How do you start a career in museums? What are careers in the arts like? What jobs are there in cultural heritage? Following UCL Careers’ Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage Themed Week, we have created this handout to provide a list of useful resources to help prepare you for the event and to continue your research into the sector.
The Museums, Arts or Cultural Heritage sector encompasses a wide range or job roles; from traditional roles such as Museum Curator, Archaeologist or Artist, to less traditional roles in IT, Finance, HR and Legal, which are set to see continued growth in the coming years – great news for talented graduates with creative flair.
Government statistics from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) show that employment within the creative industries, which include advertising, architecture, arts and culture, craft, design, fashion, games, music, publishing, technology and TV and film, is growing at four times the rate of the UK workforce as a whole.
Read more of the creative arts sector overview on Prospects
Key starting points
The following resources will provide a general overview of current trends in the Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage sector and provide more detailed information on the range of different graduate level roles available, helping you get a better understanding of your different options:
The different job profiles listed will provide key information on areas such as:
- Main duties/responsibilities for the role
- Expected salary information (starting and potential earnings)
- Professional development, training and career prospects
- Typical working hours
- Entry requirements (formal qualifications and skills)
- How to get work experience
- How to identify key employers and where to search for vacancy
Professional organisations and other bodies
Many museums, arts and cultural Heritage sector professional body websites will produce career guides aimed at student/graduate level jobseekers, providing an insider’s view on how to start your career. They will also provide information for their members on areas such as events, news on current trends, future developments etc. for the sector.
Keeping up to date with sector news through sites like these is sites is useful for building your commercial awareness which recruiters will be looking for evidence of when you start applying.
The listings below will highlight major professional bodies for the museums, arts and cultural heritage sector and explain what sorts of information each one provides that might be useful to you when planning your career. They will also provide support with navigating these sites to find the student focussed content.
- Museums sector professional associations
- Arts sector professional associations
- Cultural Heritage sector professional associations
Employer directories and vacancy sources
Through myUCLCareers thousands of organisations target UCL students and graduates by advertising a range of vacancy types including work experience/internships and full time graduate level roles.
Log in to your myUCLCareers account now to search for current Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage sector vacancies – (use the ‘Occupational area’ filter for ‘Arts administration, libraries, museums and heritage’ or the use ‘Quick search’ for terms such as: ‘museums’, ‘arts’ or ‘heritage’)
Through your myUCLCareers account you can also use the organisation search to identify recruiters by ‘occupational area’ who have a connection with UCL Careers and who operate in the Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage sector.
Many recruiters won’t directly target UCL students through myUCLCareers so it’s also worth expanding your search by looking through our listings for this sector:
Students’ Union UCL – Clubs and Societies
Explore what clubs and societies are on offer at UCL that could help develop your interest in the Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage sector.
Clubs and Societies of interest could include:
- Advertising, Marketing and PR Society
- Art Society
- Modo Fashion Society
- Museums Society
- Music Society
- Photo Society
For a full list of societies go to the Students’ Union UCL society search page.
Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage Sector Themed Week
If you missed our annual Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage sector week or would like a reminder of what happened, you can visit our website:
- Themed Week Events Programme: See past events to discover which organisations were involved and get an idea of what to expect next year.
- Themed Week Archive: See event recording from previous years. Watch talks and panel events from the comfort of your own home!
- UCL Careers Blog: Search our blog to find more articles about these sectors, including alumni case-studies and sector insights.
Museums, Arts and Cultural Heritage Sector Mentoring
Following the Themed Week, you might also want to explore the ‘UCL Alumni Online Community’ – to identify UCL graduates who are now working in this sector and who are happy to provide support for UCL students. If you’re unsure where to start with networking, see these resources on how to network professionally.
UCL Careers are here to help you find your future, no matter what stage your at in your career planning. Visit our website to find out other ways that we can support you and for any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.