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2015 - 2019
Museum Operation Manager
It was a parents’ evening, and my dad and I sat down at my favourite teacher’s table. Instead of telling my dad that I wasn’t doing great, she turned to me and told me how I was doing, and she followed it with “but you know this anyway”. It’s an odd one I know, but it’s the moment I realised just how much the staff at UTC cared for me, and knew and understood me
My biggest takeaway from my journey so far is that just because something doesn’t lead anywhere directly, or if you didn’t necessarily enjoy it, you still gain so much in the process. Everything we do, we learn from, and it shapes us. Even if it’s not learning about the thing we’re doing, we might learn about ourselves as individuals. I’ve learnt that you can’t possibly plan everything out. Go with the flow. Decision making is scary, but it’s empowering too.
Growing up I’ve always had an interest in design. I moved to the UTC — at the time aiming to be an architect. I’ve always had an idea of what I wanted to do, but after completing several spells of work experience in multiple practices, it made me realise that perhaps I wasn’t so sure anymore.
I finished my A-Levels and went to BCU to complete a degree in Business Management. I did some volunteering at a small community gallery in Wolverhampton. I started emailing everywhere possible about opportunities — museums, galleries — and just one place replied. The Holst Victorian House museum took me on as a Front of House volunteer. As I slowly took on more responsibilities there, a government grant enabled me to take on a paid role there for 6 months as Museum Assistant. In December 2022, 15 months after I’d started there, my boss was leaving, and I was offered the opportunity to replace her as Operations Manager.
Sadly, as the funding comes to an end, my current role will have to too, and I’ll need to move on from the museum. I’d like to move towards a more people-focused role next. Events management, stylist, etc. I’m also working on my own archival menswear store and I would love to see this grow.