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A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career [Kindle Edition]

Wendy Luke , Greg Stevens
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Whether you’re an experienced leader, a mid-career professional hoping for a promotion, or a recent grad applying for your first internship, A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career is the guide you need—full of sound advice, practical tips, and illuminating personal stories that span the array of museum disciplines. Topics range from personal branding and resume writing to managing from the middle and leadership at all levels; from professional writing to keeping a career journal; from navigating within your institution to knowing when it’s time to move on. This is a book you are sure to reference—and share-for years to come.

Editorial Reviews


“A Life in Museums is destined to become the reference work of choice for museum professionals, from prospective to seasoned practitioners. This compendium of good counsel emphasizes how to recognize opportunities and handle challenges—an inspiring resource for firing up the initiative to take charge of your museum career.”
(Carol B. Stapp, director of the Museum Education Program, The George Washington)

About the Author

Greg Stevens has run the American Alliance of Museums’ Professional Development program since 2007, addressing career, management and leadership development, professional skills-building, and mentoring for the museum field. Wendy Luke is the founder of The HR Sage and has twenty years experience working with museums solving their toughest people problems.

Product Details

  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The AAM Press of the American Alliance of Museums (April 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career July 4, 2012
Editors and authors, Greg Stevens and Wendy Luke, have assembled both a very practical and entertaining "insiders view" of what goes on behind museums' "mysterious" walls for outsiders as well as insiders. The world of museums and those who work within these organizations need to know how to move into and also navigate their own careers once within. Here is a unique "go to guide" published by AAM Press of the American Association of Museums - the organization that is a leader in its field. Stevens and Luke, professionals themselves, share their knowledge generously throughout the book. They also call on over two dozen other museum professionals who in turn provide insights, specific knowledge, and at times reveal their own stories and unique situations, thus, making this book more intriguing and personal than just a "textbook" on how to succeed in a museum career. Whether a museum lover, college student, docent or a museum professional there is something for everyone in this book to absorb and learn about in a field that is forever evolving and changing. One theme stands out loud and clear for this reader is that there is no one path with so many avenues to explore and circumvent as well. One can cherry pick or read from cover to cover. Knowing what it takes and learning from those who live it day today is priceless.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable Interview Techniques July 5, 2012
I am an emerging professional in the museum world and this book was worth its price for the job interview advice alone. After reading this book and following the steps, I am going to feel 100% more confident going into my next job interview. Add to that the useful advice and stories about turning your internship into a job, becoming a museum consultant, and navigating through various other stages of a museum career and this book is sure to be a resource I will go back to again and again throughout my time working in museums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book for the reference shelf July 14, 2013
By Bianca
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This book had some helpful advice for a newbie museum worker which is why I bought it, but be prepared to pop this on the shelf as a reference book if you're new to the industry like me as a considerable portion of the book will only be relevant to mid-career museum workers.

If you're looking for guidance and just starting out in museum work you may want to consider an alternative that focusses on aspiring and emerging professional advice.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Imagine having dinner with over a dozen museum professionals willing to give you a thoughtful advise on how to advance your career and pursuit your goals and ambitions. Now imagine these same professionals will take you through every step of the way in an interactive and straightforward manner that range from finding sense out of working in museums to practical tips on how to be a successful leader within your institution. Well, the overall feeling you get when reading this book will surely resemble your thoughts as every chapter will satisfy your needs to know where to go and how to perform adequately in a field filled with uncertainty, at least for emerging professionals. As a recent graduate, I feel now more confident to take on new challenges after working on some basic tools such as a well-crafted resume and interviewing skills that most university programs won’t even bother to teach you. Thank you Greg and Wendy for putting this book together for many of us out there in need of guidance and mentoring.
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