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'Chester provided me with academic confidence in my own ideas as well as discussing my passions and carrying out independent research.'

What are you doing now (and what was your route there, since graduating, if applicable)?

Currently I am studying MSc in Osteoarchaeology at The University of Sheffield, focusing on animal remains but also human remains.  My BA in Archaeology provided me with the base knowledge for elements of my current course, particularly the third year human remains module. Additionally my bachelor’s degree introduced me to academic study and discussion within specialist departments relating to archaeology, which is now necessary within my master’s degree.

Why did you choose to study archaeology / study at Chester?

The University of Chester offered a balanced course in archaeology which I could mould to my own interests and passions. For me this was within Mesolithic archaeology and human remains. The staff within the archaeology department have time for your ideas and are passionate about discussing topics you are interested in, which was clear from the open day I attended. Also, with the year group being small there is plenty of opportunities for one to one meetings with staff. The course itself had a balance of theory and practical, and the four week work placement in second year establishes commercial archaeology job skills.

What did you enjoy about your degree or what was your favourite thing about it?

The practicality of the degree having laboratory sessions and outdoor classes, for me, was the best aspect of the course. Having the opportunity to discover your own passions and develop archaeological skills provided me with confidence in the career I wanted to pursue. Being able to be around like minded people provided the space to discuss archaeological topics as well as academic topics outside of archaeology.

How do you think your degree has helped you in your current job?

My degree in archaeology confirmed for me where I wanted to go next in academia and what I desired to specialise in. It provided me with the base knowledge for my current course in Osteoarchaeology and gave me the confidence and skills to develop my academic writing and discussions.

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

Workshops provided in lecture times by careers and employability worked on solidifying the skills I have learnt throughout my degree not just academically in relation to journal style writing, presenting ideas and discussing topics in a debate format. But also in the practical side of archaeology, such as surveying, budgeting and IT skills. These could then be transferred onto a C.V which helped when applying for jobs in both the archaeological field and retail.