Success is who I am

Rebecca Atkinson, 25.02.2015
Thoughts and tweets from Moving on up
One of the great things about social media is that it allows us to experience and follow events in real time and from a distance – from unfolding current affairs to award ceremonies and conferences.

Thinking about the latter, online social networking services such as Twitter enable learning and discussion to be shared widely beyond the limited delegate list. And for those that are able to attend, sending tweets can trigger exciting conversations and debate, as well as helping to make new connections across the sector and beyond.

I’m writing this blog the day after the Museums Association’s early career conference, Moving on up: Making an impact with your career, which took place at the University of Leicester.

Asides from a huge amount of energy from speakers and delegates all through the day, one of the really strong messages that came out for me was the passion people had for museums, collections and audiences, but also for their careers.

Our keynote speaker, Kathryn Perera, the chief executive of Movement for Change, a charity that mobilises people and community to take action, summed it up when she said: “Success is who I am, expressed in what I do, which makes me whole.”

The importance of self was echoed later, by Hilary Jennings, who reminded us that “wellbeing is not an aside”.

As you can imagine, these sort of ruminations – as well as the practical tips and advice shared throughout the day – were widely shared on Twitter. We also ran a #MOUselfie competition, which allowed delegates to share why they love working in museums.

I’m sharing some of my favourite #MOU2015 and #MOUselfie tweets from the day in this blog.

You can see all of the #MOUselfie pictures on the Museums Association's Tumblr, or on Twitter using the hashtag.

Thanks to everyone who tweeted during the day and I hope to keep the conversation going.