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Are you interested in the way the economy works?

Geography graduates have excellent transferable skills which attracts business, law and finance sectors.

Team workers, self starters, IT literate, good data interpretation and research skills- these are all attributes where geographers ‘tick the box’. Detail, accuracy and a professional attitude are all nurtured with a geography degree.

Geography's broad subject knowledge helps too. Working as a financial risk analyst in a bank for example, a geographer would benefit from their understanding of factors affecting economic growth in various parts of the world.

Posts exist in local councils and national government departments,but the majority of posts in this field are in the private sector. In 2007 45% of UK vacancies in graduate finance positions were in London.

To succeed, you need to work under pressure and enjoy the meeting focused targets. Further training and even additional qualifications may be necessary. In some sales and consultancy roles, negotiation skills will be valuable.
  • Financial risk assessor
  • Banker
  • Accountant
  • Insurance
  • Transport/logistics manager
  • Retail management
  • Management consultant
  • Commercial sales
  • Lawyer
  • Economic adviser and analyst
  • Buyer
  • Location analyst

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