Careers in Culture – Careers In Heritage

> Hands-on experience

When you look for work in the heritage sector, employers will want to know what experience you've had. Don't forget: volunteer experience is valuable too. Use the following checklist to see how you can build your knowledge of the workplace and make useful contacts.

If I'm a student, I could . . .

  • Volunteer at a local historic site, museum, archives, gallery, heritage agency/society, park or nature reserve.
  • Write about a local heritage site for my community or school newspaper.
  • Get a summer job at a local museum, park or historic site.
  • Take on a co-op placement at a heritage agency/society.
  • Volunteer at my local library or school library.
  • Get to know the story of my community's history.
  • Attend local heritage fairs, festivals or other events.
  • Upgrade my computer design skills.

If I'm an emerging artist, I could . . .

  • Submit photography, cartoons or drawings for a local event.
  • Design posters, flyers or websites for local heritage organizations.
  • Attend talks or workshops on heritage issues and activities given by professional associations or educational institutions.
  • Take night or weekend heritage-related courses at community college or Cégep.
  • Upgrade my computer and fundraising skills.
  • Volunteer at a local historic site, museum, archives, gallery, heritage agency/society, park or nature reserve.
  • Get to know my community history.
  • Help create a website for my local heritage agency/society.
  • Attend local heritage fairs, festivals or other events.

If I want to move into this work from another sector, I could . . .

  • Design posters, flyers or websites for local heritage organizations.
  • Attend talks or workshops on heritage issues and activities given by professional associations or educational institutions.
  • Take night or weekend heritage-related courses at community college or Cégep
  • Upgrade my computer and fundraising skills.
  • Volunteer at a local historic site, museum, archives, gallery, heritage agency/society, park or nature reserve.
  • Help create a website for my local heritage agency/society.
  • Get to know my community history.
  • Attend local heritage fairs, festivals or other events.