Just need some guidance (new)
Post ID#20822 - replied 12/14/2016 10:53 AM
Post ID#20826 - replied 12/21/2016 5:38 PM
If you are looking into getting some field experience and techniques quickly look into volunteering with US Forest Service Passport In Time projects.
Good luck and enjoy the new career path.
Post ID#20827 - replied 1/11/2017 6:12 PM
First, find a mentor in the field. The advice I received from my mentor was to start going to conferences, network ALOT, and volunteer. The networking is hard to start, but once you get the ball rolling you'll find it starts to just happen.
I was a history major for undergrad, and have had a lot of catching up to do.
Try to work with professors on their papers, learn GIS!!!, volunteer for any nearby lab hours, see if professors are conducting any local digs as pet projects. Create your own internships if you have to. I will say, its a lot of work on top of regular school work, so be careful not to burn out. At the very least see if there are any living history museums that you might be able to get a job at as an interpreter.
If you are applying for the fall, see if you can get a field school lined up in the late spring or early summer so that you might be able to show you are already one step ahead.
Also there is a pretty large and growing social media presence in historical preservation and archaeology (particularly on Instagram). That might provide a good place to see what others are doing, make quick and dirty connections, and show what you have to offer as your experience grows.
Goodluck on your adventure! And do not let talk of jobs being hard to find get you down or deter you.
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