Yesterday afternoon I took a trip to Liverpool John Moores University to speak with 2nd year History of Art and Museum Studies students and about how I got to where I am and the role that internships played in my career journey. As a recent graduate from the course I saw this as the perfect opportunity to share my knowledge and give some tips on how to get your dream job.

I found it really interesting speaking to the students; it took me back to me being in the same place a few years ago and my lecturers telling me I needed to work hard, and I did. I took on voluntary roles at the LJMU Archives, Open Eye Gallery and Liverpool Biennial. I did unpaid and paid internships at FACT, The Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Crisis. Through these roles, I gained lots experience of talking to visitors in front of house roles, got to grips with the role digital marketing plays in making an organisation successful, and most importantly of all – learned how to paint gallery walls in double-quick time!

All my hard work paid off when the role of Fundraising & Development Coordinator at FACT came up late last year. I had previously worked with the F&D team at FACT a few months after I graduated and I knew I had the skills to get the job. It was great speaking to the students yesterday, I hope I inspired them to grab every opportunity that comes at them to get to where they want to be!

Want to find out more about the course Holly did? Then check out the latest blogs from current History of Art and Museum studies students. 

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