The professional self-evaluation (PSE) is the most important part of the application. You should make an explicit case as to why you want to become a Chartered Geographer, and why you should be awarded the status.
The evaluation should:
- Clearly describe all relevant geographical experience and knowledge
- Clearly describe how you are applying your geographical knowledge, skills and understanding to your work
- Show how this constitutes a case for Chartered Geographer
- Demonstrate that you are advancing geography above and beyond your job description and everyday work requirements
- Show a commitment to continuing professional development
- Provide an explicit statement as to why you wish to become a Chartered Geographer
- State how you will use the post-nominal in the future
Your evaluation should also abide by the following requirements:
- Maximum of 1,000 words in length
- The evaluation should not just be an extension of your CV (such as a chronological explanation of your employment changes) or biographical in style, instead it should be structured to answer the points outlined in the content section above
- You should cross-refer to other documents in your application, particularly your CPD record and CV, which should contain factual detail about projects/activities you mention in your evaluation.
- Applications that do not mention geography or Chartered Geographer will not be accepted
- Information about travel and hobbies, not relevant to being recognised for professional achievement, should not be included
- The use of acronyms (e.g. in technical work/internal projects) should be kept to a minimum (this also applies to the rest of your application)
Examples of professional self-evaluations
For further guidance please contact the Professional Officer.