AMA alumnus Thomas Power

New AMA case studies added to MA website

Geraldine Kendall, 15.08.2014
How the professional development award can help your career
The Museums Association (MA) has published a number of new case studies from professionals who recently completed the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA).

The AMA is a work-based continuing professional development award designed to help museum professionals to move forward with their career aspirations.

It offers a structured programme of professional development with the support of a mentor, helping participants develop the job skills and the core competences needed for a successful career in museums.

Several AMA almuni have shared their experiences of how the scheme has helped their careers.

Thomas Power, support services manager at the British Library, said: "I think and work differently since finishing the AMA. It gave me the opportunity to reflect on my skills, map my career path and clearly identify the steps needed to get me to where I want to be."

Rachel Mackay, senior visitor engagement manager at the Natural History Museum, said: "I didn’t often meet people at museum networking events who worked in visitor operations, and I wanted to show that my side of things was as valid and important a museum profession as any other.

"Doing my AMA allowed me to bring the front-of-house perspective to discussions and events where it would have otherwise been absent."

Simon Hancock, curator of Haverfordwest Town Museum, said: "For my work-based project I collated a code of practice entitled Working More Effectively Together with Volunteers. It has really improved our working and we have recruited six new volunteers since April."

The AMA takes two to three years to complete and registration is open to anyone working in museums and galleries.


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