What next for Homerton’s Graduates?

Testimonials from Geography graduates

Natalie Burrows (2005-2008)

After I graduated I decided to take a public relations job in London. The job was exciting, fast paced and I had the opportunity to take a lot of responsibility at an early stage of my career. I represented many TV chefs and sports personalities. After 18 months however I decided that this wasn’t the career for me and I missed having geography in my life!

I'm now an analyst at Clarksons, the world's largest shipbroking house. I analyse the supply and demand of the major commodities carried by the world fleet which exceeds 50,000 ships! Freight rates are extremely volatile to even small changes in supply or demand. Weather conditions, natural disasters, monsoon patterns, political and economic factors all can have major impacts to international trade so my background in Geography comes in handy on a daily basis. The very international nature of the industry means there are lots of opportunities for travel and the workplace is very cosmopolitan. In some ways I can't think of a better profession for a geographer!

Alex Green (2006-2009)

I graduated from Homerton in 2009, and after spending a year travelling, I joined Ernst and Young where I have worked for the past 3 years in the real estate audit department while studying for my accountancy qualification, which I finished earlier this year. In December of this year, I will be starting a new job as a project accountant in the charity Transparency International, based out in Berlin, who work to combat corruption in political, economic and environmental spheres.

Derwin Gregory (2004-2007)

In 2007, after completing a degree in Geography, I spent time working as a European Funding Officer for Essex County Council. Through the support and advice provided by staff at the University of Cambridge, I was encouraged to follow my interests. Consequently, in 2008 I commenced studying for a MA in Landscape Archaeology at the University of Bristol. With the award of a distinction, combined with the transferable skills learnt whilst studying at Cambridge, I was able to gain a position with English Heritage’s Archaeological Survey and Investigation Team. This position was funded through the Institute for Archaeologist’s EPPIC scheme. Since 2011, I have been based at the University of East Anglia researching for a PhD on the archaeology of one of the branches of the Secret Service during the Second World War.

Melissa Nunes (2006-2009)

I am currently pursuing a career in Catastrophe Modelling at a global reinsurance broker, whilst studying part-time for an MSc in Geophysical Hazards at UCL.

Jack Holland (2002-2005)

After completing a BA in Geography at Cambridge University and my MA in Political Science (Research) at the University of Birmingham, I transferred to the University Warwick to undertake my PhD. I joined the School of Politics at the University of Surrey in 2010 as a Lecturer in International Relations. Prior to that, I worked at the University of Leeds, also as Lecturer in IR, and studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Birmingham, Warwick and Queensland. I also spent several months in Washington DC, based at the Library of Congress.

My research is on US, British and Australian foreign and security policy. I am interested in critical (primarily constructivist) approaches in IR.  My work explores the role of language, identity, popular culture, domestic politics and strategic agency in the foreign policy process. 

Testimonials from Education With Geography graduates

Mandy Brent (nee Kaye) (2005-2008)

I graduated from Homerton College, Cambridge in 2008 with a Starred First degree in Geography and Education Studies. I initially entered the field of Research, working as an intern at the National Centre for Social Research and gaining my AQR (Association for Qualitative Research) qualification. After two years in research, I decided to combine both parts of my BA degree (Geography and Education) to train as a Geography teacher.

I applied to the Graduate Teacher Programme at the Institute of Education, University of London where I was awarded the only fully funded scholarship to train as a Secondary Teacher of Geography. I graduated with an 'Outstanding' in 2011 and was promoted to the Head of A Level Geography in my NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) year. 

Over the past two years I have been invited to lecture at Teacher Training courses at London universities, on GTP, PGCE and Teach First courses. I have also mentored GTP and PGCE trainees at the Institute of Education and been involved in writing bids to redevelop teacher training courses and improve attainment at key stages 3 and 4 as part of the London Schools Excellence Fund.

In September 2013 I began my current role as Head of Geography at an Independent school for girls (GSA) in North London. I hope to continue working in both Higher and Secondary education in the future and complete a PhD in Education in subsequent years. I am particularly interested in effective pedagogy and the relationship between best practice in Assessment For Learning and pupil attainment.

Lucy Harris (2004-2007)

I worked from two years as a teaching assistant after finishing my degree in 2007, supporting children with special needs in a Cambridge Primary school. I then returned to Homerton in 2009 to complete my Early Years PGCE, and have since been working as a Class Teacher in a primary school in Cherry Hinton. I taught Year 1 for the past 3 years, and have now moved to Year 2 this academic year. Being in Cambridge I have been able to take my children to some of my old Geography haunts: we have been to the Sedgewick museum, the Botanic gardens and the Scott Polar institute recently.
My job isn't very Geography based but I have been using my school holidays to squeeze in some travels! I've been to Egypt, the Canary Islands, Croatia, Morocco and Peru in the last few years.

Julia Raths (2006-2009)

After having finished the FIFA Master at the International Center for Sports Studies in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, I was lucky enough to move right into a job with FIS (the world governing body for skiing, snowboard and the nordic disciplines) who are based in the canton of Bern - more specifically in Oberhofen on the shores of the beautiful Thunersee. My role is entitled Projects Assistant and my main tasks are the coordination of the candidacy process for World Championships, and the transfer of knowledge once these events have taken place. My other main domain is the FIS Development Programme which aims to provide financial support as well as training camps and seminars to developing ski nations in order to further their own knowledge and competences.

Claudia Rodrigues (2004-2007)

Since graduating I joined a Global Executive Financial Search Firm in London where I have been responsible for establishing client relationships and generating business across Sales, Structuring, Research, Trading and Investment Banking. I have been involved in building different market areas across commodities, Interest Rates, Credit, FX, and Equities; providing in depth analysis and research to my clients. I have had a global focus with my work and have successfully completed various mandates in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Paul Trahearn (2004-2007)

After leaving Cambridge I went to Oxford to do my PGCE and then moved back to the West Midlands. Since starting my career, I've been teaching at Alderbrook School which is a comprehensive secondary school in Solihull. Despite all the recent/planned government changes, I'm really enjoying the job and I plan to stay in the profession for the foreseeable future.