Your Profession, Your Future, Your Voice
This is the Group for anyone in the early stages of their career in archaeology, or for those who want to share their skills and experience with early career professionals. Are you excited (or worried!) about the journey ahead? Do you want a voice in shaping the profession? Then this is the Group for you!
The Early Careers Special Interest Group was founded as the New Generation Special Interest Group in 2012 following a series of discussions and debates by a group of Practitioner (PCIfA) grade members at the 2012 CIfA conference in Oxford. It became clear that there were many people within the Institute, in the early stages of their careers in archaeology, who wanted to be more involved with the Institute and play a greater role within the sector as a whole.
For several years, the name of the group was felt to be confusing and not representative of the scope of the group’s ambitions. After consultation, the name was changed to ‘Early Careers’ in 2020.
The Early Careers Special Interest Group (SIG) is a space for archaeologists in the early stages of their own career pathways to come together to support one another, share their experiences and amplify their own voices. Together, with the group’s committee, the group will work to ensure that our members are represented at Advisory Council and that the needs and concerns of early career professionals are heard. We also hope to provide a platform to share information and opportunities that will support early career professionals, students and those contemplating a career in archaeology and associated fields.
Who does the group represent?
The Early Careers Group aims to support those interested in a career in archaeology and those archaeologists in the early stages of their career working in all aspects of the sector.
Our aims are to:
- Explore, research and offer practical support and advice on pathways into the profession and career development; including encouraging mentoring.
- Highlight and showcase the contribution of early career archaeologists to the sector both in the present and in the future, online and at sector gatherings such as conferences, especially in providing show cases for members of this group.
- Increase the role and representation of early career archaeologists within CIfA.
- Engage and collaborate with other CIfA groups and with relevant outside agencies, such as Historic England and Council for British Archaeology.
Who can join the group?
Everyone is welcome to join the Early Careers Group but it is specifically relevant to those interested in a career in archaeology and those archaeologists in the early stages of their career working.
How to join the Group
Membership of the Early Careers Group is open to anyone who is interested in developing their own skills and career, or in sharing their wisdom, experience and skills with early career professionals. It is free to CIfA members- just
You can also use groups [at] archaeologists.net to get in touch with the committee.
Colin Forrestal (Chair)
Claire Corkill (Secretary)
Joanne Kirton (Treasurer)
Please note there are two vacancies for Ordinary Committee Members on this committee. If you are interested in working on the committee please give the Committee member role description (PDF) a read and return this cooption form to the office via post or groups [at] archaeologists.net.
You can view our constitution here (PDF)..
We are working on the group's upcoming three-year plan, starting 2021.
Business plan 16-19
- 10 things Diggers wished New Starters Knew... A factsheet in collaboration with Diggers Forum
- How to become an Archaeological specialist: Geoarchaeology with Dave Norcott (from Wessex Archaeology) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYKvY-AchJU
- How to become an Archaeological specialist: Environmental processing with Rebecca Nicholson (from Oxford Archaeology) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPkwbrsoJ3E
- Careers in Archaeobotany- the study of seeds, chaff and other macroscopic plant remains- with Ruth Pelling (from Historic England) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7cK-CId74s
- Careers in specialisation with Mike Allen (from Bournemouth University) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roFViRC7sEs
- One does not simply... become a finds specialist with Kayt Hawkins (from Surrey County Archaeological Unit) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o48lZIzQlt4&list=PLBjeGwwG0rtSRwTJ7gNRGU...