It’s official: I am an archaeologist!

Guess what? It’s official. I graduated. I got my diploma. (Well, not really – I got the paper that’s equivalent to it, I still have to wait for the diploma itself). Oh well.

Now, I passed all of my exams a while ago, and I even wrote my graduation paper, but it took months to finalize everything so I could graduate properly. So, it’s official now: I am an archaeologist. My diploma (that’s still not ready) is actually equivalent to Master’s degree, which means I can go straight to PhD studies. Naturally, I can’t afford those, so my only hope is, yes, to be one of a few lucky bastards who get to study for free.

There’s also a very, very unpleasant thing called job/connections hunt. I don’t know what to do about that. It’s scary beyond words. It’s so scary I sometimes think about emigrating. And I was never one of those people who were into that. So I don’t know what to do about it, really. I am shit scared when it comes to job hunt and all that surrounds it.

PS-On a sidenote, I got this writing excitement and I am so excited about writing again. My NaNo novel might not be anything special, but it feels so great to write again! It’s been a while. I really needed this. I’m at around 25 000 words now (which is half of what’s required) but I’m only 1/3 in my novel. I actually have to do my best to restrain myself. The style is supposed to be detached and dry, but I am so happy to write again that I feel like I’m 14 again…

21 thoughts on “It’s official: I am an archaeologist!

  1. zekjevets

    Yay! Congratulations!

    Now I know who to email when I need help with my Archaeo courses this university year ; )

    But in the meantime, use that diploma and pay the bills — I know you’ll find something!

  2. Mira Post author

    Thank you :)

    I was really sick of waiting for the diploma so I don’t really have any enthusiasm left for celebration. I am glad I graduated, though.

    Zek,
    Now I know who to email when I need help with my Archaeo courses this university year ; )

    You know my email! I’d be glad to help!

    But in the meantime, use that diploma and pay the bills — I know you’ll find something!

    I hope you’re right. You have no idea what we have to go through to find a semi-decent job here. Basically, most of it depends on connections your family (parents) have. Sometimes it depends on money (to bribe a few people). Only a little depends on your diploma or actual knowledge.

  3. Dr. Vagrant X

    Congratulations! I’m sure you’re already trying for the PhD next (lucky), and I know the job hunt is probably going to be a pain (I’ve got a BA and can’t do a thing, lol/smh), but, hey, you’ve got your Masters at least! That’s half the battle right there!

    Anyway, I’m throwing some good luck your way *Throws Luck*. :)

  4. Mira

    Thanks!

    I will try for the PhD, and if it fails, I’ll get a Masters degree in something else the next year (my childhood dream was astrophysics, but I am not sure if I could get that degree after archaeology). lol

    (I’ve got a BA and can’t do a thing, lol/smh)

    Wha… Really?

  5. Dr. Vagrant X

    lol. You might need to get a degree is physics first, or to take a few background classes, but it shouldn’t be impossible. You are good at math, right?

    Wha… Really?

    Yeah, BA’s in Anthro. get you nowhere in the States (unless you have connections), and getting into Graduate School so that you can do something is an absolute pain (especially when you’re a shy introvert like moi). Mais, c’est la vie, non?

  6. Vlajki

    Cestitam Miro ;)
    Zelim ti srecu u daljem radu i napretku.
    Ne znam koliko je ovo isplativ posao u Srbiji, ali je svakako originalan i zanimljiv, jednostavno nesvakidasnji.
    Zelim takodje da ti pohvalim blog i clanke, svidja mi se nacin pisanja i citam ono sto me zanima, dobra si :)
    Voleo bih da procitam knjigu, kad je napises i objavis.
    Pozdrav,
    Vlada.

  7. Mira Post author

    Hvala!

    Sto se tice isplativosti… Pa ima posla, nije da nema (ima vise nego sto mozda deluje na prvi pogled), ali znas kako to kod nas ide… Klanovi, veze i vezice… A ja ne znam nikoga iz tog sveta. Iskreno, vec se plasim sta cu za posao.

    Sto se tice knjige, za sada je to samo za NaNoWriMo, dobicu jedan primerak ali ona nece biti objavljena. Ali za razliku od vecine ljudi ovde, ti ces moci da je procitas, jer pisem na srpskom a ne na engleskom. (Iako se desava, pa, recimo u Americi).

    PS-Da li si ti onaj isti Vlada ciji sam link imala ovde, ali je sajt zatvoren?

  8. Mira Post author

    Dr. Vagrant X,

    I studied astrophysics for a while, but never graduated. I did pass a few exams. I just don’t know how much they ask for Masters courses.

