Careers in Culture – Careers In Heritage
> Take action to find heritage work
Do you want to know what it's like to work in the heritage field? Find your way to the future by:
Make Heritage Day, which occurs every year on the third Monday of February, part of you work search strategy. Check out what your community is doing during this national event. This could be a great day for learning more about local heritage people and organizations.
Don't be afraid to call up an organization and explain that you're researching facts and work opportunities. Say, “I am curious about what you do and would like to learn more. Do you have any in-house publications or is there anyone who can help me? I only need a few minutes of someone's time”.
Your Education Will Give You a Boost!
Your high school diploma is a good start towards a career in heritage, but a post-secondary education in today's workplace is usually a requirement. Employers want people with college / Cégep diplomas or university degrees in a variety of disciplines. What's important about your education is the knowledge you gain about heritage, and the learning skills you develop during your studies.
The heritage marketplace is diverse, and technology is changing how heritage work is done, you should consider taking specialized courses to hone other important skills. Here are some examples:
Communicate Your Work Search Message
A wide variety of people do the hiring in the heritage field, including museum curators, directors of heritage organizations, historians, park superintendents, project managers, and human resource managers. A large part of their job is communication. What does this mean for you? You must ensure that your cover letter and résumé are impeccably written, and demonstrate excellent listening and speaking skills during the interview.