The other day I something along the lines of an almost total epiphany. This doesn’t happen to me all that often, probably because I’m always wiping some small child’s snot off my jumper. However, this particular morning I was struck dumb with the realisation that in actual fact all this time the thing which I have been searching for has in fact been looking me directly in the face.
Ive written before about not knowing what to do with my life in terms of career/job future. I have pondered and prevaricated about doing a PGCE, a law conversion course, a garden design course. I have trained and am working as a childminder alongside doing social media, PR and writing work. The fact of the matter though is that at the end of the day I am an archaeologist. It’s something I have wanted to be since I was seven, I have three degrees in archaeology/ related fields. I am qualified to do archaeology and I do enjoy it. What have I been thinking! Well, I know what has been at the back of my mind, the fact there is no job security, no careers as such, very little jobs and low pay. Oh well.
What is my plan then? I have decided to say to myself that as with all things child related, I am currently in a phase. This phase is the one of looking after my family and little Ned whilst he is tiny. Slightly longer plan I intend to work part time to earn some cash doing what I am doing and use the cash I am earning to pay for the childcare to volunteer for an archaeological unit/ museum. I also have my long term archaeology for kids website to work on. I have seen several jobs I am well qualified for, however I simply can’t afford to do them, the salaries don’t cover the costs of the childcare required. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place for the next few years, I see that, there is simply nothing I can do, I can’t afford to work. However, I can be useful and put my hard earned skills to good use. I am also going to resurrect my research work because that’s something I can do in my own time.
Since I came to this conclusion I must say that I feel much better about things, I have a goal to aim for which is manageable. It’s amazing the impact that a little bit of clarity can have. Anyone want any archaeology lectures, weekend excavations or simply a chat about archaeological matters?