Earlier this year, a group of students and academic staff from Museum Gallery and Heritage studies ( Daria Bakhshalieva, Baoyi Cheng, Lindsey Calvert, Imogen Cloet, Areti Galani, Foteini Koilia, Hannah Marsden, Gayle Meikle, Olivia Yin, and Katelyn York) co-designed a workbook for students and early career practitioners to practice tools in reflection. We will launch the book alongside the final MGH Futures event on Thursday, 14 July.
The reflective process is used in many fields. However, in the Museum, Gallery and Heritage sector, it is becoming increasingly important to consider how your actions impact and frame your work, your audiences, and an organisation’s activity. The workbook introduces different ways to reflect to encourage and support students in their reflective learning and practice. The workbook contains tools and prompts the user can use to aid reflection in different situations.
The workbook was designed in three intensive co-design workshops by MGH students and staff at Newcastle University with contributions from sector specialists as part of the project: Co-designed Reflective Practices in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies (2021-22) with the support of the Newcastle University Education Development Fund.
Hi everyone. It has been a great week because we have the ‘Make It Happen’ Week.
Preparation Stage (Mar-May 2022)
The preparation for this one-week programme started in late March. The team collected the qualitative data from fellow MA classmates through Google Form. We want to thank your contribution, because these data have formed the basis of our interviews.
We grouped the questions into 3 categories:
Information on the MGH job market
Preparing for application
Having considered this year’s MA class is an international cohort, we included a fourth category addressing the worries of International students. We decided to conduct one interview in Chinese and provide English subtitles. This approach helps to show the cultural and market differences from the perspective of an international job seeker in the UK and enables students from different countries to be on the same page.
We hope you find the materials helpful, no matter you are international students looking for jobs in the UK or British students looking for jobs in other countries.
We started to invite guests from the MGH team, alumni and Careers Service to have Zoom recordings with us or join us at the in-person event. Meanwhile, we started to organise catering and printing services for the big day.
‘Make It Happen’ Week(9-13 May 2022)
This week, the spring event team has published a series of online content on the 2021-22 MGH community discussion board at Canvas and had an informative alumni sharing event on 11 May 2022.
The online content will stay in the 2021-22 MGH community discussion board at Canvas after the week. So you may revisit them during summer when you’re frustrated in applying for jobs. We hope the tips and experiences from the speakers can alleviate your anxiety a bit.
Remember that you are not alone.
‘It is okay to ask for advice.’
The MGH team and Careers Service always welcome you.
Here is a quick recap on the general tips:
On the Canvas discussion board, you can find the in-depth tips given by our guests in short video format. The edited content and clear titles shall save you time in looking for tips while in stress, for example:
When and where to look for MGH jobs
What jobs are available
Job interviews: Types and tips
Working in a different culture
Why do a PhD
How do I start looking for a PhD programme
How do I look for funding for a PhD
Making use of NU Careers Service & Linkedin
This was our journey to make the ‘Make It Happen’ Week happen.
The project wouldn’t be successful without the participation of fellow classmates. Thank you all!
The team has learned a lot from this project, from analysing data, thinking of ways including different voices, making relationships with internal and external parties, producing attractive visual and textual materials, and promoting the programme.
Many thanks to my teammates. We made it!
Once again, we would like to say many thanks to our speakers (in alphabetical order):
Dr Gonul Bozoglu
Ms Amber Brown
Dr Briony Carlin
Dr Areti Galani
Ms Han-Lin Hsieh
Dr Dawei Lu
Dr Gayle Meikle
Mr David Silk
Gook luck, everyone!
Look forward to the MGH Futures Summer Event in July.