Heritage Careers Day

Issued: Wed, 30 Sep 2020 15:22:00 BST

Via Zoom

Thursday November 12th 2020, 10am - 2pm

Please note that this event has now passed. If you are interested in watching the recordings of the sessions, go to our SGSAH Heritage Careers Event youtube playlist.

Thinking about a career in heritage? We are delighted to invite you to our Heritage Careers Day 2020, where our line-up of expert speakers will share their own experiences of working in the sector, and how their PhD provided them with the transferable skills, knowledge and experience needed. The event will cover:

• Opportunities in heritage – an introduction to job types within the heritage sector;

• Planning ahead – participants will be encouraged to think about what skills and experience they may need to prepare them for careers in the heritage sector;

• Pathways – participants will hear from a range of heritage professionals about their career path since completing their PhD;

• Applications and ‘careers shopping' - an insight into heritage job sources and applications. 

This event is open to arts and humanities PhD students in Scotland registered at a SGSAH member HEI


10am Welcome

10.15am Panel Session; ‘Introduction to Heritage Careers’ with

-Dr Alix Powers-Jones, Operations Manager, National Trust for Scotland.

-Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, University of Glasgow.

-Ranald MacInnes, Head of Place and Publications, Historic Environment Scotland.

11.15-11.30am Break

11.30am Panel Session ‘From Doctorate to Heritage Career – How Did I Get Here?’ with:

-Dr Doug Rocks-Macqueen, Gig Economy Master (Dig It!, Archaeology Scotland, Landward Archaeology).

-Dr Laura Harrison Cultural Resources Advisor, Historic Environment Scotland.

12.30-12.40pm Break

12.40pm-1.10pm The SGSAH Internship Experience;

Former interns Lindsay Middleton and Dr Lucie Whitmore join us to briefly explore the logistics and how to fully exploit the benefits of undertaking a (paid) work-based internship while studying for a PhD.

1.10pm Applying for Jobs;

Dr Devon McHugh will discuss places to find heritage jobs advertised, salaries and expected rates of progression, and ways in to the industry.

1.40pm Closing comments.