Ms. Sims kindly agreed to being interviewed by Forensic Nexus to share her career path. We asked her the following questions:
What is your area of expertise/forensic discipline?
I am a self employed Forensic Archaeologist and Anthropologist.
Where do you work as a forensic scientist?
I work from home, my job has many different facets. I consult for Police forces, work for universities teaching and doing other jobs as required. I also have a small part time job evenings and weekends.
What is your typical work day like?
My work is very varied. I may inventory archaeological skeletons, consult for the police, either by email or attend the scene, spend the day teaching anthropology or at archaeology field school. I have a car boot full of equipment ready to go at a moments notice.
What inspired you to pursue this career?
I had tried many things and was having another change of career which unfortunately (or fortunately) was withdrawn after a year of qualifying for it. I spent some time considering what I wanted and decided to go to University to broaden my horizons and job prospects. I found an area I fell in love with that I have touched on on and off through my life and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is your academic background?
I have a BSc First class honours in Forensic Science from the University of Lincoln and an MSc in Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology from Cranfield University. I came to the field later in life having tried many jobs and not been truly happy with any of them.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety is excellent. I get to work with many fabulous people and spend a lot of time outdoors.
What suggestions do you have for students that are interested in pursuing a career in your profession?
It can be very difficult to get work in these fields. Perseverance is the key. You need a good support system and try to get a mentor. This allows skills to be passed on and will give you introductions that you may not otherwise get. Attend conferences and network hard. Create yourself a niche.
Have we covered all bases? Any further questions come to mind while reading Ms. Sims’ story? Please feel free to submit questions by commenting on this post and we will direct them to Ms. Sims and post her responses.
Forensic Nexus would like to thank Ms. Sims for her participation. She has also agreed to offer mentorship to individuals seeking career advisement.
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Till next week!