Trillion Attwood, 26, has a master’s in Egyptology from Liverpool University and waitresses at Salt House Tapas bar in Liverpool.
Ideal role: museum curator
Ever since first setting eyes on the Rosetta Stone in the British Museum as a little girl, I’ve been fascinated with Ancient Egypt. So when I discovered that you could study Egyptology, I applied like a shot. It didn’t cross my mind that the field is so niche that there are virtually no jobs out there. Assistant positions in the Egyptian section of the British Museum come up about once a decade and usually go to someone in-house. So despite graduating with a BA and a master’s in the subject in 2006, my dream of deciphering hieroglyphics for a living appears to be a total long-shot. Frankly, I’d be happy with any job in any museum, but most places require a master’s in museum studies.
In the meantime, I’ve been working as a waitress, something I’ve been doing on and off since the age of 16. I went full time a couple of months after leaving uni, and have worked my way up to the position of assistant manager here at Salt House Tapas in Liverpool. I’m also doing a distance-learning course in museum studies in my spare time, hopeful that when I complete it next year I’ll be better equipped to fulfil my ambition. The experience I’m gaining at the restaurant in managing staff, doing the rotas, cashing up and creating financial reports is transferable to any job. I’m not on minimum wage any more, and working in the catering industry is something I enjoy — it’s definitely a good alternative. It helps that I love food too, and that we’re given lunch and dinner from the menu during our shifts — I usually opt for the slow-cooked lamb. The only downside is the unsociable hours, with work going on until 1am on some nights.
The lack of opportunities out there has forced me to re-evaluate my outlook on life. I’ve come to realise that career isn’t the be-all and end-all that people of my generation seem to think it is. The most important thing is to be happy in yourself. I may make it one day, and I may not — it’s not the end of the world. It helps that I fell in love just after leaving uni, so that time in my life wasn’t all doom and gloom. I’m still with Justin, and while I’m not saying a relationship is a substitute for a career, it’s certainly a pleasant distraction.
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