I am always fascinated by how life can move at such unexpected speeds. The week after my birthday was a bit of a whirlwind. I had a job interview for a collections assistant position, was offered the job and then went on vacation for a week. It has taken me almost a year since we moved to the area to get a collections related job, let alone in a museum. I am beyond thrilled. Ecstatic really. I was starting to get really discouraged at one point. I applied to just about anything I even remotely qualified for without any bites. Hopefully I can ride out this enthusiasm and make a solid difference in how the museum manages their collection.
This week is my first week at the new job. To say I have hit the ground running is a bit of an understatement. I really have my work cut out for me. The museum’s collection is in need of reorganizing and revamping it’s collections management procedures. I have had a serious number of cringe worthy moments seeing how these objects have been managed. My new coworkers are warm and welcoming, and seem genuinely interested in working as a team, so I hope that this is a good indication of how things will continue to operate.
This process of finally breaking into the field has brought a couple things to light. The first being that the job posting never listed a salary or wage rate. This is becoming a big issue in the museum field and many professionals are starting to push back. Professional groups are no longer sharing job postings that don’t list a salary or wage, and individuals have even turned down job offers explicitly stating the earnings were not a livable wage.
The second being that I was asked during the interview what my required earnings would be, and the third is that the number of working hours just falls short of full time. In my desperation for work in this field, I short changed myself in what my required earnings were. After the probationary period I intend on asking for a raise and remedying this, but it further highlights how professionals in this field are undervalued and in some ways taken advantage of. It’s a buyer’s market with a flood of candidates applying to a limited number of positions.