Monday, June 04, 2012

Is there a future in studying the past?

Is this the time to pursue a course in archaeology? The word from the field that reaches the Current Archaeology offices is that graduates are disillusioned with their prospects: jobs are scarce, competition is fierce and projects are poorly funded. What's the point?

Archaeology is a fascinating and diverse subject that is hugely enjoyable to study, and can lead on to a multitude of employment opportunities both within the discipline and beyond. There is an increasing pressure on students to choose a course at university that will lead directly into work, yet there is so much more to university life and education than simply establishing a foothold in the job market.  Study should be creative and stimulating; so, choose a subject you find absorbing and fulfilling, not merely a means to a pay-packet.