Tuesday 12 May 2015

How I learned to stop worrying and got a job

On 8th May, in the first of our Spring/Summer series of events, New History Lab hosted three Leicester alumni who spoke of their experiences in the job market after finishing their Masters degrees.
First up, Mark Small told us how he came to work at the Bristol Record Office, a path which began with a trip to Bath during his Masters which led to a job with the Churches Conservation Trust. The Masters then, was not simply a qualification to put on the CV but the inspiration for a potential career path. The overarching message from Mark was not to plan your career, or at least, don’t stick to a plan if other opportunities arise. And so, Mark told us how he moved from old buildings to old documents via the Red Lodge, Bristol’s smallest museum.

Secondly, Tim Savage recounted the ups and downs of postgraduate careers, or as he put it ‘the good, the bad & the ugly’, in a funny and engaging manner. Tim’s postgraduate career has involved many jobs, from call centres to the heritage sector. In his most recent job at the Carnegie Museum in Melton, Tim has been working on a very exciting project with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps; with postgraduate careers, it’s always great to know that there’s light at the end of the tunnel!

Last but not least, Mike Fox told us of his work with the campaigning organisation SAVE Britain’s Heritage. Having completed a Masters in Urban Conservation, Mike set about putting theory into practice, participating in campaigns to try and preserve many historic buildings. While I can’t speak for anyone else in the audience, a particular favourite of mine was Wentworth Woodhouse, a large country house in danger of losing its ‘wings’, the house having been undermined for coal after the Second World War.

It was great to hear about career opportunities for postgraduates and what three former students have got up to since they left. All of the speakers were Centre for Urban History alumni and we thank Roey Sweet, Director of CUH, for helping to organise the event. Our next event comes this Friday (15th May) with a Ghost Tour of Leicester.

Aaron Andrews