Thoughts #15: The Careers of Book Bloggers


So this Thoughts post, as you can see, is not a bookish discussion… but as I was thinking about the book blogging community, it got me wondering. I like reading about my fellow bloggers, not just their favourite books and series and characters, but the things they do outside of the blog. And what I’ve noticed is the wide range of careers, jobs and areas of study that the community covers. I mean, my blogging friends range from a pastry chef, to a preschool teacher, from a research scientist to a librarian and many more different careers and jobs. Sure, some of us work with books or are studying publishing – but many of us have nothing to do with it, career-wise.

I myself am aiming to become a museum curator, and today I wanted to talk a little about that – and I’d love to hear about your job or area of study! Tell me all about it in the comments section, feel free to use the following questions and adapt them to suit yourself.

What did you study at university?

I took my Bachelors in Ancient History and Archaeology, and graduated in 2012 from the University of Reading. From this September, I’ll be moving to the Netherlands to study a Masters degree in Archaeological Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of Leiden. Actually, I’ll be moving in mid-August, although term doesn’t start until 1st September. I’m scared and excited for this huge change!

Why have you decided on a career as a museum curator?

Ever since I was little, history (particularly ancient history) has fascinated me. It was always my favourite subject at school (along with German!) and it’s something I will never tire of. I lived in Bristol when I was younger, and spent many days at the amazing museum there. When I was making my choices for university, I saw that many universities offered Archaeology alongside Ancient History – and I thought it would be interesting to do both, so I would have something more practical to go with it. That’s one choice I definitely do not regret – as my experience with archaeology, excavations and museums has only confirmed that this is what I want to do with my life.

Share some stories relating to your job/area of study.

Between 2010 and 2012, I worked at Silchester every summer. Silchester is an Iron Age/Roman town on the Hampshire/Berkshire border in England, and my university does an excavation there every year. For three years running I worked as part of the ‘finds team’: cleaning everything that had been dug up, sorting, marking it and keeping a record, talking to visitors about finds, teaching fellow students. We lived and worked in the same field (the dig lasts six weeks each year), through boiling hot sunshine and torrential rain. Take a look at 2012…

Living in a tent for up to a month at a time was tough – especially when as soon as you clean yourself you’re muddy again, the only bathrooms around for miles are Portaloos and it WON’T STOP RAINING – but the work during the day was amazing and reminded me just why I absolutely love archaeology and everything to do with it.

Working on the finds team meant I got to clean off the finds, uncover and see for the first time what someone had held, or used, or eaten from, about two thousand years ago. Some of the pottery that was found was in such good condition that it was hard to believe it had been sat in the ground for that long. That is what I really love about this aspect of the job – being able to interact with objects that someone in the past owned and used. Here’s one of my favourite things from Silchester, and it’s something we bring out every year because the story is just wonderful:

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This is a tegula (flat Roman roof tile, as opposed to the curved one which is called an imbrex). Whoever made it obviously set it out to dry in the sun – and then someone walked all over it in their hobnailed boots. Not only that, but it was also trodden on by a fox (the paw print with claws extended) and a dog. Perhaps the dog was chasing the fox? And perhaps the hobnail-booted person was chasing the dog? Who knows. I just love that we have this one tile that has so many possibilities and stories behind it!

And you know what else I love?

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PUTTING POTS BACK TOGETHER! Occasionally we came across a whole pot, or close enough. Sometimes still intact (in which case I got to excavate the inside of the pot which was amazing), and sometimes in fragments, but enough to reconstruct the pot. The pot above is named Percy – because they all need names. They’d be stuck together with tape first, then glue when everything was in place.

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And this sight: cleaned and sorted finds trays. That’s a days worth of cleaning and marking – the number corresponds to the context (area and layer of the site) in which each artefact was found. They’re not just full of pottery – but animal bone, teeth, iron nails, hobnails, glass and more. All ‘small finds’ (rarer objects, not necessarily small in size! This also includes human bone) are kept separately and recorded in a log book. If you want to read more about the small finds at Silchester then take a look here – my favourite is the figurine of Harpocrates.

