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Archaeology: Equipping you for the modern workplace. Welcome Dr. Louise Revell Archaeology admissions tutor [email protected] What can Archaeology offer?. What is an Archaeology degree?. The study of people in the past through their material remains.

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Welcome

Dr. Louise Revell

Archaeology admissions tutor

[email protected]

what is an archaeology degree
What is an Archaeology degree?

The study of people in the past through their material remains

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What is an Archaeology degree?

2 million years of human past

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What is an Archaeology degree?

Working in the field

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What is an Archaeology degree?

Working on primary materials

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What is an Archaeology degree?

Heritage, museums

and the presentation of the past

what kind of degree
What kind of degree?
  • Single honours Archaeology/Archaeological Science (BA/BSc)
  • Combined honours with
    • History
    • Geography
    • Anthropology
    • Classical Studies (including Ancient History)
    • Languages
myths about an archaeology degree
Myths about an Archaeology degree
  • Has someone told you that …
    • an Archaeology graduate can only work as a digger 
    • an Archaeology degree is only a vocational education 
    • an Archaeology graduate learns a narrower range of transferable skills than graduates in History and related subjects 
  • Then they are wrong!
what kind of career
Careers directly related to Archaeology:

digger

surveyor

conservator

finds specialist

project manager

heritage manager

museum curator

museum education officer

museum exhibitions officer

tourism officer

historic buildings inspector

conservation officer

What kind of career?
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What kind of career?

In 2002 there were 4,425 people working as ‘diggers’ and museum staff, professors, public administrators and business consultants.

Growth was predicted at 30% or more by 2008.

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What kind of career?

Build your job skills

  • Mix of science and arts
  • Practical and theoretical
  • Embedded in assessments
      • Teamwork
      • Critical thinking and problem solving
      • Preparing and presenting reports
      • Communication skills
      • IT skills
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What kind of career?

Graduate employers look for:

  • Flexibility, adaptability and the capacity to cope with & manage change (88%)
  • Self motivation and drive (88%)
  • Analytical ability and decision making (75%)
  • Communication and interpersonal skills (75%)
  • Teamworking ability and skills (63%)
  • Organisation, planning and prioritisation abilities (50%)

(HEA survey of graduate employers 2005)

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What kind of career?

Graduate perceptions of their employability

(Southampton Archaeology graduates 2007; scores out of 5)

Ability to work with others 4.5

Written communication skills 4.5

Problem solving & analytical skills 4.4

Ability to learn/research independently 4.5

Personal confidence 4.5

Overall employability 4.4

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What kind of career?

65% of vacancies advertised for graduates in the UK do not ask for specific degree subjects.

Jobs taken by Archaeology graduates include:

  • teaching
  • financial sector
  • armed forces
  • law

Head of the British Film Institute is a graduate of Southampton Archaeology

Managing director of Waitrose is an Archaeology graduate

what do you look for
What do you look for?
  • Interest in the past
  • Academic track record (offers are BBB/ABB or equivalent qualifications)
  • Study skills
  • Ability to think critically
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