In five words, describe your place in the sector.
Humanities collections generalist, ever learning.
What first drew you to the sector i.e. Do you have a particular memory of a moment that got you hooked?
My parents are museum and art gallery goers. I have fond memories of the Dominion Museum building in Wellington (I used to call it the Muzealand, for Museum of New Zealand) and best of all I liked the deep sea fish and would lean against the wooden handrail that separated me from the intriguing looking creatures in their captivating deep sea world. But to complement this, my parents would always drag me and my sister around antique stores when we were little. So when I finished my undergrad and didn’t know what to do with my life – I knew I liked old things, new things and learning so I found Museum and Heritage Studies at Vic and started there.
What challenges have you faced in your career so far?
I’ve faced a few challenges along the way in my career where I’ve felt pigeonholed and my skills have not been developed as much as I would have liked in some roles, but I am learning to advocate for myself and create more opportunities. Recently I had the chance to do a 6 month secondment and this was a great experience for me. It would be great if institutions could offer more opportunities to current staff to develop and grow their capabilities from within.
Has anything or anyone in particular provided you with support?
I have an incredibly strong network of incredible people throughout New Zealand (Australia and the UK now too) and would say it is mostly due to the hard work and dedication of Michelle Sim and Talei Langley who are/were the backbone of the EMPNZ network.
And of course, my family and my friends.
What do you think people at your own level (emerging etc) bring to the sector?
Enthusiasm, hard work, determination and fresh ideas.
What is a positive change you would like to see in the sector?
For more cross-GLAM sector employment, for skills to be less specific and more generic, if we train our sector to be resilient against change and have a broad variety of skills then we will all be better off.
What is your karaoke song?
Lovefool by the Cardigans (badly)