BA Archaeology and MA Archaeology / Creative content producer, McCann Manchester
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After graduating I worked as a freelance graphic designer for the National Trust developing their digital media and marketing strategy in the Lake District. I now in the advertising and marketing industry, developing award-winning digital strategies, artwork and creative content for a range of international clients including American Airlines, Unilever, Aldi and Npower.
Why did you choose to study archaeology at Nottingham?
I switched to archaeology from a course in architecture a few months after starting university, which was one of the best decisions I ever made!
Which of the skills you gained studying archaeology have proved most useful subsequently?
The fantastic thing about archaeology is that it builds a range of experiences - from writing, researching, computer graphics and design, to IT skills, marketing and scientific analysis - to prepare you for any career path. During my degree I was able to practice illustration and learn graphic design thanks to various modules, the Digital Humanities Centre and the incredible resources available within the department. The ability to research new ideas and generate quick analysis, produce creative material, manage multiple deadlines and resources, liaise with clients and operate various applications all originated from my time studying archaeology at Nottingham.
What about outside of studying?
The flexible nature of the course enabled me to work as a graphic designer for the Students' Union, a design editor for two University magazines and also worked in the Digital Humanities Centre for two years, allowing me to utilise skills built from my degree.