Transferable Skills

Why Archaeology?

In the past decade 39% of Archaeology graduates found employment in archaeology related fields (Archaeology Graduates of the Millennium survey).  But doing a degree in archaeology opens up a wide range of employment opportunities.  With a predicted decline in public funding and very few people staying in the same job for their working life, it is the transferable skills and adaptability that archaeology students excel at which will be their greatest strength. 

Few other subjects address the very wide breadth of skills and topics covered in an archaeology degree. These are some of the transferable skills that our students develop and which are of key concern to many employers:

  • Teamwork
  • Management skills
  • Ability to think laterally to solve a wide range of problems
  • Ability to work creatively in diverse situations with limited resources
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people including public engagement
  • Ability to adapt skills and knowledge base to new situations
  • Health, Safety and Risk awareness
  • IT skills
  • Attention to detail and ability to record relevant details
  • Numeracy and quantitative data handling
  • Literacy and ability to compile a structured report
  • Presentation skills (oral, written and image manipulation)
  • Reasoned argument
  • Budgeting
  • Timekeeping and forward planning
  • Sustained physical and mental work
  • Developing a positive attitude

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