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Why Should I Become a Chartered Geographer? Dr Samantha Arnold BSc PhD CGeog of Imperial College London Is the Field Manager for the ESPRC-Funded DAPPLE (Dispersion of Air Pollution and Penetration into the Local Environment) Project. She Talks to Dr Sarah Jones, Professional Officer at the RGS-IBG, about Becoming a Chartered Geographer

Magazine article Geographical

Why Should I Become a Chartered Geographer? Dr Samantha Arnold BSc PhD CGeog of Imperial College London Is the Field Manager for the ESPRC-Funded DAPPLE (Dispersion of Air Pollution and Penetration into the Local Environment) Project. She Talks to Dr Sarah Jones, Professional Officer at the RGS-IBG, about Becoming a Chartered Geographer

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When did you become a chartered geographer? I applied shortly after it was introduced in 2002, after reading an article in fire Society's newsletter.

Why did you apply? In my job as project manager on DAPPLE, I interact with a variety of people from a number of backgrounds. Having chartered status gives me more confidence and puts me on a level playing field with other professionals. Of equal importance is the fact that it shows that I'm a practising professional geographer rather than someone who has simply completed a PhD at some stage in their career.

Why do you think the introduction of chartered status is important for geographers? Chartered status finally gives geographers an identity. It raises the profile of geography, which is crucial; we need more people in the public eye who have CGeog status. Geographers are often seen as people-friendly scientists and although they tend to be good at networking within geography, it's often more difficult to network in the wider scope of science. It would be great if geography was seen as a career equal to other professions.

How does chartered status benefit your work? I don't have to prove myself--it's done in five letters after my name. …

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