Emma B.

Viking-Age Archaeologist & Nalbinding Mastercraftsman
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About me

Emma B.
Archaeology
EARLY MEDIEVAL & VIKING
Taught Postgraduate
Wentworth
2012
United Kingdom

My employment

Viking-Age Archaeologist & Nalbinding Mastercraftsman
Self employed
United Kingdom
Tourism, leisure and hospitality
Small business (0-49 employees)
2013

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A day in the life of a Viking-Age Archaeologist & Nalbinding Mastercraftsman in the United Kingdom

I was always a quick learner, inspired by archaeology and history, but didn't necessarily agree with the system that it all revolved in. So I decided to make my own path.

Briefly describe the organisation you work for

In November 2020, I came out of the Commercial Archaeology sector and decided to run my own heritage business full-time.

What do you do?

I'm the Mastercraftsman and Nalbinding Specialist at Nidavellnir which is my Viking-Age Heritage Craft Shop

Reflecting upon your past employment and education, what led you to your current career choice?

I was always a quick learner, inspired by archaeology and history, but didn't necessarily agree with the system that it all revolved in. So I decided to make my own path.

Is your current job sector different from what you thought you would enter when you graduated?

Yes and No, same industry, still heritage related and I conduct independent research. Just I'm my own boss now.

Describe your most memorable day at work

Being told by a Nalbinding student that I had genuinely made a massive difference to their lives, by providing a historical versatile outlet for them to express themselves.

Are there any challenges associated with your job?

Being financially stable, is the never ending challenge of being self employed

What’s your work environment and culture like?

I choose my work environments, so clients I work with tend to be very professional and cooperative

What extracurricular activities did you undertake at university and what transferable skills did you develop through these?

I worked part time whilst doing my masters part time. Enabled me to develop two skill sets at the same time.

What would you like to do next with your career?

Earn a stable living from my specialisms

What top tips do you have for York students preparing for today’s job market and life after graduation?

Keep applying, be persistent. If no one sees your worth, forge your own path

What topics from students are you happy to answer questions on?

Archaeology
Commercial Archaeology
Heritage
Tourism
ENGAGEMENT
TEACHING

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