Success is who I am
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.
What a great day at #MOU2015, there's so much passion and conviction just wanting to be channelled in our sector. Let's get it done!— Simon Brown (@simonianbrown) February 24, 2015
Such an amazing and inspiring day #MOU2015 now going to face my career fears and not be afraid to meander— Sophie Towne (@SophieTowne) February 24, 2015
Diff between power & influence: you can harness influence at any point of your career, doesn’t need to be endorsed by any authority #MOU2015— Geraldine Kendall (@GKendall) February 24, 2015
Improve your personal resilience by having a life outside museums; have a work/life balance - Maggie Appleton #MOU2015— Laura Crossley (@lfcrossley) February 24, 2015
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.