Topic ID #25400 - posted 12/8/2012 6:25 AM

Recent masters graduate in professional archaeology seeking heritage/archaeology work


As a recent graduate from Queens University Belfast, with a master’s degree in Professional archaeology, I have gained a significant amount of practical experience in the field throughout my degree programme.  The part time work I have undertaken whilst studying has allowed me to develop a variety of valuable skills such as; the importance of team work, working with the public and delivering targets. 

During the practical elements of my degree I have gained relevant experience in areas such as archaeological excavation and fieldwork, topographical, geophysical and building survey.  This has allowed me to feel competent not only in the field but in the analysis and research involved with the projects undertaken. 

I am keen to secure a position within the Archaeology and Heritage sector, where I feel I can bring an inherent work ethic, enthusiasm for the subject and a desire to develop and improve my current skills. 


The Queen’s University Belfast (2008-2012)

MSc Professional Archaeology (December 2012)
BSc Archaeology and Palaeoecology  2.1 (July 2011)

The Wallace High School  (2001-2008)

Completion of A-level examinations (August 2008) 
Business Studies

Completion of GCSE examinations (August 2006) 


DISPENSER (July 2007 –Present)
Boot the Chemist Ltd (Nottingham, England)

I have been employed by Boots pharmacy for over five years, in that time i feel i have achieved and developed a great deal from my original job role as a customer assistant to my present role of dispenser.  the job role has allowed me to improve my organisational skills, confidence in dealing with the public and professionalism when dealing with both patients and healthcare professionals.

My daily tasks would include;

Day to day running and organisation of a busy dispensary.
Dispense and endorsing prescriptions.
Deliver legendary customer service.
Work within a team to achieve weekly, monthly and annual targets.
Liaise with Doctors, Dental practitioners and other healthcare professionals.
Work to detailed operating procedures in order to ensure patient safety.


Throughout my degree I have consistently worked alongside the members of the research facility at Queens University, known as the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork, as a result I feel I have gained valuable experience from professionals working on important research projects throughout Northern Ireland . 

As a Queens University student I took part in a six week excavation at Dunluce Castle, County Antrim, which consisted of several trenches both adjacent to and inside the castle.  I found this to be a very interesting project, where I became familiar with archaeological techniques, recording, team work  and health and safety on site.

I have gained valuable experience conducting Topographical survey, Building survey and Geophysical survey, with the use of magnetometers and electrical resistance meters.  I have become familiar with the equipment particularly during my master’s programme. 
The surveys were conducted in a variety of different locations  throughout Northern Ireland, including; Saul abbey, County Down, Inishmacsaint island, County Fermanagh and the region of Lecale, County Down. 

In addition to the archaeological survey experience in the field, the research required me to use a variety of software applications in order to input and analyze the data collected and conduct the appropriate research.    

Undertaking a masters dissertation has allowed me to combine practical and organizational skills along with independent study and research using a variety of data sources.    


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