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Archaeology Careers Day - Leicester
The Society for Medieval Archaeology Careers Day

Who are we?

[IMG]file:///C:/Users/User/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtml1/05/clip_image002.gif[/IMG]The Society for Medieval Archaeology (SMA) exists to further the study of the period from the 5th to the 16th century A.D. by publishing a journal of international standing dealing primarily with the archaeological evidence, and by other means such as by holding regular meetings and arranging conferences. While maintaining a special concern for the medieval archaeology of Britain and Ireland, the society seeks to support and advance the international study of this period (as broadly defined above) in Europe. It also aims to serve as a medium for co-ordinating the work of archaeologists with that of historians and scholars in any other discipline relevant to this field.
Members receive Medieval Archaeology, the Society's journal (published annually), together with a twice-yearly newsletter.
The Careers Day

On the 10th of November 2010 the Society will be hosting a careers day held at the University of Leicester. Following on from the success of the Careers Question Time session at the SMA Post Grad Colloquium in February, the Society decided to organise a day that will specifically discuss careers in the heritage sector during this difficult time. During the session in February, students raised concerns about several key issues that are troubling them, namely a lack of job opportunities and poor wages. Lively discussion about the situation ensued, and advice was offered by the panellists, who represented a wide cross-section of careers from the archaeological and historic profession.

The Careers Day in Leicester would like to open this discussion out further, and offer practical advice and support to students and recent graduates. This is will be achieved by running three sessions:
Session 1: Careers Question Time

This will follow the same format as the session in February. Like its name sake Question Time, a panel of experts will face questions put to it by the audience members. In this case it is professionals in the heritage sector facing questions from students, and will be chaired by the SMA Student Rep Jill Campbell. Students can either submit questions with the booking form or ask them on the day. Please visit the society website for a list, plus career biography of all those participating in this session.
Session 2: Personal Development

This section is designed so that students are able to have some one-to-one time with professionals in both the field they are interesting in pursuing, but also to get the opportunity to learn about careers within the discipline that they may never have considered. Academics, finds specialists, museums, historians, county and commercial archaeologists will all be present, alongside representatives from the IfA, English Heritage and BAJR who can discuss bursaries and other such opportunities. The University of Leicester Careers Service will also be present to discuss more practical issues such as writing covering letters, C.V.?s and getting work experience. There will also be stalls present for organisations and booksellers.
Session 3: Key Note Lecture ? Carenza Lewis, University of Cambridge

Title and abstract to follow


Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided on the day. Please could you let me know either via e-mail or on the booking form, if you have any specific dietary requirements.
Conference costs

Student members

Student members of the Society can attend the conference free of charge.

Are you a student but not a member of the Society for Medieval Archaeology? As a student you are very welcome to come along, but will be have to pay the conference registration fee of ?20. However, it is worth noting that on registration you can opt to join the Society for a cheaper price of ?15. This means you would gain entry to the careers day free of charge and receive the additional benefit of receiving the Society?s highly regarded annual journal Medieval Archaeology and our biannual newsletter.
Recent Graduates

Members of the Society who are recent graduates (graduated within the last 12 months) and are currently in employment, will be charged ?20. If you are a member of the Society and have graduated within the last 12 months and are currently unemployed, entry will be free.

Whilst the colloquium is aimed at our student members, we welcome anyone who wants to come along to do so. Non-students (members and non-members) will be charged ?20 for conference registration.
How to book your place

You can book your place at the careers day via one of two ways:

1) Fill in the form at the end of this and return by post & include a cheque for payment, where applicable (please make cheques payable to the Society for Medieval Archaeology)
2) Download this form from our Facebook site or website and email it to us at with CAREERS DAY in the subject header & send a cheque in the post

Sounds a lot more useful than the careers 'advice' that some universities give their undergraduates (me included).....:face-approve:
And with yours truly on the Panel as well.. shoot from the hip BAJR shoot from the hip }Smile
I am writing to inform you that the SMA Careers Day has been postponed until Spring next year.

The primary reason for this, is that the Higher Education rally in London has been arranged for the same day, and a number of students and panelists, wish to lend their support at this event. I wish to stress that the event has not been cancelled and will still be held in Leicester, but it will not be until Spring next year.

The Society feels very strongly about this issue, and supports the day entirely – it is just a case of unfortunate timing.

Ouch! I guess the horse must go before the cart. Speak out against cuts to perhaps support the future where there might be careers to be had in Archaeology.
we don't know what we don't know
Careers in archaeology !!!! nah then that would be something ................ dream on good people..dream on...
It's not a career, it's a predicament.

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