Where do I start for a heritage career?

Samantha has few qualifications. Can she still get into heritage?

I have a keen interest in heritage and would love a career within one of its industries. I have no idea where to start.

Unfortunately I have no real qualifications. I left school after my GCSE's, having only got two C grades. Not because I wasn't capable: I just didn't see the importance of qualifications like I do now. I have been working ever since and I am 27 now.

I have been doing main Sales Administrator work and I have plenty of experience with customers. I don't mind going to evening college to gain some qualifications. but I don't know what courses I could do to help progress me. Any advice would be much appreciated.  Thank you in advance. 

— Samantha

Expert answers

Jane Gibson 's reply:

Hi Samantha, a few thoughts. There's a huge range of different opportunities in our sector, so it's always a good idea to do a bit of volunteering in the sector, to get an idea of the range of opportunities there are out there. Ask around your local museums and see what they've got on offer.

It might be that you could use your experience in sales admin as a way in. Then, when you begin to get a better idea of what sort of heritage work you'd like to do, you can chat to people who've already got in there and find out the route(s) by which they entered.

Quite often, heritage professionals are involved in delivering courses, so they might be able to suggest something relevant. Like a lot of professions, you have to start at the bottom and work you rway up whatever qualifications you've got - we've all sat on the front desk selling tickets, invigilating in galleries, helping out in the cafe in our time!

Hope this helps and good luck!


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