Geographia Polonica (2014) vol. 87, iss. 1

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Destinations of geography graduates on the labour market in Poland and other countries

Danuta Piróg

Geographia Polonica (2014) vol. 87, iss. 1, pp. 95-112
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.2014.6

Abstract

The objective of the article is to analyse the changes in labour market destinations of geography graduates in selected countries over the last 30 years. Moreover, the paper discusses the results of a Polish study on professional career plans of recent geography graduates and the fulfilment of these plans in 2012. It has been established that key professions in which a geography degree proves useful include: teachers, GIS specialists, and land use/environmental planners. Currently, Polish students would like to work mainly as specialists dealing with analysing and monitoring environmental changes, urban planners, spatial designers and teachers. Sadly, their expectations are hardly ever met and only students looking for teaching positions were most likely to succeed in their job seeking efforts.

Keywords: geographical studies, geography graduates, labour market, professional career, workplaces, first job

Danuta Piróg, Faculty of Geography Pedagogical University ofin Kraków, – Poland ul. Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Kraków