Creating creative careers

I love my work. As a freelance Heritage Learning Consultant I get to go behind the scenes at all sorts of museums, castles and heritage venues. I have worked from the portcullis at Edinburgh Castle, I’ve witnessed the transformation of Stonehenge from solstice to slick tourist operation and I’ve worked alongside truly inspiring learning teams to create programmes that focus on untold stories, building pride in young people about their personal heritage. I work with artists, musicians, dancers, actors, collections experts, writers, designers, film makers, educators, foresters, reenactors. And I love working collaboratively with other freelance experts. I have found the majority to be generous, supportive, expert, kind and fun to work with.

But when I was at school I can remember talking to a careers adviser about what I wanted to do after school. I wanted to a cameraman (an indication of how long ago this was), fashion designer or journalist. I was largely told to limit my ambition. I had no idea how to navigate Higher Education or the world of employment, but eventually after a year of working in a good job but one that I hated (I loved the people I worked with) I went back to my old school. My former head teacher pointed me to the College Ripon and York St John where I went to study English and French.

Studying arts does not provide a clear career path and my career has evolved over time. I love learning and I love stories. My work allows me to engage with both. Along the way I have continued to study, first for an MBA and then for an MA in Education by Research. And now my work life is transforming again.

I’m in the early stages of a new venture, The Artery which brings together the best from the business, creative and cultural sectors.

We have two great opportunities coming up for young people, interested in a creative career but not sure about the skills they need for success. To find out more visit our Take Part pages and express an interest.

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