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Archaeology advice for_university


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An hour long talk on getting ahead once you leave University and before!

Comedy, Laughs and serious help provided in equal measure. Recorded at the Edinburgh University Archaeology Society -

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  1. 1. Finding a Job in ArchaeologyGraduate OpportunitiesHow, Where and Why.
  2. 2. HOW ? • Playing to your strengths? Know what you want. • Remember the real world? Have you been in it? • Where will the jobs be? Where are the gaps? • Do you really want to be an archaeologist? BAJR Federation
  3. 3. BAJR FederationCVs A Good CV 1. Education – once you have your degree, you don’t need to cite every other exam result. 2. Archaeological Experience – Keep it up to date and relevant – listing employer, dates, site/project and periods. 3. Non Archaeological Work – If it is relevant – and ONLY THEN. 4. Publications – Have you written reports? Or contributed to a site publication? Any papers presented? 5. Other Information – For example, First Aid, Driving Licence etc. 6. Referees – A good reference is worth its weight in applications. 7. Tailor your CV – Think about the job you are applying for and make your relevant experience stand out.
  4. 4. BAJR FederationCOVERLetter 1. Personalise – A cover letter should say more than “Hey I saw your job ad, heres my CV.. Cheers mate” 2. Keep it short – It should quickly summarise your experience, why you are perfect for the job, but not be more than 1 page. 3. Think of this as your first interview – Some employers may only look at your cover letter – so think about what you say and check your SPELiNg. 4. Sending by post – Use a quality paper, fold it neatly and sign it clearly. 5. Sending by email – remember to attach the CV! And watch your email address - may count against you!
  5. 5. WHERE? (part one) Depends on what you are looking for. 1. Education/Research – - 2. Archaeological – BAJR – 3. Museum Work – Museum Jobs – 4. Heritage, Museum and Education – Uni of Leicester Jobs Desk - (USA)Vacaturebank Archeologie BAJR Federation(Nederlands)Archaeology Forum(Germany, France, UK)Underwater Archaeology &Maritime History (World)eCulturalResources (USA)
  6. 6. WHERE? (part two) Being active! 1. Contact Companies and Universities Nobody is looking for you – so go out and make yourself known 2. Volunteer This is controversial, but can be considered, in the right circumstance. 3. Keep you hand in Not only will you enjoy yourself – but you will become better known. 4. Don’t stop there Keep learning, and keep skills up to date. BAJR Federation
  7. 7. BAJR FederationOptions ? What jobs are there? 1. Contractors and Consultants 2. Local Government 3. National Organisations (National Trusts, Heritage Agencies, Forestry, Natural England) 4. University Departments 5. Specialist Companies (Osteological, Forensic, Geophysical etc) 6. Museums 7. Independant Where to find all these? ( ) Directory of Organisations
  8. 8. WHY ? Archaeology for the right reasons? 1. Get rich? Nice idea, but it is not going to happen. 2. Travelling? More options to see the world (check Past Horizons ) 3. Interest? It is certainly not dull…. BAJR Federation
  9. 9. What they don’t tell you…..Have you got a CSCS card?Joining the IfA – Who and Why?Can you be a bus pass archaeologist?I am an archaeologist with a degree!I can’t afford training or even the time to go on digs.I would prefer to go to Cyprus than work in Scotland!BAJR – you do what exactly?
  10. 10. Ready…..Get your CV ready - consider a Skill Passport or CPD logKnow your skills and join appropriate groups/societiesKeep in touch and communicate with colleaguesLook for opportunities - don’t wait for them to look for youEnjoy your Work but keep a plan B up your sleeve
  11. 11. If you enjoy what you do, you will never work anotherday in your life - Confucius BAJR Federation