There are three typical SEAHA career paths, which may provide some useful context to prospective candidates.
Path 1: Heritage
Students following this path are likely to come from science and engineering backgrounds; and from heritage contexts, seeking to enhance their knowledge of the state-of-the-art. The focus is on highly cross-disciplinary, translational, engagement, communication transitional skills, and on an excellent understanding of the SEAHA strands along one dominant stream (‘Materials’, ‘Environment’, ‘Digital’). Graduates will be filling the skills gap in the heritage science sector, driving innovation and supporting the heritage and tourism industries, as well as promoting science and engineering. The graduates will be equipped with strong leadership skills enabling them to take up leading positions in the sector.
Path 2: Industry
In addition to science and engineering graduates, this path will attract students from companies aiming at sharpening their research skills. This path is likely to have a strong EngD component, with extended placements in companies, aiming at developing job opportunities in the same companies. The graduates will have advanced sensors, instrumentation, imaging, data handling, computational and digital skills, and excellent transitional skills, including entrepreneurship based on responsible innovation, making them highly employable in the sector. Their understanding of user needs (heritage sector) will make these graduates additionally attractive to employees.
Path 3: Policy
This path may well be followed by students with considerable existing expertise, seeking to deepen their understanding of science and engineering decision-making in an intensely cross-disciplinary context with the aim of developing strong leadership, negotiation, engagement, cross-disciplinary and public engagement skills. They may prefer placements with senior policy experts e.g. at English Heritage, with the aim of developing and promoting evidence-based policy. The graduates may return to their organisations and continue their careers at senior levels leaving a lasting impact on the domain, both in their organisations and in the society, or they may consider policy advisory roles.