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Amy Burgess, 2014-15

Amy Burgess is about to embark on a career as a GIS consultant at Integrated Skills in Leeds specialising in route optimisation and environmental services. A recent graduate of our MSc in Geographical Information Skills programme, Amy explains how she studied part-time via a combination of distance learning and taught units at the university as well as being employed as a data analyst before finishing her degree. She offers advice on how to get started on a career in GIS.

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Oiza Mildred Olowojoba

Hannah Roberts 2013-14

Having graduated last year with a degree in geography, I had no idea where I wanted to take it. I had hugely enjoyed my modules in GIS so I decided to pursue my interest and apply for the MSc GIS course offered here at Leeds.

It is a decision I am so pleased I made, as not only did the broad range of modules allow me expand my interest in topics I had studied previously, but I have also learnt about new topics I had not come across before. Such modules have provided me with skills that are key to working in the field of GIS, for example demographic analysis, spatial methods and programming. Additionally I was able to undertake a research placement with the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR), which gave me an opportunity to apply these skills to a typical working environment.

Completing the research placement inspired me to continue in that area of work, and I will be beginning a PhD in partnership with the University and BIHR in October. My research will surround the effect of green space utilisation and perception on physical and mental health and well-being, and will make use of valuable skills I have learnt throughout this course.

Leeds as a city is a fantastic place to live, with a huge diversity of things to do for all kinds of people. There is an abundance of shops, restaurants, bars, museums and parks, as well as plenty of events on offer throughout the year such as sporting events, theatre productions and music concerts. Overall my experience in Leeds, both academic and extra-curricular, has been fantastic and I wouldn’t change any of it.

Jefferson Miller, 2012-13

Planning Specialist I, Transportation Planning Section,  Howard County Government

I attended the University of Leeds for the top notch education, the student friendly atmosphere of the city, and because it put me in a great position to travel England and the rest of Europe.  

Attending the University of Leeds was the scariest and best decision of my life.  Leeds instilled me with a great educational platform with which to strive toward my aspirations of a career in the field of geography. Every person within the geography department and especially those associated with the MSc GIS, helped me to achieve my goals. I am forever thankful for this!

I will be working in the Transportation Planning section as a Planning Specialist. Currently our main project is the updating/creation of the Howard County Pedestrian Plan which evaluates the overall pedestrian network of the county and its compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Oiza Mildred Olowojoba 2011-12

Choosing the School of Geography is the best decision I have ever made. I was certain I made the right choice from my first day after interacting with my tutor. He was so welcoming that I knew the one year I had to spend away from my family in the UK wasn’t going to be boring after all. That impression hasn’t changed.

The body of staff is amazing. There was always someone to attend to my numerous queries both academic and personal. The modules are well structured and varied enough to capture any GIS-related interest.
I have acquired lots of new skills including Java Programming and digital image analysis. I have found myself planning the retail location network of ASDA stores in Leeds as well as estimating carbon loss in the Brazilian Amazonia. All my expectations for the programme have been met and exceeded.

The international presence at the University of Leeds is great. The campus is well situated and Leeds is a beautiful place to live with lots of parks and places of interest to explore. I wish I didn’t have to return home so soon but I will certainly be back here for a PhD!