How to become a globemaker: Eddy's story

Meet Eddy, 25, and find out about life as an apprentice globemaker at Bellerby & Co Globemakers in London. Part of our Bitesize world of work series.

My job combines my passion for travel with my creativity.

  • Eddy is learning to make beautiful globes by hand
  • He is training as an apprentice after finding his employer on Instagram
  • The subjects that have come in very useful in Eddy's career are Maths, because as globemakers they need to calculate the circumference of a sphere, and of course Geography, for understanding where everything in the world is
  • Eddy has to work carefully to position continents, oceans and cities on each globe he creates.

Eddy's career path

What to expect if you want to be a globemaker

Eddy's globemaking company is quite unique but he's learning skills that apply to the world of cartography - this is the study and practice of making maps.

  • Cartographer salary: From £18,000 to £45,000 per year
  • Cartographer working hours: Average 37 hours per week

What qualifications do you need to be a globemaker?

  • Typical route: Usually a degree in a related subject like Earth Sciences, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Geography or Topographic Science. Other subjects that may be useful include Graphic Design, and Computer Science. You may also be able to get into this role by starting out as an apprentice/trainee technician.

This information is a guide (sources: LMI for All, National Careers Service)

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