Careers Hub

Tailored sessions to help you make the most of your career
All sessions will take place in Workshop Room 3, Exhibition Hall, and are open to all.

Monday 7 November


1000-1030

Networking for the future: top ten tips for networking success

Session leader: Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, Museums Association

Conference provides multiple opportunities for meeting and connecting. This quick fire session outlines the top ten tips for networking success.

1100-1145

Getting your foot in the door: CV dos and don'ts that will get you over the threshold

Session leader: Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, Museums Association

If you are not short-listed you can't showcase your skills and experience. This session looks at CV dos and don’ts that will get you over the threshold!

1200-1245

Total workforce approach: feedback to inform the MA's new workforce strategy

Session leader: TBC

The MA wants to hear your views on what works for you or could work for you in terms of professional development. This session will inform the content of our new workforce strategy and delivery plan, which will be launched in 2017.


1500-1545

Expertise for hire: successful working with freelancers

Session leader: Lyndsey Clark, museum consultant

Our workforce model is changing to include more freelance workers than ever before. With the aim of enabling effective working relationships and successful delivery, this session explores the practicalities of freelance work from both sides of the table.


1600-1645

Character matters: attitudes, behaviours and skills in the UK museum workforce

Session leaders: Isabel Churcher, senior manager, museums, Arts Council England and Catherine Cartmell, skills  development manager, Museums Galleries Scotland

This comprehensive report, published this year, looks 10 years into the future. This session looks at the results and provides opportunities for reflection and action.
Tuesday 8 November

1000-1045
Succeeding at interviews: hints and tips to help you succeed

Session leader: Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, Museums Association

This session looks at how you can ace interviews and excel at other types of selection exercises we increasingly see in the sector.


1100-1145

Strategies for courage: harnessing your fearless skills

Session leader: Jess Turtle, project coordinator, Transformers, Museums Association

Being fearless is a skill; it supports innovation and excellence. We hear from Transformers delegates how to harness this for public benefit.

1200-1245

The truth about volunteering: review and reflection on this volunteer and heritage report

Session leader: Matthew Linning, strategic performance manager, Volunteer Scotland

This session pulls together the research we have on volunteering in the heritage sector and asks what that means for the future.


1300-1345

Total workforce approach: feedback to inform the MA's new workforce strategy

Session leader: Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, Museums Association

The MA wants to hear your views on what works for you or could work for your professional development. This session will inform the content of our new workforce strategy and delivery plan, which will be launched in 2017.

1400-1445

The new glass ceiling: flexible working at senior levels

Session leaders: Tamsin Russell, professional development officer, Museums Association; Helen Rawson, co-director, Museums Collections Unit, University of St Andrews; Jilly Burns, Head of National and International Partnerships, National Museums Scotland; and Jacky MacBeath, Head of Museums and Deputy Head of Centre for Research Collections , University of Edinburgh

In an age when we talk about an agile workforce, flexible working should be in its ascendancy, but are all organisations on the same page? This conversation looks at individuals' experience of flexible working and asks the question - is this the new glass ceiling for career progress?


1500-1545

The truth about freelancing: successful freelancing in the cultural sector

Session leader: Rebecca Mileham, freelance writer

In this interactive session Rebecca shares her wealth of experience and research into the nature of freelancing within the cultural sector.




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