    Yeah, BA’s in Anthro. get you nowhere in the States (unless you have connections)

    Another anthro? Great! :)

    You see, this is what I find surprising. In my culture, there’s this belief that connections are only needed here, and that in rest of the world (USA, for example) a degree is all you need.

  9. Vlajki

    Nazalost, to je tako u ovoj nasoj Srbijici, razumem te, znam po svom okruzenju.
    Htedoh da te pitam jel smem da ti sibnem po koji mejl da mi objasnis kako funkcionise NaNo, da li se mora pisati na engleskom i tako neke ostale trivijalne stvari?
    Jesam, taj sam, samo sto sam sad dosta zreliji i bolje funkcionisem na netu, blogovima. Mozes ukloniti i ovaj donji braon link-slicicu slobodno ;)
    Poz

  10. Mira Post author

    Htedoh da te pitam jel smem da ti sibnem po koji mejl da mi objasnis kako funkcionise NaNo, da li se mora pisati na engleskom i tako neke ostale trivijalne stvari?

    Moze, kako da ne. Mejl je: mira ET dzeflajon.net (u originalu, naravno). Imas i ovde kontakt formular koji mi direktno salje mail, ako ti je tako lakse:

    Kontakt

    ozes ukloniti i ovaj donji braon link-slicicu slobodno

    Jao… Ja sam potpuno zaboravila na to!

  11. Mariana

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!
    That’s an amazing feeling!

    The job hunting scare the hell out of me as well. This begining is so… dificult!

    You’re so lucky! I wish I could skip the Master degree studies. Next year I should start studing to try to get into the Master course…

    Congrats!!! =)

  12. Mira

    Thanks, Jasmin!

    Mariana,

    Skipping the Masters degree is due to new law in my country concerning faculties. They are trying to adjust our system to Europe and the rest of the world, but it’s not working the way it’s planned.

    In short, our faculty (university) education was always 4 years. It was more serious on all aspects than the Bachelor’s degree in the rest of the world. So all people who got this diploma (my generation was the last one), automatically get Masters degree (it’s equivalent to it).

    The problem is, it’s good only in my country, in a way you can automatically go to PhD studies or compete for a job with people with Masters degrees. But not abroad: they don’t see it as true Masters degree. That’s why many people opt to take Masters courses anyway.

    I’ll try to get to PhD studies. If I don’t succeed, I’ll go to another faculty and get a Master’s degree in a different field (not sure which one, though).

    Sorry for this long explanation… It’s really a chaos in my country when it comes to this.

  13. Dr. Vagrant X

    Mira,

    I studied astrophysics for a while, but never graduated. I did pass a few exams. I just don’t know how much they ask for Masters courses.

    Well I am not sure how it works according to your school system, but, in most cases, as long as you have enough classes to fulfill a Minor you can often get into a Master’s Program. Like I said, that’s how it works in the States, but I’m not sure that’s the case for you.

    In my culture, there’s this belief that connections are only needed here, and that in rest of the world (USA, for example) a degree is all you need.

    I wish that was the case! But, no, in the US is pretty much more about who you know than what you know. Of course if you’re one of the leading minds in your field of study that’s something else entirely. Barring that, however, a degree will get you nowhere unless you get it in a field where there is a desperate need for skilled workers (i.e.-Health care related professions, Nursing, etc.).

  14. Mira

    Dr. Vagrant X,

    It’s different here. Unless you pass all of your exams- every single one- you can’t do anything. That’s why I was considered to have only middle (high) school the whole time, even if the only thing I had left was a graduation paper in archaeology.

    I will do my best to inform myself of various Masters courses, should the PhD studies fail.

    Also, I guess people here have some stereotypes about America that are simply not true. It’s not surprising, though. Stereotypes are, sadly, really easy to form.

  15. Dr. Vagrant X

    It’s different here. Unless you pass all of your exams- every single one- you can’t do anything. That’s why I was considered to have only middle (high) school the whole time, even if the only thing I had left was a graduation paper in archaeology.

    Well that sucks…a lot. :P

    Also, I guess people here have some stereotypes about America that are simply not true. It’s not surprising, though. Stereotypes are, sadly, really easy to form.

    Indeed they are, indeed they are.

  16. Mira

    Anna,

    Thank you! To be honest, I am glad NaNo is here… It’s just what I needed in this moment.

    Dr. Vagrant X,

    Educational system in my country is very rigid/complicated when it comes to certain things. :(

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