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Geography careers: Charity and not-for-profit

Geography careers: Charity and not-for-profit
23 Sep
Working to directly benefit others is one of the most rewarding career choices open to you, and when it comes to charitable enterprises, geography’s multi-disciplinary nature helps you see all angles...

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Dr Anjana Khatwa, Programme Manager for Learning

Jurassic Coast Trust

Degree: BSc Earth Science,

Kingston University

I have worked for 15 years at the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, developing and building learning programmes that help people of all ages understand why this is a very special place. Contrary to popular belief I am not always out on the coast every day gazing out to sea or looking for fossils! During a typical week, I spend time developing content for our media and communication channels. 

Geography and earth science underpin everything in how we manage our relationship with nature and evaluate the impact we have on the world around us. From plastic pollution to global climate strikes, if you have a background in geography you are empowering yourself to be equipped with the skills you will need for an uncertain future. 

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Krista Cartlidge, Executive Director

MYTime Young Carers 

Degree: BSc Geography, Loughborough University

After completing a BSc in geography at Loughborough University I undertook a PGCE in geography at the University of Leicester. I spent the next 13 years working in a variety of different schools across the UK. I was then offered the opportunity to lead MYTime Young Carers, a charity which provides support for young carers across the Dorset area. Young carers are children aged between 5 and 18 who provide care such as nursing, cooking, cleaning and emotional support for another member of their family who might be physically or mentally ill. Young carers can experience issues of loneliness, high rates of absence from school, stress and poor physical and mental health. At MYTime Young Carers we are working hard to help address these issues and to help empower these often invisible children, ensuring they can go on to lead happy and successful lives. As Executive Director it is my responsibility to lead the organisation and develop the charity’s strategic direction. I work closely with the board of trustees and ensure the charity is compliant with all laws.

Geography plays a key role in the work I do for the charity, it is particularly useful when applying for grants as it helps us as an organisation to understand the socio-economic needs of particular communities. It has also allowed us as an organisation to develop a clearer understanding of the challenges young carers might face depending on the area they live in. For example, our young carers in rural locations can find it much more difficult to engage with services provided by the local authority; we have been able to work with them to overcome these barriers.

My advice to students who would like to work in the charity sector is to spend time finding your passion. I loved my career in teaching; it is where I developed my unshakeable belief that no child’s destiny should be defined by their start in life. This belief is at the core of everything we are now doing as an organisation.

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