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Career Change to Archaeology

Sureyya's Journey, Part 1


Systems Operator

Systems Operator

Ikhlasul Amal
A career change is always difficult, no matter what career you choose or what age you are when you set out to make a change. Twenty-two year-old I.T. sysop Sureyya Kose has decided to change careers from Information Technology to Archaeology. In a series of occasional articles called Sureyya's Journey, she describes her struggles to follow her dream. In this first part, Sureyya discusses how she came to that momentous decision.

Sureyya’s Journey

Hi, my name is Sureyya Kose, and I've decided to change my career from Information Technology to that of Archaeology. I'm 22 years old and am currently working in a pretty cushy I.T. company. I'm a Systems Operator. It's taken me a few years since I left high school to get this position. And without a degree, it's like an entry position to the Industry, but if I keep going and studying, I can obtain a lucrative position in this company, and rise up, establishing for myself a great package, benefits and even prestige, more so than I have now. But all I did when I was at University studying for my computer engineering degree was skip lectures, go to the library and watch documentaries on ancient civilizations.

At work, the lights are usually off during the graveyard shift, and the illumination off the computer screen is the only light allowing me to see the pages of the new book I've bought, on what most think is one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century: the Dead Sea Scrolls. I'm not supposed to be reading about ancient scrolls and civilizations, or even 'great historic finds'. I'm supposed to be monitoring systems, making sure no processes or backups fail... but instead I'm surreptitiously reading books, and searching on the internet about bygone eras. It's pretty funny actually, I've been told off many a time for reading these books instead of focusing on the job at hand. It's sad I know, but I can't help it. If you find yourself doing the above things instead of focusing on your current job or course, and are constantly questioning the reason mankind is here, how it got here, why it acts in certain ways, or if you find religious artifacts and the ancient occult/mysticism absolutely fascinating, then you, like me, are obviously in the wrong field of work. We need to be in Archaeology.

Learning the Past for Your Future

I've many images flashing across my mind, judgments and impressions of archaeology. The images most of us grew up with, and yes, I admit most of mine are, of Dr Jones and Ms Croft. Also that of Howard Carter in 1922 finding the boy king Tutankhamun's tomb. I do have a semblance of sense though, and do realize archaeology is much, much more satisfying and more fantastic than what film images impress upon us. ;p Someone once told me that 'Archaeology is one of the dullest and most boring professions in the world'... clearly they haven't worked in the I.T. industry. To me, archaeology is a search for truth, and the study of what life is. Knowing our past, we can choose wisely which direction we should go towards our future.

I was doing some research on the topic when I came across this site, and posted some questions on the discussion board. Kris Hirst made a great suggestion of writing down my journey starting out in archaeology on a blog, or an online journal. This is that Journal, and I will record for your information and my own, what one has to do and go through, to get into the obscure and elusive world of the archaeology, and stay there, that is, if it is wise to do so.

A Leap of Faith

An analogy that comes to mind is that of entering an unexplored Egyptian tomb with a torch, or that of taking a 'leap of faith' into the unknown. I may end up broke and disenchanted at the end of this journey, or I may become enriched with knowledge, glowing with happiness and success. At this point in time, neither of those two ends matter. Only the adventure of the journey matters. I hope this journal gives you the insight needed to make the leap for yourself. Or to stay put. I'll keep you posted a few times every month. It should prove to be a wild ride.

Kind Regards,
Sureyya Kose.

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