Careers and employability

The following resources have been developed by the School of Museum Studies in collaboration with the University's Career Development Service for all of our Museum Studies Connect members. The videos draw on the expertise of current museum professionals and are supported by several documents which can be downloaded via the links below. Feel free to watch all of the videos or dip in and out if that's more appropriate for your needs.


Career Decisions

Supporting documents:

Transferable Skills Audit Form - Use this document to rate your own transferable skills and identify good examples that can be used in application forms and interviews

Development Action Plan - Use this form to identify your key career goals and to plan how you can achieve them

Personal SWOT analysis - Use this model to identify stengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats affecting your own career development

Job Interviews

Personal Statements


This short activity involves the critique of a personal statement that has been provided for the post of Learning Officer at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge. Please work through the tasks outlined in Parts A, B and C

Part A - Read the job specification for the post

Part B - Critique the personal statement provided for the post

Part C - Compare the feedback you gave the personal statement in Part B with the feedback given by the Career Development Service

Career progression

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AHRC Midlands3Cities

PhD Funding for UK/EU Students

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership is awarding up to 80 Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) PhD studentships to UK/EU applicants for October 2018 entry.

Funding application deadline: Monday 15 January 2018.

Find out more about M3C studentships in Museum Studies.

ESRC Midlands Graduate School

PhD Funding for social science research in Museum Studies

The Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership is awarding Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD studentships to applicants for October 2018 entry. Funding application deadline: Thursday 18 January 2018.

Find out more about MGS studentships in Museum Studies.

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