Where did you graduate (and what in) and what are you doing now? (Location, Work, Specialities etc)
I graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 with a BSc in Archaeology and slightly worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a job in the field. However, I am very lucky to have been chosen for an IfA training placement in Heritage Management at the Brecon Beacons National Park. I am about half way through my placement and I’m learning a lot and loving it!
When you graduated were you looking for a career in archaeology?
My aim in life has always – well, since I got over my dinosaur obsession - been to do something in archaeology. I was never certain about the specifics; I loved fieldwork (I have 32 weeks experience so far), I had fun with research, I liked the idea of working in a Trust. Immediately after leaving University I volunteered at a fantastic excavation at Nevern Castle in Pembrokeshire. Shortly after that I got my first bit of paid excavation work at the Middleton Hall excavation at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. In August I had a great opportunity to work with an archaeology/arts/science collaborative called Guerilla Archaeology with whom I am still involved. September brought with it my first experience of commercial archaeology (and my gosh it hurts) on an amazing site in Cornwall and two days after returning home from this I started my current job. So I have been lucky that all my work since graduating has been archaeological in one form or another!
What has been the greatest success in your career so far?
Gosh, well my career hasn’t been that long so I’m not sure what to put here! I think getting my current placement has to be a high point in my career, but then again I suppose that it’s the only big step I’ve taken so far. I think that my greatest success within my placement so far is the blog I’m writing; as one of my placement’s learning goals I am investigating archaeology and heritage in social media and as such I have set up a blog to discuss the work I’ve been doing within my placement. It seems to be quite popular and has got a lot of information out to interested people.
Who's your favourite archaeologist?
Oh! Well… I’ve never even considered the answer to this question before, but the answer has got to be River Song, kick arse doctor of Archaeology that she is!
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