Careers

Our graduate employment record is excellent. 94% of our 2017 graduates available for work were in employment or further training six months after graduation, with 72% of those graduates in employment or further study in professional or managerial roles or studying at graduate level (2017 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Your personal tutor will be happy to support your career aspirations. They also provide references for you when you start applying for jobs and, working with the dedicated Geography careers tutor, will try to help you make contact with employers to support your search for a career.

The Career Development Service‚Äč organises a number of events and workshops that facilitate meetings between undergraduates and employers. The University takes part in at least two careers fairs per year, and these are a great opportunity for prospective employers to meet you.

Undergraduate employability modules

Our second-year module Workplace Geographies maximises your employability prospects, provides opportunities for work experience, develops your understanding of the job market, generates high-class CVs and covering letters and helps build personal confidence - skills that you can take with you into your job search. 

Our second-year module Geography in Education places you in the classroom of a local secondary school. You will work closely with teachers and develop key skills and experience that will be beneficial to a career in teaching.

Study abroad

You can add to your CV, build your experience and stand out to employers by studying abroad.

Postgraduate study

Our undergraduate degrees are ideal preparation for postgraduate study. If you wish to remain in higher education, staff can offer advice and information about both courses available in the department and courses elsewhere.

Hear from our graduates

"Following graduation I began work as a secondary school teacher in Tanzania. I lived there for nine months in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro! The whole experience was amazing and gave me a chance to be immersed in a completely different way of life. I was an active member of the school staff, organising school trips to the Serengeti and to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. My degree in geography gave me the skills I needed. I now plan to use my degree experiences and work experiences to gain a place on the graduate scheme at Transport for London."

Peter, Geography BSc

"During the summer break after my second year I took part in a volunteer scheme in South Africa. I worked in a wildlife sanctuary for five weeks where I helped improve the life of native birds and animals. It was a great experience, as it helped me gain confidence and improved my team-working skills. I would thoroughly recommend this scheme to anyone - it was the greatest experience of my life, culturally and socially."

Jenny, Geography BA

"Success in gaining a graduate job means you have to be realistic. The competition is fierce: 6,000 candidates applied for the 92 positions available on the Marks and Spencer graduate management scheme, on which I gained a place. During my assessment I was expected to take part in a group discussion, lead a role-play, do a presentation and have an interview. The day was exhausting, but the tasks are purposely designed to encourage you to display your skills. And, when you are successful, the satisfaction in knowing you beat the competition and have the financial security that a graduate job creates is fantastic."

Rebecca, Geography BA

"The nature of a graduate role in Audit at KPMG means that I spend a large amount of time at client sites, working as part of a team to complete the audit, which is an examination of the financial report of an organisation by someone independent of that organisation. The role involves tasks such as conducting various controls and tests, performing analytical reviews, going through clients' financial records and documenting findings. I also spend a lot of time talking to clients and gaining an understanding of how their business works and whether or not the controls they have in place are working effectively. Over the first three years of the programme this work is also interspersed with attending college and studying for exams, as I am working towards gaining the ACA, a professional accounting qualification."

Dan, Geography BA

Career Development Service

At Leicester, we will ensure that you are equipped for a lifetime of career success by providing you with invaluable experience that will enhance your CV and boost your skills.

Our Career Development Service