After University: Graduate Pathways from ACE (Week 3)


Posted on: 1 May 2020 by Kristian Boote in 2020 posts


Palaeoanthropology MSc and Evolutionary Anthropology PhD graduate Dr Shelley Farrar Stoakes
Palaeoanthropology MSc and Evolutionary Anthropology PhD graduate Dr Shelley Farrar Stoakes.

In the third part of our series, we got in touch with Palaeoanthropology MSc and Evolutionary Anthropology PhD graduate, Dr Shelley Farrar Stoakes.

Dr Stoakes completed her Palaeoanthropology MSc with us in 2014, progressing on to complete a PhD in Evolutionary Anthrpology 2018. She is now a Senior Science writer at Notch Communications, and has shared with us her graduate career pathway...

Can you tell us a little bit about your role at Notch Communications?

"As a Senior Science Writer at Notch Communications, my role involves developing both digital and print content, including technical articles, blogs and press releases to support our clients’ marketing strategies. My company often works with spin-off companies from universities and my time at the University of Liverpool provided me with useful insight into the process of transferring from academia into industry."
 
How did your degrees from the University of Liverpool help you get to where you are today?
 
"My interests have always been split between science, the arts, and humanities. I have always enjoyed writing, but it was during my degrees at Liverpool that I developed the self-discipline required to pursue this career in science communications! My time at the University of Liverpool provided me with useful insight into the process of transferring from academia to industry, and my degrees provided me with really important transferable skills, strong presentation and communication capabilities, and the ability to successfully mentor others from lecturing and teaching lab groups."
 
What would be your tips for current students, and those thinking of studying Archaeology, Classics or Egyptology? 

"My top tip for students would be to make the most out of your time at university by getting involved in extra-curricular and voluntary opportunities – employers look for experience. Also, build your networks within and beyond the university as they can be useful later in your career."

In the final part of our series, we'll hear from our fourth graduate about their career pathway from Archaeology BSc and MSc, to Programme Co-Ordinator at green-energy intiatives company, Salix Finance. 


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