How to make lemonade from my graduate education
January 12, 2012 6:37 PM Subscribe
As a Historic Preservation graduate student, what things should I be dead set on learning to make me more employable in a bad economy?
posted by ohmansocute to Education (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Let's not rail on me for Bad Choices, i.e., "Shoulda become a nurse!" because I am way past that, and let's get real, new nurses are having just as hard of a time finding employment as those from social sciences programs. I chose preservation as a way to fuel my love of art history with my love of green practices, as in, "The greenest building is the one already built", and a little bit of "Young mama with an art history degree does not know what to do next... grad school!" And so here I am, at university, studying a topic that is sometimes hard to translate into envisioning potential employment and ways to Make Enough Money to Support My Child in a Meaningful and Interesting Way. I also wholeheartedly believe that adapting older buildings will become more and more important as we realize that tearing them down and building new is super wasteful.
So what I want are suggestions, from those in the field or who know someone in the field of Historic Preservation. I've heard things such as Leed and GIS/Lidar technology, but give me more. Also, I am in the U.S., and really would love a federal government job.