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Career Pathways

Our graduates go on to a variety of jobs and opportunities using the skills and experience they've gained on our courses. They go onto make a real difference, helping to bring about the changes our society needs to create a more sustainable future.

Our postgraduate courses provide a flexible and hands-on teaching approach which allow students to develop the knowledge, skills and networks needed to work towards a sustainable future and create positive solutions to climate change.

To date over 2000 people have completed postgraduate awards at CAT. Students have gone on to make a real difference through a wide variety of careers and experiences, from architecture and energy management to environmental policy and land management.

Current CAT students and graduates also work across government, industry, charities and academia, with many running their own businesses or setting them up after they graduate.

Innovative businesses

Over 50 businesses and projects have been formed as a result of interactions and inspiration at CAT, with many of them developing from the community of students and alumni.

Examples include community energy innovator Repowering London, sustainable building materials specialists Adaptavate, Pamphilon Architects, hemp building specialists UK Hempcrete and renewable energy pioneers Dulas Engineering and Cambridge Solar.

Students have also set up charities and community social enterprises including Building Together, a design and build community interest company that designs buildings or structures for communities or organisations, using the members of that community to build.

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Graduate Employers

CAT has regular contact with employers in the sustainability industry who are looking for employees with the knowledge and skills that CAT provides. We keep students and graduates up to date with opportunities from employers through our social networking platforms.

Graduates who have also set up their own businesses or are currently working in the sector also provide students and graduates with career opportunities.

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Experts in their fields

Students join our postgraduate courses from a range of different backgrounds, with some already working in the sustainability industry or having experience working within community energy projects, ecological studies, climate action, sustainable building events and more.

This provides students with a broad understanding of a variety of careers and shows how they can apply their studies to their chosen fields. Many graduates also return to guest lecture at CAT as experts in their fields which provides invaluable networking and learning opportunities to current students.

Graduate Profiles

Read more about the backgrounds and variety of careers chosen by our current students and graduates by clicking through to their profiles.

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Julian Mills

2013 CAT Graduate

Julian is a CAT graduate who graduated in 2013 with a Professional Diploma in sustainable architecture. He is the founding director of a small architectural studio in Cornwall specialising in sustainable architecture called STUDIO/gather. The team at STUDIO/gather is specifically made up of all CAT alumni who have all gravitated to work at a practice with an ethos of touching the earth lightly and the team is also growing to include more designers and technicians to focus on sustainable architecture principles and to design with a purpose.


Want to find out more about our postgraduate courses and the opportunities they offer? Join an Open Day to find out more and to talk to current students and staff from the Graduate School or get in touch with our team for more information.