Life After Graduation: Diana Cowie

DEGREE: Bachelor of Arts with Honours (majoring in Archaeology and Palaeoanthropology).STUDY MODE: internal, and lived on campus at Duval College. Most subjects were internal with classes on campus. AT UNE: for four years with some Anthropology units taken via cross-institution study with the University of Southern Queensland during that time. GRADUATED: in 2010 (completed Honours in 2009).


What got you through your years of student life?

The friends and support I had within the college, and my passion for a fun and non-stressful career.

What valuable lesson/s have you learned from your student years?

How to be a diligent researcher, and an insight into the Australian consulting archaeology scene.

Did you change your degree at any point while studying?

No, I just added Honours when I discovered it would be essential to getting an archaeology job in Australia.

What is the most useless thing you learned as a student?

I can’t really remember — I’ve forgotten it was so useless. There is a lot of theoretical and information about specific stuff that was interesting but I won’t use today. I remember learning triangulation as a surveying tool but I have never used it since — we live in a digital age which makes life a lot easier.

Has your life and mindset changed since graduating?

Once you start working and earning a full-time income, it is difficult to go back to study. Your lifestyle changes, especially sleeping and waking habits, but the world beyond uni is exciting and interesting.

What are your words of wisdom to current students?

- Think about how you best learn: what subjects or information have I remembered the best and why? I found I remembered information best when I did something practical with it, such as making notes whilst listening, testing out the information, turning the concept into a mind-map or manipulating it in some visual way. Once you understand how you learn best, then you can try and shape the way you receive, learn and remember information.

- Apply for work experience at a local company one day a week during the term, or utilise your extensive holidays to do some work experience. It takes time and effort but pays dividends in helping your memory, expanding your skills, and making you more employable when it comes time to apply for jobs post-uni.

- Take the time to get to know your lecturers and take advantage of the small class sizes at UNE. It may open the door to some fabulous opportunities. The opportunities I had to work closely with lecturers, better equipped me than many other graduates for the workforce beyond and I have had many other invites and opportunities to work on exciting, interesting, international and Australian projects in archaeology and cultural heritage.

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