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“What did you study?” “What do you actually do?”
Questions, Questions! We have been working with the Head of Art at Chesterton Community College to run a Silver Arts Award with 6 young people. As part of their qualification they have to demonstrate that they’ve researched career pathways and education options. So in order to bring this part to life, two colleagues; Nathan Huxtable (Education Assistant, Fitzwilliam Museum) & Jo McPhee (Programme Coordinator, University of Cambridge Museums), accompanied me to the school on Monday 2 February. The students spent time interviewing each of us about our education, career paths and what our current job entails in order to create job profiles for their portfolios.
Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.
We currently deliver a monthly silver ‘surgery’ for the students in which we look in depth at a different element of the qualification per session and give them the opportunity to show their portfolios and ask questions. I asked Jo and Nathan to come with me as I thought their jobs are museum positions that they might not realise exist. We all enjoyed meeting the young people and helping them learn about museum careers. It was clear that the young people were surprised by our roles. Sessions like this highlight the need to make museum careers accessible as well as our collections.
Marie Kennedy, Children & Young People Widening Participation Officer, University of Cambridge Museums