Starting a career in museums

In such a competitive jobs market, it's even more important to add value to qualifications and experience to ensure you stand out from the crowd.

This issue of Museum Practice offers practical guidance for anyone looking to start a career in museums.

Introduction: careers

Fewer roles and more competition mean it's a tough time for young professionals

Faster, higher, stronger: adding value to your MA

Charlotte Holmes looks at how young professionals can get ahead of the pack

Getting more from your internship

Leanne Tonkin explains how she made the most of a Skills for the Future internship to get her first job in museums

Careers webchat

Your career questions answered

Key qualities

Senior professionals offer advice to the next generation

Studying to get ahead

Lecturers and course leaders explain how students can make the most of their studies

Making the best of interviews

Neville Stankley offers interview tips that could make the difference when it comes to getting the job

Balancing act

The challenges of studying for a master's while working

Future prospects

A student's reflections on the job opportunities for those entering the heritage sector

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Taking responsibility for your career development

Learning curves

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Two cultural heritage students ask whether a master's will really help them enter their chosen careers

All work and no pay

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