At 10:49 07/05/2003 +0100, Stephanie wrote:
>Re : the discusion about people leaving the profession and taking up
>accountancy (eek!) - to prove it happens the other way as well...
>I have a law degree and am qualified as a company secretary,
I too am a chartered secretary (ACIS) with a marketing qualification (DipM)
and an English degree with a focus on Old and Middle English, IE philology,
Old Icelandic and Folklife Studies.
>seven years banging my head in the public sector, and then three more
>banging my head against different (accountancy) walls in the private
I worked for an American multinational which thought that complying with
Danish/Slovenian/South African company law was optional and that all
problems could be solved by having Rumsfeld send the bombers over
Copenhagan/Ljubliana/Johannesburg to bomb the authorities into submission.
>I decided to go for it, and will be starting my MSc in
>Archaeology in September.
Frankly I'd *love* to do a higher degree but cannot, for personal reasons,
afford to take a year or two out from my career nor to take time off during
the working day to attend lectures etc during normal working hours. I'm
waiting for postgrad courses in subjects of interest to be fully available
by DL but I don't seem much evidence of it yet. If the OU could manage it
30-odd years ago, where are the rest of the pack? (Partly rhetorical question)
>The summary of this rant is that people leave professions and new people
>join them later on in life. In particular, older (i.e. over the age of
>30) people seem to join archaeology, whether as amateurs or going back
>and retraining. Perhaps this is actually good because you have an influx
>of people who have other skills to bring to the profession - for example
>administration skills, IT skills, site management skills etc. The
>personal plus side to this is that if the archaeology work dries up, you
>have other skills to fall back on, or to sub your income ("Company
>Incorporations 'R'us" in my case!).
And in the meantime those high level admin skills could be put to good use
in the heritage or environmental charity sector if such a body needs them.
I currently act as a trustee/director to a Christian housing charity but
would have put the same skills to use in an archaeological or wildlife
trust had I been approached at the time.