It’s been a year since I’ve found an archaeology job. For better or worse this has given me a lot of time to think, reflect, and introspect. I’ve finally been able to put into words something that’s been bothering me for a long while. Out of the 6 jobs that I worked in only 2 of them did I feel useful, like I was doing good archaeology, and not stressed to my breaking point. In all other jobs I felt nearly worthless, or worse yet, like I was a burden to my crew. The 2 jobs that I felt useful in were with 2 companies and both were in the same state. So when archaeology comes back into the Midwest region I’m going to try a bit of an experiment and limit my applying to only those 2 companies and see if my mental and emotional health while in the field will be better for it. Until then, personal training and part time work are going to be my bread and butter.
Life post-uni is definitely not working out as I had planned. But that’s life and we just have to adapt and trudge ever onward.