Oonagh Murphy will deliver a workshop at the event

Book your place at MA’s early careers conference

Rebecca Atkinson, 03.01.2018
Build a dynamic career with Moving on Up
The Museums Association’s (MA) popular early careers conference returns for a fifth year, with the writer Nikesh Shukla confirmed as the keynote speaker.

Taking place on 26 February at Amgueddfa Genedlaethol Caerdydd (National Museum Cardiff), Moving on Up: Building a Dynamic Museum Career is aimed at people in the first five years of their career who want to get practical advice on standing out from the crowd, developing their networks and having a positive impact in the sector.

Shukla, the author of Coconut Unlimited and editor of the essay collection The Good Immigrant will give an opening keynote presentation at the 2018 event.
The morning also features a workshop delivered by Oonagh Murphy, an arts management consultant, on taking a skills-led approach to your career, and a Q&A panel on survival tactics with Katie Mortimer Jones, the senior curator: invertebrate biodiversity, at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (NMW), Jenny Haslett, the museum manager at Northern Ireland War Memorial, and Steph Mastoris, the head of museums at NMW.

During the afternoon, delegates will learn how to celebrate their mistakes with Katherine McAlpine, the creator of Museum Oops, and how to create career-building opportunities
with Ed Lawless, the education manager of the British Museum’s Samsung Digital Learning Programme and a founding member of the Emerging Museum Professionals networks.

There will also be opportunities to receive one-on-one advice from senior museum professionals during an extended speed mentoring session, and breakout workshops on CVs and interviews, influencing, employment law and making a business case.

Three Moving on Up alumni - Simon Brown, the curator of collections at Newstead Abbey, part of Nottingham Museums and Galleries, and MA board member; Shaz Hussain, an assistant curator at the Science Museum; and Charlotte Morgan, the museum manager at Cynon Valley Museum Trust and MA rep for Wales – will end the day with a discussion on how delegates can apply advice from the event to their careers.

Hussain, who attended Moving on Up in 2017, said: "It was a huge turning point for my career. I've built strong working relationships with other attendees and I've collaborated on projects with so many people I met there that day. Meeting the Museum Detox network for BAME professionals at Moving on Up has helped to launch my career and I feel so much more confident now that I have the support of the other early career professionals I met that day."

Moving on Up: Building a Dynamic Museum Career is chaired by Nat Edwards, the head of masterplan Nnorth at the Science Museum Group, and put together with the support of a programming panel. 


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