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Careers

Peter Ginn & Alex Langlands (Image courtesy of Lion Television)

The Institute was ranked first for the fourth year in a row in the Guardian Newspaper's University Guide 2015 League Table (published in June 2014) of 36 institutions teaching archaeology in the UK with a top score of 100/100 based on factors including student satisfaction with course, teaching and feedback, staff-student ratio and career after six months.

Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. The academic, laboratory and fieldwork components within the degrees offered by the Institute of Archaeology give graduates a real advantage in developing their careers. At the Institute we aim to give you the best experience throughout your degree, and the best start in your chosen career. 

Where Our Students Go: Career Paths Of Some Institute Graduates

  • County Archaeologist
  • Teacher Of Archaeology at a Secondary School
  • Assistant Curator of Antiquities
  • Head Of History at a Secondary School
  • Bone Specialist at a University Field Archaeology Unit
  • Educational Officer
  • Inspector, Local Antiquities Service, Greece
  • Artefact Specialist Within Archaeology Unit
  • Artefact Specialist Within University Research Project
  • Field Archaeologist
  • Finds Liaison Officer, Portable Antiquities Scheme
  • International Heritage Organisation Officer
  • Museum Conservator
  • Museum Curator
  • Researcher/Consultant in Exhibition Development
  • Forensic Specialist For Police Force
  • GIS & Mapping Technician, Local And National Heritage Organisations
  • Environmental Archaeologist, Commercial Field Unit
  • Geoarchaeologist, Commercial Field Unit
  • Freelance Zooarchaeologist
  • GIS Specialist, Egypt
  • National Parks Archaeologist, Usa
  • English Heritage Records Officer
  • Museum Front of House Officer
  • Exhibition Organiser, Science Museum
  • University Lecturer in Archaeology
  • Research Scholar
  • Oral History Recorder
  • Barrister’s Clerk
  • Business Partner
  • Traffic Analyst
  • Editorial Assistant
  • PA to Museum Director
  • Librarian
  • Quality Assurance Assistant
  • Auction Assistant
  • Estate Agent
  • Health Care Assistant
  • Computer Technician
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Civil Servant
  • Lawyer
  • Primary School Teacher

The University of London Careers Service

As a student of UCL (which is part of the University of London) you are given support and guidance from your first week as a fresher through to the day you graduate (and, you can join GradClub on leaving which means the support continues into your professional life) via the University of London Careers Service.

University College London Careers Service

In adddition, UCL has its own Careers Service which gives up to date information about jobs within UCL / Events and Recruiters and where to find further information on enhancing your skills both within and outside of academia. 

Institute of Archaeology Careers Facebook Page

The Institute has created a Facebook page to let students know of Careers events at the University of London and at UCL.  Please do feel free to sign up to the group for up-to-date careers information.  

Twitter

UCL and the University of London have Twitter feeds - which can be viewed whether or not you are registered on Twitter. The feeds provide current information on recruitment/careers events and workshops, the majority of which are free to students.

Careers Events at the Institute of Archaeology

Each year the Institute organises a 'Careers in Ruins' event at the Institute (open to both undergraduate and graduate students) at which professionals, the majority of whom are Institute alumni, are invited to talk to the students about how to get a job / further experience within the Heritage and Archaeology sector as well as exploring work in different spheres - such as Law, Business, the Civil Service, the Crown Service. 

Academic staff are also invited to speak about continuing in academia with information on masters courses (both at UCL and at other Universities) and further education as well as becoming a Lecturer in Archaeology or related subject area.  The annual 'A Career In Ruins' event was held at the Institute of Archaeology on 26 March 2014.  Graduate Careers Events for Masters and PhD students are also organised annually. Please contact Charlotte Frearson for details of future events. 

Making good careers in archaeology - Dominic Perring's presentation as part of a conference on Archaeology, pay and training has recently been published online by the Institute for Archaeologists.


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