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How To Open Doors To Get Into The Creative/Heritage Sector

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As someone who has been ambitious since being in Sixth form about working in the heritage sector, I have come to understand how difficult it is to first enter into it. At an event I recently attended, one of the speakers made a comment about working within the sector:

It’s hard to get in, but once you place your foot in the doorway it becomes easier to navigate around.

I do believe that in this it is who you know and what you know rather than just a qualification. However, after a few years of trying to create a clear pathway for the future I’m here to try and give you as many tips as possible.

The first thing I can recommend is to search for mentoring schemes. One organisation that I highly recommend if you are looking for jobs in the arts is Arts Emergency. With mentoring schemes for people aged up to 25 and so this is the perfect age range for people either doing masters or bachelor degrees. They pair you up with someone experienced in your desired career and for a year, you can do several tasks with them. This includes learning more about the sector, or even landing yourself a work experience placement. By joining a mentoring scheme you are able to network with someone as well as learning more about the job you want to do in the future.

Following on from mentoring schemes is networking. Whilst this can be difficult to do especially in a pandemic climate it is also so beneficial. The most successful ways I have networked is by emailing individuals, such as directors of independent galleries, to have a meeting with me. During those casual meetings I have discussed how they were able to get into the sector and also ways in which I can too. You never know, you could possibly be calling the person you meet your employer in the future.

Take an active role in your subjects society. Considering I am planning to have a career in Art History, it was important for me to also have a role in the society too. In this case, I am the head of talks and events and so I organise external people to come into uni and provide talks for students. This is another networking opportunity as I contact several people in hopes that they will also stay in touch with the university and students. Even if you don’t work on the exec, attending those events gives you the chance to ask questions and to make yourself known.

My next tip is to apply for as many jobs and work experience placements as you can during Summer. Whilst it is perfectly okay to just chill during the Summer, being proactive can also have its benefits too. There are quite a few temporary positions within galleries/ museums and retail. Whether you are looking to work in these areas or not, the transferable skills can make you desirable for other jobs too. Through networking you can ask around for work experience too.

Going to career events can be super helpful to gain insight. Whether this be a conference in person or a zoom event online, you can hear from different people on topics that interest you. Make notes too! Just so you can then refer to them later in case you forget any information.

Trying to get your foot into a sector can be difficult but with perseverance you will be successful. Make sure to comment any other tips you have!

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Anything creative related! Or even just generally about life here…
Find out more about me Contact Anjalina

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