Life in Museums Managing Your Museum Career

ISBN-10: 1933253703
ISBN-13: 9781933253701
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: American Association of Museums
Publication date: 4/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 210
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

From the experienced leader or the midcareer professional hoping for a promotion to a recent grad applying for a first internship, A Life in Museums provides every museum professional, both experts and novices, with information for reaching their career goals. Providing sound advice, practical tips, and illuminating personal stories, the editors have ensured that the book spans an array of museum disciplines, making it an extraordinarily versatile guide to the profession. Topics include personal branding and resumes, management and leadership at all levels, professional writing and keeping career journals, and navigating within your institution and knowing when it’s time to move on. A Life in Museums has a place on the shelf of any museum professional and in the hand of any recent graduate. 

About This Book
Acknowledgements
Getting Started
Why Museum Work?
Career Path: Making My Way to Museum Work
Types of Jobs in Museums
Practically Speaking: The Informational Interview
Considering Grad School?
Career Path: Grad School Changed My Life
Back to School: Museum Studies Programs During Tough Times
Career Path: Life Lessons, A Journey of Continuous Learning
Powering Up Your Personal Brand
Practically Speaking: Take Action!
Career Path: From Guard to Great
The Eight Networking Competencies
Practically Speaking: Networking and Relationships
Polishing Your Resume
Practically Speaking: Give Your Resume a Strong Start
Do I Really Need a Cover Letter? (Yes, You Do)
Practically Speaking: Sample Job Posting and Cover Letter
Applying for Federal Jobs (or the Smithsonian)
Working in a Small Museum
Practically Speaking: Careers in College and University Museums
Acing the Interview
Practicum: STAR!
Practically Speaking: Interviewing and Negotiating
Internships as Stepping Stones
Practically Speaking: Turning Your Internship Into a Job
Helping Hands: Volunteering in Museums
Practically Speaking: Why Volunteer?
Career Path: Amy in Wonderland
On the Job
From Student to Staff Member
Practically Speaking: Museum Professionals Continuum Chart
The Value of 21st-century Skills
Practically Speaking: Top Ten Job Skills
We Can't Keep Our Mouths Shut
Practically Speaking: Generations at Work
Writing Professionally, the Forgotten Skill
Using a Career Journal to Document Achievement
Practically Speaking: Year-Round Performance Management
Communicating with Your Boss
Practically Speaking: Levels of Initiative
Career Development as an Aspiring Museum Professional
Career Path: Transferable Skills
Managing and Leading
Managing from the Middle
Practically Speaking: Checklist for Becoming a Better Manager
Leadership at All Levels
Working On or Managing Teams
Practicum: Spider Chart Activity
Practically Speaking: Working on Project Teams
So You Want to Be a Director Someday?
Career Path: Educator-Turned-Director
Career Changes
Navigating Within Your Institution
Practically Speaking: Intent vs. Perception on the Job
Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Practically Speaking: The Kaizen Way to Performance Improvement
So You (Think You) Want to Be a Consultant?
Rebounding after Losing Your Job
Mentoring Matters
Practically Speaking: Open-Sourcing Your Mentorship
Strategizing Me: Making a Personal Career Plan
Practically Speaking: Painted Picture
Co-Editors
Contributors
Index

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