Professional bodies support your career and offer a range of opportunities for networking and professional development.
Geographers work across a range of sectors and industries, often in ways that cross-cut sectors and career pathways. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is one of many professional bodies and institutions that geographers engage with.
Early in your career, membership of a professional body can offer several benefits.
Being a student or early-career member of a professional body not only adds to your CV, it demonstrates you are serious about your professionalism. It can also demonstrate early commitment to a specific career area, particularly if you get involved in their activities.
You will be able to access guidance and specialist support on your career. This may be through publications, best practice guides, sector or subject updates and more. Some professional bodies also offering mentoring or coaching for early-career members. All of these will contribute to your wider professional awareness and offer opportunities for you to get involved.
Many professional bodies host networking opportunities, including regional or sector-specific groups, and special-interest groups. This can be a great way of meeting like-minded students and professionals, which can promote collaboration and career development.
CPD is vital to success in any career. Professional bodies often run training courses, webinars, mentoring schemes and offer accreditation that will be targeted to your needs.
If you are working towards a professional accreditation, such as Chartered Geographer, you may have the opportunity to receive feedback on your CPD It is normally a requirement of maintaining a Chartered Status that you complete sufficient relevant CPD each year. This signals to your employer and clients that you are maintaining your expertise in a way that is recognised by your profession.
The Society is committed to supporting professionals in a number of ways:
Advocating for the relevance and impact of geography and geographers across all realms
Promoting the discipline and careers
Supporting career development through CPD & networking
Setting standards; offer and accredit training/education
Awarding Chartered status, CGeog
Recognising excellence at the highest level through medals and awards
For early career professionals considering working towards Chartered Geographer, we also offer:
Bespoke advice and guidance from the Chartered Geographer team
Events and opportunities to engage in professional development
Targeted mentoring and peer support
CPD advice and review
Networking events, and LinkedIn groups
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