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Lucy Godfrey, BSc Geography 2008

Lucy Godfrey

"After finishing my geography degree I began applying for graduate schemes within the field of environment.  I enjoyed the environmental modules I took during my degree and this encouraged me to pursue a career in it.  However, I soon realised that many employers require graduates to have a Masters in environment and as jobs are so competitive, I didn’t really stand a chance.

I was not keen on doing a Masters straight away and so I considered other areas such as urban planning and transport planning, where employers do consider geography graduates.  After numerous application forms and lots of phone calls and perseverance I secured a place on the Transport for London graduate scheme.  I begin in September as a transport planner within surface transport and I will be working on a number of projects around London, perhaps even the Olympics!

The skills I gained from my geography degree have really helped my confidence in the world of work.  I not only have skills in statistics, field work, report writing and research but also communication and presenting which are all very important in day to day work.

Leeds was a great city in which to study.  It has such a lively atmosphere with such a huge student population and there is loads to do!  There are so many difference societies to join and there are always events going on providing something for everyone. 

I have a few months free now before I start at TfL in September so I am off to Africa and South America to see what that has to offer!"