How to Succeed in Business with a Degree in Geography

May 18, 2014 at 12:42 pm  •  Posted in Business, Geography by  •  4 Comments

I was contacted this morning by Dr. James Chan, a successful entrepreneur who parlayed a PhD in Geography into a career advising corporate clients on how to enter the Chinese market. Dr. Chan recently wrote a very nice article for the UCSB Department of Geography entitled How to Succeed in Business with a Degree in Geography.

If you are considering a private sector career, even if you have no background in geography, I would read the article as a terrific example of the best possible career skill to acquire and cultivate: adaptability.



  1. BThomas / May 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm / Reply

    A very inspiring story. Thanks for posting the link. What job titles should an inspired geography student look for to start the journey in the business world?

    • Justin / May 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm / Reply

      Good question. But there are too many to list. The key is to look for an industry/organization where an understanding of location is essential. Real estate, international business, consumer marketing, regional planning, etc. The title doesn’t matter but try to find a position where you get to help analyze locations and, if possible, work directly with paying customers. Best, Justin

    • James Chan / June 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm / Reply

      Don’t focus on job titles. The company or industry that makes you feel honestly excited is the one you want. Finding the right “job” is the same as finding your calling or love. Your heart is your bearing. Only you will know it.

  2. Mannie / October 28, 2016 at 8:56 pm / Reply

    Hi Justin,
    Dr. James Chan article is not available online.
    Do you manage to save the contexts and share it with us?


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