I’ve also done some volunteer work at a local museum, but I’ve had to stop that now due to work hours. Whilst I was there I made information sheets for various exhibits, created a hand-drawn booklet on the story of Perseus and Medusa (the illustrations were based on Greek red and black pottery) and held a ‘hands on’ finds session during the school holidays.

Obviously, working on this excavation was not exactly the same as working as a museum curator. However, the basic aspects (and the most important, to me) remain the same. Working with artefacts, presenting them in a way that is appealing to visitors, and constantly learning more and more about past civilisations.

Anything else you want to share with us?

Yeah. Look after the archaeology equipment guys, you never know what might happen!

I’m not sure where else in the world you can play Ultimate Frisbee in a Roman amphitheater (yes, really), throw raves in the same marquee that you eat dinner in, find tape measures a reasonable source of amusement, have a ‘fertility ritual’ performed by Morris dancers for you on your birthday, have a yearly pirate party where the locals and the archaeologists charge each other across the village green, receive a visit from Alex Kingston aka River Song (I WAS SO EXCITED) and live in your own dirt for longer than is normally socially acceptable.

Oh, and I won’t be missing this ‘bedroom’…

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What is your job or area of study? I want to know all about it, tell me in the comments! 🙂

If you want to read more about the Silchester town excavation, you can do so here.

I Dig Archaeology!

72 thoughts on “Thoughts #15: The Careers of Book Bloggers”

  1. LONG LIVE MUSEUMS and HISTORY! I love this post, you’re right, it’s terribly interesting getting to read about what book bloggers are into, be it careers or in their studies and so on. I love what you’re doing and I hope grad school is everything that you’ve hoped for and love!!!

  2. This post is FANTASTIC!!! I love History so your chosen career path sets my history loving self off into a frenzy! I definitely get it. Fantastic post!

    I studied English and History with a year abroad in Italy. My goal has always been to write books, but I also need to earn money. My goal was to get into publishing, but I somehow ended up working for an American Study Abroad College in London. While writing my books is my number one priority, I actually really love my job. I talk to the students about books and writing all the time, so I get a bit of that in there. Plus, I studied abroad myself – so it’s familiar! I won’t do it forever (I want to go travelling in the next year or two) but it’s great for where I am in life now!

    1. Thanks Natalie – I’m glad you’re a history fan too 😀

      Ooh, what a great choice, AND you got the year abroad, amazing! Whereabouts in Italy did you go? Your current job sounds pretty interesting, even if it wasn’t exactly what you aimed for. Although it’s temporary, I don’t think you’ve gone wrong if you end up with something you enjoy 😉

      Where do you hope to go travelling?

      1. I had a month in Siena and then the rest of the year in Bologna. It was amazing!

        Yeah, it’s a good job because I am learning a lot and I get to do a lot of cool things. I’m very lucky.

        I honestly want to travel EVERYWHERE. I am going to China later this year. I would LOVE to travel around South America…the rest of Asia…and my dream destination is New Zealand…

        Yeah, everywhere XD Do you have the travel bug?

      2. Oh lovely =) I’ve been to Siena, it was beautiful.

        Everywhere is good! I’d love to go to NZ too, back to Australia (lived there when I was five years old), Canada, various states of the USA (a road trip would be AMAZING and I’ve wanted to visit New Orleans for a while).

        Hopefully I’ll get a bit of travelling done next year: I know for sure I’ll be going to Belgium, also hopefully Germany. Depends on train prices and how much time I have, really!

  3. hahaha I love that last badge. Can’t go wrong with puns 😛

    Archaeology is so cool! I remember I wanted to be an archaeologist when I was younger because I used to watch all these documentaries about dinosaurs and ancient civilisations and stuff. And it’s so exciting that you get to go to the Netherlands to study 😀

    I’m actually a medical student 🙂 I’m in third year at the moment, and I have four years to go (total seven year course because I’m doing Honours as well). Got a looooooot of studying ahead…

    Also lol at Percy the pot.

