The Big Geography Career Event
Students from the Geography Society, in association with the College’s Career Service, held a Careers and Networking event last month, with representatives from eleven high-profile employers explaining why their companies highly value the unique range of skills Geography students learn throughout their degree.
The presentation and networking session was the second and largest of a three-part series of events called ‘Down to Earth’, in which the society aims to improve Geography students’ CVs and to speak directly to potential employers about their career aspirations after King’s.Various representatives from influential companies made presentations about why Geography students are appealing to employers with their broad assortment of skills and how they can proactively contribute to businesses with their own distinctive areas of expertise. ‘The Big Geography Career Event’ began with a panel of five employers including Deloitte, Civil Service 'Fast Stream' and Transport for London. Some of these speakers were also King's Geography alumni – such as Annushka Amar from Deloitte.Employers Exclusive Analysis told students how much they valued the Geographic Information System (GIS) skills geographers learn as part of King’s programmes.
In early November a workshop was held where attendees were taught the details about structuring and making the best of their CVs, as well as an opportunity to network with top employers. The society will also hold a final career event before Christmas, telling students how to polish up their interview techniques.The panel discussion was followed by a networking session with 17 different representatives from more companies and organisations such as Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Sainsbury's, Lloyds of London, Christian Aid and URS Scott Wilson. 160 Geography students from all years attended and had the opportunity to speak directly to potential employers about their career ambitions.
Suzanne Kimman, President of the Geography Society, commented: ‘No degree limits your aspirations in terms of the types of job you can go into, and no subject gives you greater freedom and a wider variety of choice than geography! Geographers, with the multiple array of skills they learn throughout their degree, are capable of tackling many different occupations, whether it be event organisation and project management, or analysing data from the middle of the Amazon rainforest; geographers have the world at their feet!’
Society member Amy Lawrence added: ‘I don't know of any other subject that best equips its students with skills and confidence needed to pursue any career they wish!’