Discover how to launch your museum career

Rebecca Atkinson, 17.10.2019
Leading professionals to share their top tips on getting your first job in the sector
Choosing a career in museums is an exciting and significant decision, but navigating the different options and getting that all- important first step on the ladder can feel daunting.

The Museums Association (MA) is running a one-day event to offer new entrants to the sector guidance on the careers options available, support on career development, and practical advice on what museums are looking for in their employees.

Don’t Stop Me Now: Launching Your Museum Career takes place on Saturday 9 November at the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and is aimed at students looking to convert their studies into a job in the sector, people who want to change careers and those simply interested in finding out what their options are.

During the morning, a panel of museum professionals working in roles such as curatorial, marketing, learning and audience development will share their tips on the skills and experience needed to do the job. You will have the opportunity to get tailored advice from the panel during a question and answer session.

After a networking lunch, a number of break-out sessions will focus on delivering practical advice on writing CVs and job applications; making an impression in interviews; effective networking; and maximising volunteering and internship opportunities.

The museum sector is competitive and – getting your first job and progressing requires more than just a good application., so Iin the final session you will discover how you canto direct the course of your career and stand out from the crowd through understanding your career values;, getting your digital identity job-ready;, and career planning.

The day costs £30 for MA members and £45 for non-members and runs from 11.00 to 17.45 including lunch and a drinks reception.

Speakers include:

  • Mark Macleod, Project Manager, Fife Cultural Trust @markmacleo
  • Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association @sharonheal
  • Catherine Cartmell, Skills Development Manager, Museums Galleries Scotland, and Volunteer Co-ordinator, David Livingstone Trust @catherinecMGS
  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association @TamsinRussell
  • Quonya Huff, Commercial and Audience Development Manager, National Mining Museum Edinburgh
  • Robin Patel, Heritage Freelancer, Ergadia Heritage @Robin_Ergadia
See the full programme and book your ticket today