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Why employers value Archaeology graduates

Thinking about and understanding the skills or competencies you have developed from your Cambridge Degree is a crucial aspect to career planning. You will find useful information via the Cambridge Skills Portal.

Employers tell us that they are looking for candidates that can show that they have the following skills:

  • Willingness to learn
  • Self-motivation and desire to achieve
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills (oral and written)
  • Rapid identification of key issues
  • Problem solving
  • Initiative and creativity
  • Time management producing work to deadlines
  • Research and investigative ability

An Archaeology Graduate will have all of these and more. You may look at your experiences and think there aren't many transferable skills in spending a vacation on a dig. Think of the experience from a skills perspective rather than the content of what you did and you could find that you developed skills in teamwork, eye for detail, analysing, presenting, reporting, budgeting, managing others, finding solutions to interesting problems, cultural understanding (depending on where the dig was) and more than likely many others.

Through studying Archaeology you can:

  • Absorb and retain complex information and identify key issues
  • Sift, select relevant information and think logically
  • Express ideas clearly through essay writing and discussion
  • Use imagination and creativity
  • Develop a critical approach
  • Develop a disciplined approach to problem solving
  • Develop investigative, analytical and critical evaluation skills
  • Understand and take a sensitive approach to different cultures and beliefs
  • Show a real curiosity in people and world cultures

You may also have acquired other skills through extra-curricular activities or vacation experiences:

  • Persuading and negotiating (through a committee or team position)
  • Fundraising and handling finances generally
  • Co-operation and initiative (setting up societies or developing one)
  • Organisation: social events, sporting activities etc
  • Creativity: directing plays, musical involvement
  • IT competence: web design, graphics etc