How can law, English and building conservation lead to a heritage career?
I was able to secure a paid position with Knowsley Borough Council as their 2015/2016 intern for the local Townscape Heritage Initiative in Prescot. This year-long placement will allow me to get into the field I feel I was always meant to be in (Heritage), but it has been a long time coming. As part of the internship I have been granted a place on the Building Conservation and Adaptation MSc at the University of Central Lancashire.
My original degree was in English but I feel this qualification has been of limited use when it comes to career choices. I am currently in talks to publish my 14th book on the subject of local history and I also write a weekly Nostalgia column for a local newspaper. However, this does not provide any sort of living. I have recently completed a Diploma in Law and will endeavor to boost this into a full LLB in the future through extra credits. Again, the legal route is proving problematic due to mediocre A Level results in my youth, so the idea of becoming a solicitor is not as straight forward as I had originally envisioned.
At 27 I am still struggling to find my feet career-wise, but I hope the Masters course with UCLAN will finally be a turning point. I see myself working in Heritage and I know I would enjoy it. However, it seems my fellow students have more practical backgrounds, such as Town Planning or Surveying. Can you advise on any steps I could take with my English and Law background, combined with my upcoming Building Conservation and Adaptation qualification, to enable me to finally begin a career in the heritage sector? Your advice would be greatly appreciated!
— Dan Longman