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9th-Feb-2010 05:10 pm
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Apparently, my undergrad alma mater is writing something to profile the Archaeology Museum and I've been suggested to them it.

I hold no overriding hatred of my former academic haunts (any of them), but it does seem rather bizarre to me that they, well, want me.

Sure, I enjoyed studying archaeology, but to be honest, studying archaeology on an undergraduate level is like studying anything else on an undergraduate level: unless you do a practical diploma (like a nursing license or teaching certificate or accountancy accreditation, etc), you're probably not going to be able to take what you did in class and translate it directly into a career. Your mileage may vary.
But, I'm telling you from experience, you can't do anything that will enable to you get a decent living with a BA in archaeology.

Does that mean I think it shouldn't be studied? Well, no. It's interesting. It's engaging. It makes history, in the words of that lovely cliche, come alive. Just realize that you're not going to become Indiana Jones, y'know what I'm saying? They didn't show the hours and hours of writing and editing that I'm sure Dr. Jones did to get where he was academically. Cause I don't care how many golden idols you bring you, that won't get you through a viva.

I can't possible say to the interviewer what I'm sure he wants to hear. Ah well, if they don't use the interview, it's really no skin off my nose.

EDIT: OH HEY. Graph Jam today is very appropriate.

funny graphs and charts
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9th-Feb-2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
That graph is missing my statistic: "Is Stuffed in a Box in the Garage (Man I Hope it's Still in That Box)."
9th-Feb-2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Ahh, I'm the other way around- Did a hotel and catering management degree- got me a job, but is generally considered less impressive than an 'academic' degree. Which, incidentally annoys me when people refer to my degree as non academic or practical. Yes, it was very practical, but I did among other things do economics, law, accountancy, HR, marketing, nutrition oh and gastronomy as part of it too. Sorry, small rant! Oh and that's not to say I don't agree with you about studying a subject that's not going become your career in case you thought I was arguing with you!
9th-Feb-2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, no, I totally agree.

I think it's sneering and patronising that people say things like that about vocational degrees. I mean really, if what you want to do is eventually run a B&B, why bother getting a degree in underwater basket weaving. Makes better sense to take culinary courses or work getting experience or, if you just really feel the need to stay and pay to keep going in academia, get a masters in business administration.

Degrees =/= smarts
Type of degree =/= type of smarts

Also! Argh, I had to do maths, psychology, etc to get my undergrad. It made me a more well rounded person, but no job. :)

I just think it would be better if the world at large valued people for what they're good at, not the letters behind their name. Ah, well.
9th-Feb-2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Not that you want to run a B&B. I just have it in mind...cause I kindof do one day. :D
10th-Feb-2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Yes, at the time my ambition was to be a hotel manager or have my own restaurant and I knew I wanted to be in the catering/hospitality industry since I was about 14. Even if I was brighter I wouldn't have done an 'academic' degree. Anyway, I walked straight into a graduate job with an international hotel group when I had finshed so it was boo sucks to all those sneerers!
10th-Feb-2010 09:48 am (UTC)
My BSc certificate is currently hiding behind a spoofed training certificate made by Jayne to certify that I'm "really really lovely" - much more important :)
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