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"Membership can act as a bench mark for your career enabling your colleagues to recognise the standards and experience that you have achieved to date."

John Davey RSci

Background

I have 20 years’ experience as a field archaeologist. I gained my PhD from the University of Bristol in 2004 and worked there as a part-time lecturer for 4 years. I have also worked for Dorset County Council Historic Environment Team and Somerset County Museum. I joined the University of Exeter in 2014 as Archaeological Technician and became the Archaeology Lab Manager in 2016.

Why I applied to be a Registered Scientist

To improve my employability and to gain professional recognition.

Benefits of Professional Registration

It was already a member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. However, my new role of lab manager at the University incorporates new skills and experience which is now reflected in my membership of the Institute for Science and Technology.

I try to keep a log of all relevant career development activities that I have undertaken on an excel spreadsheet as they happen. This includes teaching, demonstrating, outreach, attending conferences, training courses, voluntary work etc. The list then acts as an aide memoire when it comes to transfer my activities to the PPD log at the end of the year.

Conclusions and recommendations

Membership can act as a bench mark for your career enabling your colleagues to recognise the standards and experience that you have achieved to date. There is plenty of guidance given during the application process, everyone is very helpful and encouraging.