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Catch 22

I graduated as a mature student from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a BSc Hons (First Class) in Archaeological Science. After reading David Connolly?s Viewpoint on page 59 of Past Horizons Magazine, issue 13, I felt I had to contact him with my own and my fellow graduates? experiences of trying to acquire enough field training to be employable.

Many people, including some undergraduates studying archaeology, are under the impression that once you have a degree qualification you are employable as a field archaeologist. In practice, however, most commercial employers require a minimum of 3-6 months? on-site experience before they consider offering you a job. A clean driving licence and a CSCS card will put you further up the list. Unfortunately, most archaeology degrees only require you to do very little field work to pass, usually 2 weeks or less. Some do have modules which include work experience and field schools abroad (such as those at Sheffield), but these are not compulsory and can often clash with more academic modules which the student may wish to take, as in my case.

Now read on... and consider making some comments there.

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Catch 22 - by BAJR - 4th November 2010, 10:04 AM

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