posted on Feb, 18 2016 @ 07:21 AM
After reading a couple of very interesting threads about education and the value of degrees in the modern day, it really got me thinking about the
degree I have just started, and am I wasting my time doing the disciplines that I am doing in the UK.
My ultimate goal would be to be an archaeologist, but as a single mum working full time, at this moment, it would just not be feasible, so to pass
time while I am working towards that goal, I would like to teach secondary level, hence the need for a degree.
I am in the first year (Level 1) of an open degree with the Open University studying the Arts Past and Present (AA100-art history, classical studies,
English, history, music, philosophy and religious studies). I was originally planning to split the degree between Religious studies and Classical
Studies. The religious aspect as to what I would teach, and the Classical studies as a foot into the archaeological side (OU don't offer an exclusive
degree in Archaeology, Classics being the closest they recommend).
This degree, done part time will take 6 years. By then my little one will be 13 years old, a bit more independent, giving me time to take the next
step towards the Archaeology side of things, and maybe move towards a brick building Uni, rather to being restricted to distance learning online.
I know I've seen Byrd's posts and his amazing collection of degrees, and speciality in Egyptology, and I'm impressed, and jealous! But that is
America. UK is a tad smaller. Not so much going on.
I'm just at the point of having to choose my next module, and as it's an open degree, I can choose anything I want.
The question is, should I be sensible and choose something that might be useful in the future as a definite, but not necessarily enjoy it, or bite the
bullet and stick to my original plan.
Yes, it would be great to get into a job of my dreams, but is there really a call for it in the UK that anyone knows of?
Has anyone took this route and been successful?
Does anyone work in this field and know of any particular areas I should aim for specifically?
All advice will be greatly received.