Alternative Careers – Using Your      Postgraduate Degree             #alt-ac
#Alt-Academy was created by and for peoplewith deep training and experience in thehumanities, working or seeking employmen...
mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/
http://storify.com/briancroxall/alt-ac-advice/
• I randomly and aimlessly decided to do a Ph.D.• During my Ph.D. I became more interested in  records than history• I fel...
• While I was in the British Library• I did a lot of cataloguing• I was a trade union representative, so learned a  lot ab...
• I went to the University of Sheffield to  promote the study of Freemasonry• The library bug bit me again, and I went to ...
• Is this really #alt-ac or is it #ac?• Is #alt-ac just libraries, archives, museums?• The range of potential jobs is imme...
• Consider a professional qualification: ARA or CILIP• National institutions• Not all the best jobs need to be curatorial ...
Go to the library. Meet the cool info pros whowork there & get new ideas about what to dowith your degree/passion. #altaca...
#altacadvice Thinking "I really want Job X, but maybe this #alt-ac job Idont much care abt will bridge me there" is a Bad ...
#altacadvice To be really successful in an #alt-ac jobsearch, you should CHOOSE this path. Dont consider it just aplan B. ...
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  1. 1. Alternative Careers – Using Your Postgraduate Degree #alt-ac
  2. 2. #Alt-Academy was created by and for peoplewith deep training and experience in thehumanities, working or seeking employment —generally off the tenure track, but within theacademic orbit — in universities and colleges, orallied knowledge and cultural heritageinstitutions such asmuseums, libraries, academic presses, historicalsocieties, and governmental humanitiesorganizations.
  3. 3. mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/
  4. 4. http://storify.com/briancroxall/alt-ac-advice/
  5. 5. • I randomly and aimlessly decided to do a Ph.D.• During my Ph.D. I became more interested in records than history• I felt I wanted to spend more time with those records• I tried for a post in the Public Record Office but was unsuccessful• I managed to get a job in the British Library which was completely unrelated to my interests
  6. 6. • While I was in the British Library• I did a lot of cataloguing• I was a trade union representative, so learned a lot about other parts of the Library• I organised exhibitions and loans• I had a chance to write some books• I helped plan the new library building• I learned about library systems• I became involved in digitisation of manuscripts and in planning web sites
  7. 7. • I went to the University of Sheffield to promote the study of Freemasonry• The library bug bit me again, and I went to Lampeter as Librarian• But did I want to help rebuild higher education in south-west Wales?• Came to Glasgow – crossing back across divide again• Then to London
  8. 8. • Is this really #alt-ac or is it #ac?• Is #alt-ac just libraries, archives, museums?• The range of potential jobs is immense:• Auction houses; picture research; theatres; records management; oral history; family history; house history; publishing; public history; document storage; law; parliament; British Council; exhibitions• Many ideas at public history websites: http://www.history.org.uk/resources/public_reso urce_2914_76.html
  9. 9. • Consider a professional qualification: ARA or CILIP• National institutions• Not all the best jobs need to be curatorial e.g. exhibitions• Volunteering• Many of the best jobs may not yet have been invented• Useful websites:• www.cilip.org.uk/jobs-careers• www.museumsjobs.com/uk• http://www.nationalmuseums.org.uk/jobs/
  10. 10. Go to the library. Meet the cool info pros whowork there & get new ideas about what to dowith your degree/passion. #altacadviceStewart Varner3 months ago@briancroxall Most #alt-ac jobs are newlyminted & there is rarely a blueprint. Embracethe unknowns & have courage. #atlacadviceshanakimball3 months ago#altacadvice: attend as many workshops,lectures, events, & parties thrown by thecommunity youre interested in joining as youcan.ericdmj3 months ago
  11. 11. #altacadvice Thinking "I really want Job X, but maybe this #alt-ac job Idont much care abt will bridge me there" is a Bad Idea. It shows.ericdmj3 months agoLearn to do a job talk that ISNT a dissertation talk. #altacadvice (VITALfor acad libs, so much so I make my libschool students do em)RepoRat3 months ago#altacadvice Work to understand the culture of the org/field if yourestepping out of the academy (e.g. into museums) for the first time.ericdmj
  12. 12. #altacadvice To be really successful in an #alt-ac jobsearch, you should CHOOSE this path. Dont consider it just aplan B. #jobmarketBriancroxallTrue, gotta be ready to leap:RT @wynkenhimself: Serendipitydoesnt exist for people who arent ready to take advantage ofit. #altacadvicesherah1918@briancroxall Never use the "alt-ac" in an application:present yourself as the best "ac" for the job, not the best "alt-ac" #altacadvicefoundhistory3 months ago

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