An Epiphany

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?


7 Responses

  1. Pippa W 9th October 2012 / 7:53 am

    I'm glad you have a plan, I was actually thinking about you the other day when BB asked me a question and I thought you'd be the best person to answer it! I'll have to send it in on the back of a postcard!

  2. Muddling Along 9th October 2012 / 8:13 am

    Well done you – have been re-reading some of my career coaching stuff from when I went on maternity leave and was hit in the face with the fact that this is a short lull whilst we have small children and not the end of the world if we step to one side and re-evaluate<br /><br />You have great skills – your enthusiasm is infectious and you couldn&#39;t have got where you did in your career without

  3. Jen Walshaw 9th October 2012 / 8:59 am

    Great way to look at things. Remember life is a journey, not a destination. Make the most of everyday and do something that makes you smile everyday too

  4. liveotherwise 9th October 2012 / 9:02 am

    Good for you! Sometimes it is how we think about things that makes the difference.

  5. PantsWithNames 10th October 2012 / 9:46 am

    It&#39;s a great way to think of things and how I rationalise my lack of career to myself too. This is a phase and phase 3, the post baby phase, is out there in a couple of years time. Therefore, I need to enjoy phase 2, the baby phase, before it is gone. <br /><br />glad you are enjoying life at the moment. x

  6. Helen 10th October 2012 / 6:00 pm

    Glad you have a plan give the archaeology for kids website a go, I think that could work out really well for you and lead to some interesting opportunities.

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