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Students and parents always ask ‘what can I do with a qualification in geography?’ If you are looking for some inspiration then have a read of our careers case study focus. This edition features a Captain Anthony Gleave who recently graduated from Loughborough University with a first class degree in geography.
I am currently serving in the Royal Engineers as a Captain. My last post before starting my geography degree at Loughborough University was a Battle Group Engineer. This job relied heavily on a geographical thought process, the analytical skills that are gained from studying a careful balance of human and physical geography would have assisted me in a deeper understanding of my role. My main daily tasks were to analyse the ground where the enemy were working and try to find reasons they were using the physical terrain whilst looking at a detailed make-up of the human geography in the area to ascertain what social factors were working in the favour of the enemy. From this information I would then plan routes around the enemy strongholds for our convoys to ensure safe passage. As well as this I would also plan possible attack routes into the enemy utilising the make-up of the physical terrain to our advantage. Another use of the information is to disrupt the enemy in their own war against the British, we could use the information to close routes by blowing up bridges or digging trenches to make the enemy drive into our check-points so we would gain the advantage on them.
I also work as an underwater engineer as a diver, one of my tasks in Helmand Province was to complete a river bottom survey on the Helmand River to work out how much water was moving through the river at different times. This information was then used as a tool by local government and DFID (Department for International Development) to provide the Helmand River Basin Plan - this was a plan that ensured all the farmers would get the correct amount of water required to irrigate their crops without going short due to over-use up stream.
The degree has been a massive enlightenment to me, I am now much more confident in analysing different types of data and coming up with an evidence based analysis to formulate an argument. Upon graduating from Loughborough with a first class degree I have since been posted to 101 (City of London) Engineer Regiment (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) where I work as a second-in-command and will soon become a bomb disposal officer.