How can I get an interview in learning and engagement?

I've finally narrowed down that I would like to work in learning and engagement in a museum or heritage environment. Due to financial constraints, I have undertaken a role in insurance whilst I find a job in heritage. Unfortunately, I have not been successful in gaining an interview to date. Is there anything I can do to boost my CV? I am on a temporary contract until September and really want to be in a heritage role when it ends.

— Clare Skinner

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Antonia Grant 's reply:

Getting an interview for a job in 'learning and engagement' is dependant on what level of education/experience you have. Having a formal museum qualification such as a MA in Museum and Gallery Studies is not always a necessary factor to secure the interview.

While a Masters Degree does help demonstrate that you have a specific interest in the museum sector, without the necessary work experience it is not always a guarantee. Generally, with or without the qualifications, what is most important is an engagement with this area and the ability to demonstrate work or voluntary experience, particularly when it comes to working with diverse audiences in a learning or heritage/museum context. This helps prove to your future employer that you have the effective communication skills which is a key part of the job.

When it comes to applying for the specific job, make sure to draw on all your experience working with people and focus on words such as excite/engage/discover.

At the same time it is useful to include a working knowledge and understanding of the National Curriculum.

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