New career resources inspire students to study geography and GIS – FE News

Esri UK today announced a new Careers with GIS website, designed to inspire more students to study Geography and GIS at GCSE, A-Level and University level, by highlighting the rewarding and exciting careers these matters lead.

Containing stories of real professionals working with GIS (geographic information systems), from drone pilots and engineers to those fighting climate change or wildlife conservation, the site dispels outdated stereotypes about open careers people with qualifications in geography. The rich variety of jobs included shows how geospatial technology skills are currently in increasing demand across many different sectors, especially in the sustainability and environmental industries.

Website tackles outdated stereotypes about careers in geography

Content on the site includes videos and interactive story cards to be used by teachers, parents/guardians, guidance counselors and students, to provide inspiration when choosing subjects, helping people to realize that studying geography and GIS is the first step to a fulfilling career. Using filters, the site allows students to narrow down the different job profiles that interest them the most. Profiles include GIS experts working at Costain, Sustrans, The Rivers Trust, Plantlife International and the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

“Teachers tell us that students are under pressure to drop geography because the wide range of well-paying and fulfilling jobs related to the subject are invisible from the classroom. Careers with GIS was created to reveal what’s out there, breaking down outdated stereotypes about what geographers do and who can be a geographer,” said Katie Hall, education manager at Esri UK. “The geospatial sector currently needs new people, especially with the growth of the environment and climate change industries. Learning geography and GIS skills can help students find fulfilling careers, empowering them to make the world a better place.

For undergraduate geography students considering future careers, the site provides advice on the skills they will need to acquire while in school to apply for a growing range of jobs. Other useful resources include links to job postings, the GeoMentor program, as well as industry sites including the Royal Geographical Society, Black Geographers and Women in Geospatial.

Steve Brace, Head of Education and Outdoor Learning, Royal Geographical Society, said: “From flying drones to working in government, to analyzing Britain’s rivers or creating a new road map of Qatar, Esri UK’s career materials illustrate the wide range of roles open to those who can apply their geographic expertise and GIS skills in the workplace. These jobs help businesses and governments do more and address key challenges facing our societies and our environment. So if geography students want to see where GIS could take them, the Royal Geographical Society encourages them to find additional inspiration in Esri UK’s career profiles.

Simon Holland, Head of Faculty of Geography, Bilborough Sixth Form College, Nottingham, said: “GIS is such an important growth area for careers and many of our students progress into this industry, often discovering these careers after studying geography at university. Therefore, it is invaluable to have such an exciting careers in GIS resource that showcases a wide range of people, job roles and backgrounds to use at an early stage in their career path. “Careers with GIS” is an excellent resource for integrating teaching careers and for students to further explore the diverse and exciting world of GIS careers. »

“The new website is different from other geography-related career resources because it focuses on careers that use GIS technology and skills, which today includes interactive mapping, artificial intelligence, twins digital technologies, drones and mobile applications,” concluded Hall. “The site is a long-term project that will see the content continue to grow – we are now looking for more professionals to feature on the site to help excite future GIS experts.”

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