A number of this year's AMA recipents at the 2011 award ceremony in Brighton

AMA recipients tell of "enormously positive" career benefits

Geraldine Kendall, 26.10.2011
71 professional development awards handed out this autumn
The Museums Association’s professionally recognised award, the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA), was handed out to 71 recipients this autumn.

26 of those participants received their awards at a special ceremony hosted by MA president Vanessa Trevelyan at the MA conference in Brighton.

The AMA takes an average of two to three years to complete and is open to anyone who works in or for museums, either on a full-time, part-time, voluntary or temporary basis.

Through structured, cost-effective professional development and with the support of a mentor, the AMA helps participants take responsibility for their development, improve their job skills and achieve career aspirations.

After completing a continuing professional development (CPD) plan made up of concrete and achievable goals, participants undergo a final professional review to assess how far they have come.

Past AMA participants have described how the award gave them greater career confidence, professional recognition and a network of support in the museum world.

AMA recipient Judy Lindsay, chair of the London Museums Group, said: “Since doing the course I have moved to a new role looking after a university museum in central London, where I’m gaining experience of working on a major architectural development.

“I feel I am finally making a real contribution to the wider museums community. I feel enormously positive about the effect CPD has had on the way I operate within the cultural sector.”

Lindsay added: “Before undertaking CPD I felt overburdened and reluctant to take time out to meet with colleagues. As a result of CPD I've come to understand the importance of networking and feel more embedded in the museums world.”

MA museums development officer Charlotte Holmes said: “The annual AMA awards are one of my professional highlights. I am always impressed by how hard prospective AMAs work over the two to three years of the scheme. 

"It’s wonderful to see participants receiving recognition for their hard work, but also so many people who have undergone personal transformations, emerging as more confident, enthusiastic and able professionals."

Holmes added: “The mood of this year’s annual conference was definitely one of resilience and fighting spirit in the face of the cuts. I encourage staff not to retreat into professional hibernation, but rather to reassess goals and push towards their professional aspirations.”

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