Meet Charley

Charley's making the past her future by studying archaeology at UCLan.

Growing up it was my Grandad who made me excited about history and archaeology. Together we visited some of the world's most interesting places, from Stone Henge in the UK to Chichen Itza in Mexico.

I'd never considered it could become more than just an interest. When my friends were going off to uni, I took a different path and ended up working in an opticians. I soon realised I needed to make a big decision, stay where I was working or change things up and pursue a career doing what I loved.

I chose to study archaeology at UCLan, and I haven't looked back since.

Charley and her class get hands on experience in the archaeology lab.
Charley and her class get hands on experience in the archaeology lab.

When I was applying I was still a bit unsure if I was making the right decision. A member of the archaeology at UCLan called me and spoke about the course and the fieldwork opportunities you get. He was incredibly passionate and it made me confident I was doing the right thing.

After starting it was clear the whole team were just as passionate. The support provided has been amazing and they've always made time for me.

Outside the classroom I've had some great adventures on this course too. We've been on different trips including the Avebury Stone Circle, West Kennett Long Barrow and Stone Henge. It's great to see what we learn about in real life.

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Charley and her class visited the West Kennet Long Barrow.
Charley and her class visited the West Kennet Long Barrow.

One of the best parts of the course is the focus on employability as I was concerned before joining that it would be hard to find a job when I graduate. However, I've seen the great connection UCLan has with the commercial side of archaeology. Many graduates have gone straight into employment and I feel UCLan has prepared us well to do the same.

The four weeks work experience opportunities we get every year really contribute to us being career ready. We are given options of where we can work on dig sites, and become one of the team. It's a great opportunity to experience a real dig and to network with the archaeologists at the site.

There's a range of locations that even include California. I chose to stay in the UK and work at Orkney which is famous for it's Neolithic sites. After three days we discovered part of a wall, which although it might not sound it, was really exciting. It pushed us on to dig further and we ended up recovering human remains and tools as well.

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Charley visited Orkney's Ring of Brogdar.
Charley visited Orkney's Ring of Brogdar.

I'm loving every moment and have never looked back since deciding to study archaeology here. I'm even planning on doing a master's in archaeology, something that seemed impossible for me only a few years ago.

I'll graduate this summer and I hope my Grandad will be able to come along and see me start on the career path he inspired!

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