Professional development

Students studying for one of our Masters degrees, full-time on campus, experience a series of professional development activities fully integrated into the taught curriculum. These activities are designed to give all of our students the best possible advantage when developing their careers when their studies are complete.

Every year, the professional development strand of teaching includes:

Interview skills workshop

A session that provides strategies and tips to help students prepare themselves for that all important job interview. What are the typical questions that museums and gallery employers might ask? How do you give positive and confident answers to these questions? What are some of the pitfalls to avoid? The session involves a practical element, through simulation in small groups, that provides supportive useful feedback.

Applying for museum jobs, an employer's perspective 

Led by Frazer Swift, Head of Learning at the Museum of London, the interactive session explains (amongst other things) what employers look for in an application form, what small things make a positive impact on employers, what common mistakes applicants make. It also enables students the opportunity to consider the best way to complete an application form and write a personal statement.

Career experiences after graduation

Each year a number of recent graduates are invited back to Leicester to offer an insight into the progress of their careers to date. Success stories are shared, together with an honest appraisal of the current job market and hints and tips at overcoming the challenges that may present themselves. The graduates also typically share advice on getting the most out of the taught Masters programme and the work placement opportunities that students have.

Planning a career in museums and galleries 

This session is facilitated by Caitlin Griffiths a museum and gallery consultant with extensive experience of the sector gained through working in a number of museums and nationally at a senior policy level at the Museums Association. Caitlin offers a fresh and independent view of the professional development opportunities available across the sector to recent graduates hoping to further their career.

Museum studies and beyond

Staff from the University’s Career Development Service facilitate this taught session which helps students to identify gaps in their transferable skill set and also to develop strategies to fill those gaps. This session is particularly useful in enabling students to articulate the wide variety of skills that they have gained through the curriculum and extra-curricular activities.

Communication skills for the workplace 

This opportunity is specifically designed for students who are not native English speakers which focuses on language and communication strategies for dealing with telephone interviews and queries, writing effective emails and memos, and coping with cultural challenges and 'the unexpected' in the workplace.