Employment profiles

Thomasin Sayers

(French & NHM, 2015) Resilience Officer, National Flood Forum

Natural Hazard Management is an unrivalled course focusing on studies of real-world hazards with fascinating first-hand experiences which made me want to pursue a career that I didn’t know existed prior to my degree.


Amy Powell

(IDS with Sociology, 2014) Intern, Five Talents

I'm currently an intern for a small microfinance charity called Five Talents who work in East Africa helping small business owners to grow their businesses by implementing loans and savings groups and providing business training. I have had a lot of support from the Head of International Development, Gill Miller, who is a trustee of Five Talents and introduced me to the opportunity and since graduating has been very supportive.


Tom Edwards

(IDS & Geography, 2014) Development Officer, Salt of the Earth

My degree in International Development and Geography from Chester helped me move into my current position as it provided me with theoretical development experience and skills where I interned for four months in India on a mother and child nutrition project. After this, I was employed to work in fundraising and communications for the same charity back in the UK.  

Emma Rowbotham

(Geography & NHM, 2012) Conservation Officer in Western Australia 

Emma Rowbotham works for the Government of Western Australia in the Department of Environment & Conservation as a Conservation Officer. When asked what attracted her to study at the University of Chester, she replied “the reputation of the department; I was impressed by the statistics on student satisfaction and performance.


Laura Hampson

(IDS and Tourism, 2010) Teacher in the Maldives

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I’m working as a teacher in the Maldives - I teach A Level Business Studies at a small island school- there’s about 1000 people living here. I’ve also just helped my students to set up their own allotment in the school grounds, to sell their produce in the community. The hope is to ultimately spend any profits on improving the school’s library.


Karen Kershaw

(IDS with Criminology, 2008) Advisor, Citizens Advice Bureau

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I signed up to the Citizens Advice Bureau volunteers course at the end of the 3rd year. I received training and found myself helping out with the CAB mental health team who work specifically in GP surgeries. When funding came through for the team to expand they suggested I apply for a post. The presentation skills I developed during Uni helped so much during the selection process. I now love my new job and I get paid to help people, which is what I always wanted.  


Julia Blair

(IDS & Applied Social Science, 2007) Intern with the International Org. of Migration (IOM)

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I have been teaching English in Indonesia for an NGO that helps street children by giving them all the basic necessities and now I have been offered an internship with the IOM in Lombok. I'm also working as an Indigenous Mapping Research Analyst for Native Planet, an NGO that empowers indigenous groups.



Stacey Clarke

(Geography, 2006) Environmental Consultant with RSK Group plc.

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I am employed as an Environmental Consultant within the Environmental Impact Assessment team. My job involves assessing the impacts large-scale projects such as wind farms will have on the environment before they are submitted for planning permission. I am also studying for my MSc in Environmental Management on a part time basis.


Tamara Hunt

(Geography, 2006) Research Assistant at University of Chester

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Tamara Hunt was the Research Assistant for our department Geography & International Development but is now working as a Sustainability Assistant with the Green Impact team at University of Chester. “My main interest throughout my degree was in climate change and environmental sustainability.” She has worked on a range of University projects from implementing the online Chester Carbon Reduction Programme (CRed) to analysing the carbon footprint of local community groups.


Michael Hughes

(Geography, 2002) Secondary school teacher

After finishing my degree I sat down for a chat with the Head of Department and he suggested with my background in coaching various sports why don't I look at teaching. I applied for a PGCE place and the rest is history as they say!


Ed Nicholas

(Geography, 2002) Transport Planner/GIS Analyst with Hyder Consulting


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I am now working for an engineering consultancy firm as a Transport Planner. I believe that many companies, in particular environmental/engineering consultancies welcome Geography graduates due to the range of transferable skills they can offer. For example, their ability to think spatially, analyse and interpret large data sets as well as present information by using a variety of methods. These are key skills, which are invaluable and used on a day-to-day basis!