    1. Haha it’s brilliant, right? 😉

      YAY! Except… we don’t do dinosaurs! *swats* That’s paleontology! Which I actually originally wanted to do as a kid… I loved gemstones and rocks and stuff.

      Oooh, I didn’t realise you were a medical student 😮 And you find time to blog, amazing! Best of luck, Nara 🙂

      And yes, my friend found him and she named him Percy after Percy Blakeney, the Scarlet Pimpernel 😀

    1. I do think it’s hard to make such big choices at that age – I just picked what felt right and something I knew I enjoyed, and luckily it turns out I am definitely happy for a career in it. I know plenty of people who have completely turned away from their degrees though =/

      What’s your favourite period of history? 🙂

      1. Ahh, I see =) It’s crazy if you look back and note how quickly some technologies or trends moved on and advanced.

  4. I have never been on for history, it is not that I don’t like it, it is just that I have never really studied it that much! 🙂

    It was really interesting looking at what you do outside of blogging and reading! It looks a job where you will never get bored because you are always finding something new! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    Alex @ The Shelf Diaries

    1. Ooh really? Did you not have to study it in school?

      Yes, I love learning it about fellow bloggers, and knowing what else they like APART from reading, so I can get to know them as well rounded people 🙂

  5. Museum curator! Fabulous! Actually, if I hadn’t decided on the career(s) I eventually went into, museum curator was the next thing on my list, butting up against art restorer. Both of which would have required a completely different series of subjects in my collegiate years, of course.

    1. Yay! 😀 I actually considered conservation (with objects, rather than art) first, but I need to have done qualifications in chemistry, or I could have done a chemistry course for conservation after university which would have cost quite a lot. But I’ve never been great with the sciences so I didn’t want to risk it really =/

      Can I ask what it is you do?

  6. Yay! Silchester love 🙂 Although I do not miss staying in a tent for weeks.
    I’m trying to get back into Archaeology but the Archaeologist won’t have me!

    1. Yay! No, I don’t miss the tent… but you had an amazing mattress that was like a proper bed! 😮

      Aww! 😦 Become a lawyer just for archaeologists! How is the course going?

      1. Haha yeah that bed was amazing 🙂

        Course is good, final year. And that’s what I’m attempting to do but I need a further degree in archaeology to be taken seriously by the lawyers. However the archaeologists I’ve spoken to just think ‘meh’. A year out is looking more and more likely…

  7. It is fascinating finding out what book bloggers do besides read. I knew you were headed for a career as a museum curator, but reading your responses above makes me wish I had put more thought into my future.

    I skipped University. I told my parents I wanted a job but I just didn’t want to leave my boyfriend…oh young love, lol. (That relationship didn’t even make it to what would’ve been the end of my first year.) I decided to get into financial planning, found myself a nice little job that would allow me to earn the required qualifications. The job was boring, and the exams were not what I expected. So I found another job. In the travel industry.
    It was there that I met my husband, and also that job that gave us the opportunity to move from the U.K. to the U.S. I’m still in travel (working accounting and marketing (an odd pairing, I know)), with a different company than where I started out, but after 10 years I’m beginning to wish that I had a better career plan all those years ago.

    1. I think many of us make decisions like that, so don’t feel alone! I actually made my university choices based on where my boyfriend was choosing. And then we ended up going to different universities anyway as I didn’t get high enough grades for our first choice. That relationship didn’t last even until the end of first year either 😉

      Do you enjoy working there? It looks like something good came of it at least! 😀 And it’s given you the exciting opportunity to relocate.

      What would you ideally like to do?

  8. I love that you want to be a museum curator! My mom was a curator of a small rural county museum when I was a kid, so we spent a lot of time playing around the museum while she worked. My best friend also studied museum studies (she does more the graphic design part), which I thought was an unexpected choice but one that totally made sense for her. Library science and museum studies are similar(ish) fields, so we can appreciate each other’s work.

