Careers in Commercial Archaeology- what you need to know!


 Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

I recently attended a fantastic session on careers in commercial archaeology delivered by Malin Holst and these are my top take away tips:

What does a commercial archaeologist do?

You work for an archaeological firm, which secures contracts from a range of clients including property developers, construction firms, public sector, energy companies, transport organisations. Work includes planning and undertaking excavations, cataloguing finds and liaising with heritage organisations. Find out more:

What kind of skills or qualifications do you need to become a commercial archaeologist?

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Working in art and law


384872_art_thoughts Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

If you’re passionate about Art and cultural history, becoming a curator is not your only career option! Combining your love of culture with an interest in Law or business could lead to a number of different careers.

Firstly Law, this is a niche area so you can’t train specifically as an “Art Lawyer” in the UK – it’s likely you would specialise in property, intellectual property, copyright or tax law and then work in a law firm which has art-related clients (like museums/galleries/private investors). A starting point for this could be to look at law firms affiliated with the Institute for Art and Law

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Careers fighting illegal antiquities trading- could you make a difference?….


As an archaeologist, you probably care deeply about researching and protecting the past- whether that’s through commercial archaeology– helping ensure building regulations are met; community archaeology – helping connect the public to the past and raising the profile and importance of heritage; or perhaps you’re interested in heritage protection in a more literal sense- working to either prevent, reclaim or prosecute those who profit from looting, stealing, forging or trading antiquities.

Other than becoming a vigilante, there are a number of career areas you could work in:

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CAREERS BLOG: Careers fighting illegal antiquities trading…


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

…could you make a difference?

As an archaeologist, you probably care deeply about researching and protecting the past- whether that’s through commercial archaeology– helping ensure building regulations are met; community archaeology– helping connect the public to the past and raising the profile and importance of heritage; or perhaps you’re interested in heritage protection in a more literal sense- working to either prevent, reclaim or prosecute those who profit from looting, stealing, forging or trading antiquities.

Other than becoming a vigilante, there are a number of career areas you could work in:

Restitution /Fraud investigation: private companies, government bodies, local and national law enforcement organisations help advise on crime prevention, investigate art crime and research restitution issues. Some examples:

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CAREERS BLOG: How a degree in Archaeology can lead to a life of crime….


UoY Careers Imagine the possibilities LARGE dark green Careers blog written by Kate Morris, Careers Consultant, Careers

No, I’m not talking about Archaeologists becoming master criminals and then using their digging skills to tunnel out of incarceration. I’m talking about the significant number of York Archaeology grads who are interested in careers related to crime, law and justice.

The top 3 crime related careers:

  1. Police Officer:

Using the advanced problem solving skills developed through data analysis and research, together with the adaptable communication and team work skills developed from working on digs, a career in the police can really appeal to Archaeologists who “want to make a difference”. You can apply for jobs directly with a specific police force or there’s a new graduate scheme to train as a police officer.

  1. Forensic Archaeology and Crime Scene Investigation:

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Working in…


UoY Careers Ladder illy If you’re interested in working in any of the following sectors:

  • Media, journalism & publishing
  • Arts & heritage
  • Environment & sustainability

you can’t afford to miss our Working in… event next week.

  • Date: Thursday 26 February
  • Time: 6.15pm – 8.30pm
  • Venue: Physics & Exhibition Centre.

The evening starts with three question & answer panels (running simultaneously), with professionals answering your questions on what it’s like to work in these sectors. Then you can grab a drink and chat informally with the panel members.

Many of the professionals attending are York alumni – so a great chance to discuss your next steps with someone who’s been in your shoes.

There’s no need to book, but it helps if you do – we can then order enough refreshments for everyone!

Check out further details, including who’s going to be there at Working in web page.

Arts and Humanities Careers Newsletter: win £4,000, talk to Careers staff, volunteering work experience


Departmental Careers Events: Weeks 2 – 5 (12 Jan – 6 Feb)

These events are specifically tailored to your department – don’t miss out!

  • Archaeology
    Careers drop-in for 1st years – Monday 12 Jan (Week 2), 2-3pm, K/155
    CV writing for archaeologists – Monday 26 Jan (Week 4), 4-5pm, K/133
  • English and Related Literature
    Careers drop-in for 1st years – Friday 16 Jan (Week 2), 1-2pm, F.R. Leavis Room
  • History
    Careers drop-in – Wednesday 28 Jan (Week 4), 11am-12, Vanbrugh 1st floor seating
  • History of Art
    Careers drop-in for 1st years – Mon. 19 Jan (Week 3), 11am -12, airport lounge (outside VN227)
    Marketing yourself to Arts & Heritage employers – Monday 2 Feb (Week 5), 9-10am, BS/005
  • Language and Linguistic Science
    Careers appointments – Tues. 13 Jan (Week 2), 10am-12.30pm, in Careers building
    Intro to Employability Tutorial – Mon. 2 Feb (Week 5), 10-11am, A/EW/004
    Intro to Employability Tutorial – Mon. 2 Feb (Week 5), 2-3pm, A/EW/004
    Intro to Employability Tutorial – Mon. 2 (Week 5) Feb, 5-6pm, A/EW/004
  • Philosophy
    What you need to know about careers NOW! for 1st years – Tues. 3-4pm, (Week 2) W/222
  • Careers drop in for 3rd year students Thursday 5 Feb (Week 5) SB/A/109 (Prof Peter Lamarque’s Office)

Full details of all events in Careers Gateway.

*Date for your diaryWorking in… Arts and Heritage, Media, Journalism and Publishing event, Thursday 26 February (Week 8)

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Careers in the Arts Snippets

  • New for 2015! Job hunting for Languages roles has been made easier with an update to Careers Gateway. Now you can select Languages & TEFL in Business area to quickly narrow down your search for suitable jobs. Login today and try it out
  • Career opportunities related to your History degree
  • Do you have what it takes to become a journalist?
  • Don’t miss our free Breaking News journalism workshop in Week 5 (booking opens Week 3 and places are limited!)
  • Music graduates are more employable than you might think!

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General Careers news

Win £4,000 with Careers’ competitions!
You could soon be putting a spring in your step with our exciting competitions this term. There’s a total of £4,000 to be won! The Freelance Challenge is a competition for all budding freelancers with a £1,000 top prize and then there’s the return of Plan ENVY, the University of York’s business plan competition which has £3,000 in prizes. If you’re struggling for ideas, come along to the first ENVY workshop on idea generation on Thursday 5 February (Week 5), 17:00 – 19:00 in P/T/005.

Local volunteering opportunities – apply now with York Students in Communities
Applications open Tuesday Week 2 (13 January) for volunteer roles across York via York Students in Communities. Search across our 5 areas of heritage, conservation, young people, public sector and causes to find the perfect role for you! Opportunities include: Block placements with Jorvik Viking Centre, Conservation with St Nicks, Team project with the National Railway Museum. See the full range and apply via York Students in Communities.

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