Everyone must remember that jobs in the Egyptology field are highly
compeitive and shouldn't be taken lightly. Whilst its all very well to say that 'some people have to be the Egyptologists', those people are the best in the world at what they do. For every position in Egyptology-related careers there are more than a hundred people with the necessary qualifications, and obviously only one of those hundred will get the job. Jobs are actually so
competitive that unless you really feel that you have what it takes, it would be both selfish and unwise to consider a career in Egyptology. I for one do not want to get stuck with a PhD in Egyptology, working in a launderette or as a postman.
As it stands I have a rough game-plan already worked out. I want to take a degree in 'Egyptian History' at UCL
(rather than in Archaeology, which interests me less. Also note the importance of taking French
at school), and then take both the competition for the Fast Stream Civil Service (for which you can have at least a 2:2 degree in anything that shows intellectual finesse), whilst simultaneously applying for a whole host of Egyptology-related careers such as Museum Curating, lecturing etc. and I'll choose the one that appeals most to me at the time.
It's a tough game, and if you guys are the sort who consider playing then it might be a good idea to work out your game strategy in advance. It'll never be too early, but you can miss your chance.