    I guess I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m on track to be a professor at this point, I just can’t decide in which field I want to settle once I finish school. I’ll be qualified to be a professor of education, but I could also work in a library science department. I could also work in a women’s and gender studies department with my graduate certificate in women’s in gender studies. Too many degrees!! But I’ve got two years to decide, and I’m thinking the job market will play a huge role in the decision.

    1. Eeek, how exciting! The best place to play and grow up in ;D It’s true, they’re fields that are full of wonderful people who appreciate old and inanimate objects, and also silence =P I know that’s another job I’d be happy with.

      Ooh! I’d love to do a PhD, but becoming a professor is… how many years on top of that? I don’t even know how you go about becoming one actually. Those all sound like fascinating fields of study, and if you think you’d be happy with any of them then I definitely think that taking the job market into account would be a sensible decision =)

  9. You’re absolutely right about how interesting it is hearing about book bloggers lives outside of book blogging! I’ve found out so many interesting facts about some of my friend 🙂 I think that’s awesome that you want to be a museum curator! Definitely something a bit different!

    I’ve wanted to do everything! In school I was hoping to go onto college and eventually university to be a fitness instructor! A FITNESS INSTRUCTOR! I loved sports and that was the plan for years but I couldn’t take P.E at sixth form so that idea went down the drain. I couldn’t run for the bus now….

    1. Yes, I’m loving that people are replying with what they do ❤ Exactly what I wanted!

      Haha, whenever I say what I want to be or what I'm going to study/have studied, I always get 'how unusual!' or 'how fascinating!'. Though of course it's not at all unusual to me.

      Oh no! 😦 No P.E. at sixth form? That's rubbish! That's such a shame – is there nothing you can do about it now? Would it involve a sports science degree or something else?

  10. UM, I WANT YOUR LIFE!! 😀 I would love going through all of those historical artifacts! That sounds so amazing! I’m only troubled by sleeping in the tent, I’d want to rent a trailer and sleep in that! 🙂 I hope you’ll post lots on the move to the Netherlands – studying in another country would be a bit scary to me, but I’m sure it would be so exciting! I wish I had the opportunity when I was in college.

    Oh and I work as a research scientist- genetics stuff, though I don’t always understand all the aspects. But I find it interesting and it’s making me remember all that math I thought I never wanted to think about again. LOL

    1. Teeheehee 😀 Some people do take caravans every year, although they can’t hook up to any electricity or water. But it does mean you’re comfier and way more protected from the elements. Anyone with a caravan is immediately envied by everyone else…

      I hope I’ll post lots on studying in the Netherlands – just as Claire from Bitches with Books posts about her experience at Oxford (which as fascinating, especially as she’s doing a similar subject to what I’ll be doing).

      Yep, I sort of listed you at the top ;D Your job sounds fascinating to me too, even though I’m rubbish at science I’ve always thought doing research would be a pretty great job. Although in my case it would historical, obviously. I loved that video you posted from work the other day, with liquid nitrogen!

  11. Oh my goodness, this is so cool!! I have always adored archeologists but I don’t think I can ever have the kind of endurance it requires to become one. Your experience at the excavation site fascinates me so much. It must be a super rewarding experience for you 🙂 To tell you the truth, I’m not a huge fan of museums. I guess I just never find it interesting to stare at lines and lines of text under each artifacts. But I love listening to people tell stories, kinda like what you said about the tile. They are more alive to me that way, if that makes sense 😛

    1. I’m not planning to be a field archaeologist (i.e. do all the digging), which I think requires the most endurance! It was amazing there, although the horribly rainy summer in 2012 got me down a bit.

      If a museum has lines and lines of info then it’s doing it wrong! The information with the object should be basic, and the objects should be displayed in an interesting manner where they can all be seen easily. The museum I volunteered in had extra information to the side of each exhibit, and handouts as I mentioned before – meaning if you wanted to read more about something you could, but it wasn’t always right in your face.

  12. I always thought museum curating would be a fascinating career. . . I don’t think I even knew it was a proper career when I started college. I love getting to read a little bit about what you’ve done related to that!

