professional development


The benefits of having a mentor can be invaluable to professionals at any career stage. Mentors can help with setting and achieving career goals, learning new skills, or offering a fresh perspective when you are facing challenges at work. Mentor relationships don’t exclusively benefit the mentee alone, however. Many mentors report feeling a sense of satisfaction from being able to help another...

Your personal brand communicates who you are as a professional and what you want to be known for. Defining your own personal brand is important for your growth as a professional, as it helps you take control over shaping and molding your own career trajectory. Establishing a personal brand is a great exercise for helping to give you clarity about your strengths as an employee and placing you on...

Western Museums Association presents Professional Development Corner, a series of posts to help you navigate your museum career, find your next step, and get INSPIRED to do great things in the field. Stay tuned for more in this series to help you make the most of #wma2018 - and beyond!
 
Networking! It’s such an important aspect when developing professionally, especially when attending a...

The Western Museums Association (WMA) is excited to announce the addition of a new annual award: the WMA Impact Award. Created by the WMA board, this new award is focused on recognizing mid-career museum professionals.
"Mid-career professionals are the foundation of the museum profession. They've dedicated themselves to making museums thrive and succeed, stayed in the field when faced with...

By Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
Let’s face it, for many people museum work can be lonely work. That’s one reason that it is great that there are so many interesting, educational and inspiring podcasts available. Tune it to one of these while you are working this week and let us know what you think. Also if you have a podcast, you’d like added...

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
No matter what point you are in your career, figuring out how to navigate the ins and outs of your job, as well as preparing yourself for the next growth opportunity can be greatly assisted through mentorship. Research shows that women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups do better than the...
By Kate Skelly

Burnout is a problem in all sectors, but non-profit workers can be especially vulnerable to workplace fatigue. Many museum workers face expanding job responsibilities, long hours, and stagnant wages. Koven Smith does a good job of outlining the current spate of museum worker fatigue in his blog post, “Why are we so tired?”.
 
Becoming overwhelmed at work is not only bad for you,...
Professional conferences are a fantastic arena to learn and grow through attending sessions, networking with peers, and exposure to organizational, theoretical, and geographical perspectives. However, taking advantage of this type of opportunity often is a matter of finances.
The Western Museums Association (WMA) offers the Wanda Chin Scholarship to assist member’s financial needs and ultimately...
By Alexa Beaman
In preparing to present as a part of the panel “Defining Leadership Across Generational Divides” at the Western Museums Association 2015 Annual Meeting, I reflected on moderator James Burns’ question of how established leaders can work together with emerging leaders to build a stronger profession and stronger institutions. And with that I also thought, how could I provide insight...
By Anne Rowe
Professional conferences are peculiar gatherings. It took me two conferences to figure out that it’s not important whether your next session is in the Tango or Tierra room. What’s really important is this: once you find the right conference room, whom are you sitting next to? Nobody prepared me for this reality so I will try to save you some time with one tip as you prepare for the...

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