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Archaeology

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From field work and heritage to education and finance, an archaeology degree will equip you with skills that can open up a range of opportunities. Learn more about your options and how we can support you on your journey.

Studying this degree not only qualifies you to pursue professional archaeology, but as many graduates have discovered, it equips you with a very broad range of skills that can take you into many other professional fields.

If you decide not to pursue archaeology, it is important to assess your transferable skills and consider your wider interests and motivations in order to come to conclusions about your next steps after graduation. Archaeology, and many alternative careers, will require relevant experience and possibly another professional qualification, so it is important to think ahead.

 

What skills have I gained?

Subject related skills include:

  • application of theoretical and scientific principles and concepts to archaeological problems
  • field work, post-excavation and laboratory techniques
  • application of statistical and numerical techniques to process
  • archaeological data
  • interpretation of spatial data


An archaeology graduate will also typically have the following skills:

  • interpersonal skills and experience of teamwork gained through fieldwork and practical projects
  • numerical, IT and analytical skills
  • ability to assess, evaluate and present evidence and new information
  • presentation skills
  • attention to detail

It is important that you can talk about these skills on application forms and in interviews.

Range of careers

It is common for graduates to develop their subject knowledge and skills further if they wish to pursue a career in archaeology by taking a masters or PhD.

Nottingham students in the past few years have also gone on to do relevant masters courses in order to
enter related career fields. Examples include:

  • museum studies
  • heritage management
  • geographical information systems

A small proportion have gone on to take professional training courses in law, advertising, human resources
and teacher training.

Outside of professional archaeology, recent graduates have gone into:

  • education
  • local authorities
  • the Civil Service
  • administration in the education sector
  • the arts
  • museums and heritage
  • finance
  • hospitality
  • retail
  • recruitment
  • film production.

Roles have included: media production runner, human resource manager, recruitment consultant, finance officer, account manager, museum assistant, teaching assistant and retail assistant.

Types of Jobs - explore roles and sectors

 

Stepping stones

It is true to say that many graduates of archaeology (and other subjects) take some time building their career through a series of roles to get to a specific career where they want to be or even to decide what job suits them.

This could be due to a variety of reasons for example:  the sector they want to enter requires an entry-level position (for example: heritage, media roles and publishing) or they are saving up to fund a postgraduate course or travel and therefore their first destination is a stop gap.

Building skills and experience

Developing skills outside your degree course will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. Some examples are listed below.

Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop your employability. With over more than 300 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Advice from Nottingham alumni

With our eMentoring programme, you can receive invaluable support via email from an alumnus while considering your career options. Choose a mentor in the career area that interests you and get a real insight into the sector.

eMentoring

Enhance your digital skills

Digital skills are essential in many career fields including advertising, publishing, marketing and general commerce. They range from social media to coding and will definitely enhance your employability.

More about digital industries

Students' Union

The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.

Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!

Students' Union

Students in Classrooms

There are three initiatives which will give you the opportunity to work in a local educational setting.  These initiatives support the academic attainment and raise the aspirations of primary and secondary pupils, whilst developing the skills and employability of those involved. 

These are excellent opportunities for students considering teaching, youth work or community engagement as a career.

Students in Classrooms

Exchanges programmes overseas

Undertake an exchange semester in another country and broaden your horizons. Talk to your tutors and find out more about the programmes available from the International Office.

Exchange programmes

Psychometric tests

Many graduate recruiters use psychometric tests during the recruitment and selection process.They are common across all sectors and career fields. Practise will really help your performance.

Use our example tests

 

Sources of further information

 

 

Careers and Employability Service

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