    Right now I work as a program coordinator for a non-profit. I coordinate a youth-focused program(the rest of the non-profit focuses on housing & credit recovery for adults). It’s a job I knew I would only ever be in for a year(contracted), and my term ends in July. There were some parts I liked for sure, but it’s super stressful, so I won’t be too sad about that part! I’m the only person who works on this program at my office so it gets lonely sometimes–and also means I’m responsible for all aspects of it. It’s a lot for right position right out of college!

    1. Yes, luckily it is! 😀 And it’s a very competitive field…

      What sort of things does the program provide? It must be difficult to manage on your own! I can imagine it was quite a change going from college life to having that level of responsibility.

      What are you hoping to do after the contract is over?

  13. What an amazing job! I wish I had gone into this field. When I went to college right out of high school I was just trying to do what was easy and graduate. Now I would pick a totally different degree. I think you will love your job!!

  14. So interesting, I love how fascinated you are in Archaeology. All the best with your MA! I almost ended up doing an Archaeology degree (I was obsessed with Time Team) but once I completed my AS-Level in it I realised it wasn’t for me.

    I ended up doing my degree in Cultural and Historical Studies, which is what partly inspired my love of reading now. However, I work in a Marketing department, so I’m not sure how those two correlate, ha!

    1. Yes, I just absolutely love it 🙂 I never got the choice to do it at AS-Level. I have to admit, I’ve never been a massive watcher of Time Team 😮 I’m more interested in the other history programs. It’s funny seeing people you know on the show though!

      Was there any culture in particular you focused on? Do you enjoy your job despite it not being linked to your degree?

  15. This sounds all so fascinated! 😀 I’m someone who is interested in everything. I love learning things and I wish I could do it all, haha. It’s still very cool that you’re coming over to the Netherlands. And living in those tents for a month, wow, I can understand that it was tough and awesome at the same time.

    I’ve actually written a post about my career. If you are interested: 🙂

    1. Oh I understand that feeling! I love learning =) I’m totally happy writing essays and learning about stuff in my free time…

      Yes! Can’t wait to move there. I’m attempting to learn Dutch but I’m not sure how well it’s going. I find that, as with languages I’ve learnt, reading it is the easiest bit, and speaking is the scariest!

      Going to go and take a look at your post, thanks for sharing 😀

  16. Wild. My mom was an archeologist. She worked in N. Arizona and S. Utah back before I was born, rooting around in Native American sites. She can still pick out pot shards and arrowheads when hiking.
    I’ll share my own career choices next week, as I am in transition right now (more IT? less IT?). Things will be clearer on Monday. :d

    1. Oooh really?? I don’t know much about Native American history or archaeology. I think it’s the archaeologist’s curse to see things on the ground and immediately assume they’re something else. When me and my friends were at Silchester, we’d be walking to the pub in the evening (where else?) and every little pebble, rock and stone along the path looked like a piece of pottery, bone or something else.

      Looking forward to hearing about it on Monday then! =D

  17. Omg wow this is so cool! You’re a museum curator?! Alright to be honest, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was until I Googled it but now that I know, it’s seriously a cool job. I don’t think I’d be brave enough to become a museum curator. I’m still in school right now but I think I want to be a teacher. It’s something I’ve always loved and it’s safe!

    1. I’m not a museum curator, but that’s what I want to be =) My Masters will train me for it. I’ve volunteered at a local museum and worked on an archaeological dig for several summers.

      Yes, there’s always a need for teachers! What would you like to teach in particular?

  18. How fun that you’ve got to do hands-on work doing what you love and that you’re going to graduate school! I went to college for TV production, but realized halfway through I wasn’t actually interested enough in it to pursue a career in it (though I did enjoy certain aspects of it), graduated with the major anyway, and have been vying for any sort of create career since then but sadly am just working in an office. So I write as much as I can (since it’s what I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do but sadly ignored for many years) and keep my eyes open for a better job opportunity.

