Classical & Archaeological studies students go onto a wide range of careers, so here at Kent we try to provide a wide variety of careers and employability support and guidance, including many opportunities to gain practical experience of your chosen field. There are a number of modules specifically designed to give you practical experience, broading your skillset for your CV, as well as modules to give you direct experience of the working environment.
Possible careers include archaeology, the heritage industry, museums, business, journalism, Civil Service, computing, media, librarianship, teaching, further academic study, general ‘arts degree’ employment requiring literacy and versatility. In recent years, our graduates have found jobs in these ares and many others have gone on to do further academic study, including such areas as Egyptology, Maritime Archaeology, as well as further study in Classical and Archaeological studies.
During your degree you learn key transferable skills, such as thinking critically, expressing yourself clearly and logically, problem-solving and teamwork – are all highly valued by employers. Our programmes are designed to encourage you in the development of these skills, which will serve you well whatever career you choose.
Classical Studies and Ancient History in the Classroom
This Stage 3 module provides you with the opportunity to combine an academic course with work experience, so you can also gain credits towards your degree. You will be placed at a secondary school which will give you an insight into a teaching career option.
Placements in a school environment will enhance your employability opportunities as you will acquire a range of skills. When recruiting new graduates, employers look for additional assets graduates have gained and that are of value to their organisation. They also look for evidence of skills and experiences that make you different from other graduate applicants.
By undertaking this module you will:
- Develop a range of skills including work related skills demanded by graduate employers
- Improve your confidence levels
- Develop your employability
Enrol on the module as normal, but final admission will be via informal interviews during the spring term. Please contact Yadira Ross (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as you sign up as places are limited.
Museums and heritage internship modules
These are 15 credit modules available to Stage 2 students. There are two modules that run on alternate years:
These two distinct modules are aimed at both those who wish to study either Museum Studies or Cultural Heritage Studies as an academic subject, and those who might wish to obtain employment in these sectors. They are composed of class-based seminars, run during the autumn term, to introduce students to the main literature in the field of museum studies or heritage studies and allow them to become familiar with and learn about the main and fundamental theories, issues and practices in these fields. These seminars have been devised to give students the tools to prepare themselves to their internship. The second component of this module is an internship experience, undertaken in the second term, in either an heritage organisation or a museum, which will enhance students’ employability and improve their CV.
Please contact Sophia Labadi, email: S.Labadi@kent.ac.uk for further information as spaces are limited.
Fieldwork practice module
Volunteering opportunities that allow you to develop practical skills are very important in our subject area. Kent offers students the chance to gain experience in excavation, survey or museum studies. Students enrolled on this module are usually supported by a SECL Archaeological Fieldwork bursary.
With lots of locations on offer, students who have no prior experience of fieldwork will likely be assigned a project in the UK, whilst more experienced students may be offered a place on an excavation abroad. Skills and experience gained range from efficient manual digging and artefact washing to site and find drawing or photography and the completing of record sheets.