Complementary training to increase your professional profile.

Apr 01, 2017

Currently, any professional working in a museum is developing increasingly diverse functions.

As far as museum educators are concerned, interdisciplinary competences are often required, which require continuous training to enrich our profile.

Here are some recommendations that I think can serve to complement our training.

Sociocultural animation. Museum educators are often trained as a Monitor or Coordinator of Leisureand we are currently governed by the same framework agreement. So if you are interested in entering the sector, or if you want to improve on issues such as coordination of a team, risk assessment in the design of activities can be a good complement.

Exhibition curator: Another interesting way to learn is how to design an exhibition, how to select the pieces, the way to order and express through the speech, the procedures to follow  or even know how to be critical with what we see throughout the galleries is certainly a good training to consider. Nowdays there are many courses, face-to-face and online that allow training in a quick and simple way.

Languages Before the possible challenge as it is a visit with students of Spanish, to inform tourists of what is in the museum or simply to want to discover foreign bibliography is necessary a good handling of languages like English and French. Luckily there is plenty of online material, and free or subsidized courses that can help you with it.

New tecnologies: The rise of the digital tecnologies can be an ally for our work in museums. If you know how to design and manage an accessible web page, create a video application to promote the activities that you are done, create an application for the phone that guides and help into the galleries or how to interact with Online visitors maybe your job will be better on the education department.

Accessibility and inclusive competences:

One of the great challenges of our profile is to make the museum for everyone more than a beautiful phrase. Learning how to work with autism, what barriers we can overcome for reduced mobility or if we can have a basic Sign Language management will greatly improve the impression of the Museum.

Artistic techniques: On many occasions we find that our training is more theoretical than practical. Then it is time to try out new artistic techniques that will help us to develop more complex workshops: engraving, patchwork, dump, screen printing can help us get out of the cut and coloring.

Definitely these proposals can be a good complement to our training, but surely you come up with more ideas to do, and you? what do you recommend?

Alvaro Juanas Fominaya Museum’s Educator. Master’s Degree in Museum Sciences, Education and Communication. University of Saragossa.