𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗪𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝘄𝗮𝗭𝘂𝗹𝘂-𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝘅𝗰𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗱𝗼.
𝗤. 𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝘂𝘀 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗳 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗿𝗼𝗹𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗞𝗭𝗡 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺.
A. My name is Dimakatso Tlhoaele. My professional qualification is Archaeology and I am a Research Technician in the Human Sciences Department at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. As a Research Technician, I am responsible for the inbound and outbound loans of collections from our Museum to other institutions. I assist visiting researchers with any queries they might have and ensure that the artefact is in pristine condition for collection.
𝗤. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗶𝗴𝗴𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗵𝗶𝗴𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗹𝘀𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗠𝘂𝘀𝗲𝘂𝗺?
A. My biggest highlight working at the Museum has been meeting all the researchers I was told about or I read about their work during my undergraduate years in university. I have been able to work with local and international researchers and assist with the fieldwork that takes place. Another highlight is being the first person to touch and take care of an artefact prior to it being exhibited, which for me is priceless.
𝗤. 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗱𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝘄𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗽𝘂𝗿𝘀𝘂𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗿 𝗶𝗻 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗳𝗶𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸?
A. To be a Research Technician requires a person to be patient, pay attention to detail, yet not limiting their creativeness within the job. You need to dedicate yourself to your studies and make use of any opportunity that comes your way. The Research Technician role is diverse and does not limit you to one thing, you are able to collaborate with other researchers and publish papers as well.
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