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I chose to do my course because it offered the opportunity to improve and expand my theoretical knowledge whilst obtaining valuable practical experience.
History Graduate

What attracted you to study at the University of Chester?

The History & Archaeology Department has excellent links with local organisations such as Chester Archaeology and this proved crucial in respect of gaining ‘hands on’ experience, particularly in relation to archaeological excavations.

I chose to study at Chester for two reasons. Firstly, Chester is the idyllic setting to study the past because the city itself is an area steeped in history and archaeological splendour. Secondly, the department offered an encouraging environment to work in and the city centre presented great nightlife in an appealing location.

Apart from academic knowledge, what other transferable skills did you gain?

My degree helped me to improve and develop a variety of skills such as research and analysis, interpretation and organisation of information and fieldwork techniques of identification, surveying, recording, excavation and sampling. The skills I learnt during my degree have proved to be invaluable in my current job and enhanced my proficiency at conducting presentations, marshaling an argument and working independently.

Did you do work based learning or volunteering? If so how did this contribute to your plans?

For my Work Based Learning placement I took part in a six week excavation project based at Grosvenor Park in the centre of Chester. The project was run by Chester Archaeology in conjunction with English Heritage and we were the first university students to be involved with the excavation. The experience was absolutely fantastic and not only enhanced my understanding of archaeological practice, but supported all the knowledge I had gained through lectures. The excavation has proved to be an essential aspect of my CV by illuminating my skills and experience section.

Did you use Careers & Employability? If so, how did this help you?

During my second year, I sought advice from Careers and Employability in relation to volunteer placements and as a result I managed to organise work placements at The Black Country Living Museum & Wolverhampton Archives during the summer months. Both of these placements proved fruitful and the valuable experience gained was put to good use during my job as a Warden at Buckingham Palace during summer 2008.

What are you doing now?

I currently work at RAF Shawbury as a Curator for a World War II heritage and educational charity called the Assault Glider Trust. My aim for the next couple of years is to continue to work within the history/heritage environment and complete a Masters programme alongside sampling work in America.