1 February 2012
Final year students at the University of Bradford have benefited from first hand experience as an archaeologist gives advice on how to approach companies effectively to gain work in the industry.
Kirsten Holland, from award-winning multi-disciplinary consultancy, WYG, highlighted the facts about being an archaeologist to students studying in the ‘Division of Archaeological, Environmental and Geographical Sciences’ to help prepare them for life after they graduate.
Kirsten shared her archaeological experience covering areas of her role at WYG, how her degree helped prepare her for the world of work, further training and how the economic climate has affected the industry.
Kirsten Holland, Principal Archaeologist, WYG said: “It is important that students who will be graduating in the next few years understand the competitive industry they are entering. At the moment the economic situation means they need to get even more of an edge as possible to stand out.
“I graduated from Bradford University on the same course as the students attending the lecture so know first hand the route they will be taking. I also know from the 10 years I have been working in this industry how tough it is out there which, if someone had shared this information with me when I was due to graduate, would have been of great help when I was looking for a job.”
Rebecca Nicholls, a final year student on the BSc Archaeology degree said: “It was a really useful session, relevant and timely. Final year students are considering their career paths carefully and it was extremely important to hear what professional archaeologists look for when reading CVs and interviewing graduates.”
Kirsten has worked with WYG for over four years on projects ranging from windfarms and residential development to highways and commercial development. Recent projects include Wingates Moor Wind farm, Northumberland; Willington C CCGT Power Station, Derbyshire; Manchester City Football Club Academy and Beverley Southern Relief Road.