mini consultancy projects where you work in a small team of students from different subjects to solve a real-life business challenge www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qconsult
- QProjects – challenging volunteer internships in charities. Work one day a week for three months in a project leader role over the summer www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit
- QTemps – paid temporary work on campus and in the local area for QMUL students and graduates www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/qrecruit
Enterprise programme: Got a project idea that you want to turn into a business? Or a business that you want to grow? Our enterprise support includes information, funding, one-to-one advice, workshops and networking with experts and mentors. See: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/enterprise
Online information and resources: Visit the
Careers & Enterprise QM+ module for more information about our services and how to access them, overviews of different career sectors, useful guides (e.g. on writing a CV or cover letter, preparing for interview, etc), practice psychometric tests and video interviews, DVDs on how to do well at assessment centres, and more.
Award winning schemes: QConsult and QProjectsQConsult
QConsult is an award-winning employability programme that offers the opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary team of five students on a real life consultancy or research project for a local business or charity.
At the end of your project, you present your findings and recommendations to your client organisation in a written report and verbal presentation.
You also receive wrap-around training at the start and end of your project, and support throughout.
Past projects have included: developing public awareness campaigns, completing evaluation reports, conducting market research and testing and reviewing digital advertising campaigns.
We're particularly keen for Geographers and Environmental Science students to take part, as your approach to problem-solving, logistical planning, research and surveys is often invaluable to a small, multi-disciplinary QConsult team.
Why take part?
- Gain valuable, tangible work experience during term time
- Improve your knowledge of different industries and sectors
- Receive support, training and advice on project management and presentation skills
- Get paid the London Living Wage for 20 hours of project work
“I enjoyed working in an organisation as a consultant and being part of a team coming up with practical recommendations helping the organisation to perform better on the programme. Moreover, I loved the team I was working with and we successfully played on each other's strengths to give our best on the project.
This experience has definitely helped me with my career development giving me a feeling of working environment and helping me think of the kind work and environment I would like to be in the future. Moreover, it has given me the opportunity to start looking into career paths and relevant working experiences respectively.”
Mahrukh Khalid, Environmental Science student and QConsult alum
“The QConsult experience is one that I would highly recommend. As geographers, I think sometimes we do not appreciate how applicable our skills are in the working world. Collecting field data, writing reports and presenting were just some of the skills I had to apply on the project - all of which my degree at Queen Mary has fulfilled me with.
You're given support by an excellent careers team who are with you all the way, outlining strengths as well as areas in which you could improve. All in all, the QConsult experience gave me an excellent insight into the working world and has made me a lot more confident for applying for jobs in the future.”
James Ellis, Geography graduate and QConsult alumQProjects
QProjects is an award winning work experience scheme that places QM students into CV-enhancing placements in local charities and community organisations.
QProjects is designed to give you the chance to add skills and experience to your CV that will make you to stand out to future employers and explore what you would enjoy doing after graduation, all the while helping a local charity in need of your time and skills. Projects generally last for 3 months and take up only 1 day a week of your time, allowing you to fit the placement around your other commitments.
Since 2012, over 400 students have been placed into a QProject.
Previous Project Leader roles have included opportunities with the Canal Trust and Thames 21, and roles such as Marketing Officer, Funding Project Leader, and Research and Evaluation Project Lead.
Visit our QRecruit pages to see what vacancies are currently available. From the QRecruit homepage, click on 'vacancies' (top menu) and then select 'QProjects' from the 'vacancy type' option box.
Meet a Project Leader:
‘I believe that my QProject placements at the Ragged School Museum and StudentVoice helped me enhance vital professional skills that I was able to showcase at my DFID assessment day. My placement at StudentVoice significantly improved my problem solving and communication skills as I had the opportunity to liaise with students, film directors and regional charities through harnessing StudentVoices’ social media, blog and the e-newsletter. My QProject placements also inspired me to apply for a job within the international development sector as I knew that I enjoyed making a positive difference to communities through tackling social issues. My QProject placements were not just about gaining vital work experience in fact I can certainly say that QProjects helped form a strong foundation for my career. I learned about the ways in which I could excel at job interviews and assessment days. After each QProject interview I was given thorough feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of my interview and the strategies I could employ to improve my communication techniques.’
Anum Ahmed, English Literature graduate 2014 and QProject alum (Anum worked as an Educational Research Project Leader for the Ragged School Museum and a Communications Project Leader for StudentVoice )
Starting a business/social business
Queen Mary Careers & Enterprise provides students and recent graduates with a range of support for their entrepreneurial ideas:
Seed funding – students and recent graduates (up to one year) can apply for up to £10,000 of funding through our ‘Try It’, ‘Grow It’ and 'Build it' awards, with opportunities to apply each semester.
1-to-1 enterprise appointments – book an appointment by calling 0207 882 8533, or visiting us in the Careers & Enterprise Centre on the ground floor of the Queens’ Building, to get advice about developing your business idea. Whatever stage your idea is at we can meet with you and help you to develop it.
Access to experts – we can put you in contact with experts (from intellectual property to business accounting advice). Email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us what you need to know about.
Workspace – students can work on their businesses in the Qube, an on-site bookable space in the Francis Bancroft building.
Workshops – check our events website to book onto our practical workshops including business plan writing, pitching, cashflow, and marketing, run each semester.
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) – international students with a credible business idea and relevant entrepreneurial skills can apply for endorsement from Queen Mary to stay in the UK under a Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Immigration Permission.
Entrepreneurial networks – join Queen Mary Entrepreneurs, or ask us for a business mentor and we can try to match you with a mentor from a local start-up to support you through the early stages of setting up your business.
For more details visit www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/students/enterprise
To find out about enterprise events visit: www.careers.qmul.ac.uk/events