    Sometimes I think about going back to school but haven’t really run across anything that will work yet, but maybe one day. And even though writing is what I want to do most, I also have a deep interest in psychology and dabble in the idea of getting a degree in that (I did minor in it), but since I don’t want to be a counselor I’m not 100% sure what I would do with it.

    Good luck with your graduate studies!

    1. Well I hope your degree will help you out soon – the job market can be very frustrating. Do you enjoy your current job though? It’s good to hear that you’re keeping up the writing =D

      Have you looked at part time courses? (assuming they offer those in the US) Psychology is a fascinating field, that would definitely be exciting to study.

      Thank you! =)

      1. No, unfortunately I don’t care for it much. It could be a lot worse, but it’s a long commute and not very interesting.

        I haven’t done much research on the matter lately, but I know I could go part-time. The biggest challenge with doing psychology though is I would have to take undergraduate classes too to make up for deficiencies and be a “pending” candidate for graduate school, so if I was going that route, I would probably want to actually go full time, so it would take like ten years to get a degree, ha. At least, that’s the way it as the local university, which is the most cost efficient option, and they have a good program for it too. I don’t think I’ll actually end up doing that, since really writing is more important to me, but I flirt with the notion from time to time.

      2. That’s a shame 😦

        Oh gosh, it’s probably not worth going part-time then! I guess with something like that, you really have to sit down and figure whether it’s DEFINITELY what you want to do – because you don’t want to get a few years into it and then think ‘Do I really want to do this?’. Hope you work things out 🙂

  19. WOW! You do amazing things! I wish I could borrow your life for a little bit to experience some of that. I did my bachelor’s in Psychology and English and I’m three years into my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I see clients, do assessments, and read a lot of research. Many of my stories are confidential, but I can say that I’ve come across a lot of amazing people who are still trucking despite really awful past circumstances. It gives you perspective. I hope to work as a therapist or program director in the prison system when I graduate, because the mental health care there is awful, even though many prisoner have mental health issues and would stay out of prison much longer with actual treatment.

    I’d also like to publish some novels, but we’ll see. 😉

    Awesome feature!


    1. Hehe =) I’d love to go on to do a PhD. That sounds really fascinating! It must be quite a difficult job at times though, I imagine. Do you ever find that other people’s stories get to you, in a way?

      Oh gosh, that’s terrible. It sounds like you’ll be working for an excellent cause. That’s really admirable!

      Good luck with writing 🙂

  20. Your job sounds fantastic! Really fun. I love history and thought for a long time to make it part of my career – but there aren’t many opportunities in South Africa. So I’m a medical student now, final year. I don’t blog just about books though. Once I don’t have exams anymore I actually am hoping to blog MORE about books.

    1. It’s not my job yet, I’ve just done some work on excavations and volunteer work – but I’m aiming for it! That’s what my studies from the end of this year will be for 🙂

      Ooh – what particular field are you hoping to go into? General practitioner, emergency department etc? Or a specialism? I can imagine it takes up a lot of your time!

  21. Great post! I studied PR, Advertising and Communication and Uni and have stayed pretty much close to home so far (in little old Northern Ireland). I work in an Engineering company as a – wait for it – HSQE and Marketing Manager, which basically means I look after a LOT of internal and external communications including policy, procedure, training, business planning and ethics etc. My love of reading and writing has definitely been influential in my career as I do a lot of both every single day! R x

      1. There’s soo much, I’m lucky that I love what I do. The biggest thing for me is that we’re a small-ish company (around 80 employees) and we’re based in quite a small country, so I love that I can directly see the results of the initiatives I help to implement, the things that I do shape the future of the company, and that’s pretty awesome 🙂

      2. Brilliant 🙂 It’s nicer working for a smaller place too, because then you can get to know everyone. That’s wonderful that you can see the results!

  22. Your career sounds so interesting. I majored in finance and worked in a bank for a few years, but I always knew my heart was in the restaurant industry. I’m now a restaurant manager with the goal of owning my own restaurant someday.

    1. Oh, I can imagine that would be a stressful job but VERY rewarding! Is there a particular theme or cuisine you’d want for your restaurant?

  23. This is so cool, Rinn! I really love learning about ancient history in school, too (I especially like learning about the ancient Egyptians and Geeks, mostly because of the mythology)… It’s just so fun learning about the past and all that came before the world today. I hope you reach your dream and become a museum curator– I’m sure that you will be a brilliant one with all that passion you have 😀

    Oh, and that tegula :O I’m already making up stories in my head! What if the dog and the fox were partners in crime? Dun dun dun!

    1. Isn’t the mythology amaaaaazing? When I had the chance to do a module on it in second year, I naturally had to take it. I have so many books on ancient Greek and Roman religion ❤

      Aww, thank you Lesley! I really hope so too.

      I'm just imagining the guy who made the tile all fuming and red in the face and stamping his feet, as the fox, dog and man all run over it in turn! xD

  24. This is such an interesting post. Your words scream so much passion and love you have for archaeology. Goodluck for your study in Netherlands, Rinn! 🙂

    I’m currently studying English Lit for my undergraduate study (no minor, the education system in my country is a bit different than in US/Europe), but I have a passion for psychology. I think I’m going to take Psychology for my bachelor’s degree. As for careers, I actually want to work in the publishing industry, either as an editor or proofreader. I think I’m still in a phase where I’m still deciding about what I actually want to do in life…. Did you experience this stage at your early twenties, Rinn? It’s fascinating for me to see how people could decide what they want to do in life so easily, I wish I could be more like them!

    1. I’m glad it appears that way 😀

      We don’t have minors here in the UK either. You can do combined degrees which is what I did, but most people just do the one subject.

      I still think a job in publishing would be fascinating, so I totally get why you’re interested 😀 I actually went for a couple of interviews at a publishing house (it was for history and archaeology books, funnily enough) – apparently I’m a good proofreader, although sometimes my posts suggest otherwise =P What sort of publishers would you go for? Fiction, non-fiction? Adult or childrens?

      Hmm well I’m actually twenty-three so I’m still in my early twenties! I actually had that stage just before university, when I was seventeen/eighteen. For a while I wanted to do graphic design but studying it at school kind of killed all interest. Then I considered German for a job in translation and decided I wasn’t confident enough in my German to do that. So I thought I’ve always loved ancient history, let’s do that! Aaaand that’s how I ended up like this 😛

  25. What an interesting career! I never thought about being a museum curator but for a while I really wished I could do something related to ancient Egypt. I adore the mythology and the history (which says something, because I’m not usually a history buff). I even took a class on reading ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics (eeeeks).

    I’ve known that I wanted to be a web designer/developer for a while now, but I don’t think I ever thought I’d be a freelancer. I always saw myself working for a company in a 9-5 job. Turns out, that is soooo not for me. Now that I’m almost done with university (digital arts degree, which was totally useless for me), I’m working on officially setting up shop as a self employed web developer. I’m loooving it! I’m even coding my own accounting program, haha.

    1. I was totally obsessed with Egypt when I was about eight or nine. Then when we did a school project on it when I was eleven I was the biggest nerd ever and did LOADS of extra work cos I loved it so much 😉 It is fascinating. But hieroglyphics – gosh I can imagine that was challenging! Luckily I’ve read everything in translation haha…

      You definitely have the skills for that, Ashley! I’m so impressed by all your work (and totally jealous of your knowledge). I wish you the best of luck, I’m sure you won’t have any troubles in that field 😀

  26. What an absolutely fascinating college experience you’ve had! I think being a museum curator would be really fulfilling.

    I studied English and Japanese at school, but my post-college career isn’t related to either field of study. I’m a bookkeeper– weird, right? I have a love/hate relationship with my job. There are some projects that are really interesting, and it’s pretty stable. Buuuuut, bookkeeping isn’t where my heart is. I’m still trying to figure that part out though.

    1. Yes, I really loved it – can’t wait to go and study again 🙂

      Ooh, that certainly is different! At least you enjoy some elements of it. Are you completely undecided on what you want to do, or do you have a couple of ideas?

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