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Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP)

BUILDING YOUR NETWORK

Training Classes for those New to the Museum Field

If you are a student about to enter the museum field or if you are new to the museum field you should attend MPMA's 2017 EMP Training Sessions!

EMP sessions are part of MPMA's 2017 Conference. To attend these sessions, you must register for the conference.

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We have all been there and wondered what happens after graduation or if you switch fields. How do I break into the museum field? How do I get a job?  Should I do an internship? How should I dress? What do I look for in an institution? Who do I ask for help?

MPMA’s EMP sessions will help you answer these questions while building your professional network.

You will have the chance to talk to directors to find out what they look for in potential employees and to recently graduated EMPs to learn how they landed their first museum job. One-on-one resume counseling will provide you customized assistance.

By attending EMP sessions, you will make friends who will help you "Get out there" during the conference to meet potential employers and mentors. So sign up and take your first step into a larger world!

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There are EMP Sessions for All Levels of Emerging:

EMP Level 1 – Students newly graduated/about to graduate/looking for their first museum job

EMP Level 2 – Professionals with 1-3 years of professional experience in the field

EMP Level 3 – Professionals with 3+ years at or near mid-career

SCHOLARSHIPS 

Need help making it to the conference? Apply for a scholarship! MPMA and its affiliates have several scholarships available for students and new professionals. Go here for MPMA's Scholarship Application.  Deadline is June 9, 2017.

Conference Highlights for EMPs

EMP ORIENTATION:            Monday, October 16, 2017 (EMP Level 1) 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

EMP Happy Hour:                  Monday, October 16,2017   9:30 p.m.

EMP RESUME REVIEW:     Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (All Levels) 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

EMP Hiring 101:                       Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (All Levels) 8:45 am - 10:00 a.m.

EMP Session and Event Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Monday, October 16, 2017

EMP Orientation    12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Aimed at EMP Level 1 for Students who will be entering the professional world.
Orientation includes EMP 1 – EMP 4

MPMA presents a series of sessions held at the beginning of the conference and aimed at Emerging Museum Professionals who are wondering, “What happens after graduation? How do I get a job or internship? How do I dress? How do I know if an institution is right for me? Who do I ask for help?”  This orientation to the museum field will help you answer these questions while building your professional network. The orientation is also designed to help EMPs navigate a professional museum conference.  You will make friends in these sessions who will help you “Get out there” during the conference so that you can meet potential employers and mentors. 

EMP Orientation Coordinators:  Chair: Patti Wood Finkle, Director, Casper College Museums, Casper, WY (MPMA Scholarship Class of 2008); Co-Chair:  Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY

EMP 1   12:00- 12:40- Lunch Meeting and Orientation: Introduction to MPMA and Building Your Contacts
The EMP orientation will introduce participants to MPMA, offer suggestions on how to create professional contacts, and navigating the transition from student to professional.

Presenters: Patti Wood Finkle, Director, Casper College Museums, Casper, WY; Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY; Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS; Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Colorado Territorial Museum Guthrie, OK

EMP 2     12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.    Dress for Success and Interviewing Tips
In this session we’ll cover interview tips, making a good impression and how to dress for success.        

Presenters:  Shaley K. George, Curator, National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS; Casey Seger, Registrar, Deadwood History-Days of '76 Museum, Deadwood, SD (MPMA Scholarship Class of 2014)

EMP 3     1:40 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.  How Did YOU Get There from HERE? Talk to Newly Minted EMP’s
You can get a job doing what you love! This panel of EMPs will discuss how they got their current positions and offer tips to help you get started.

Presenters:  Shaley K. George, Curator, National Orphan Train Complex, Concordia, KS; Casey Seger, Registrar, Deadwood History-Days of '76 Museum, Deadwood, SD (MPMA Scholarship Class of 2014); Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS     

EMP 4    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Hiring 101: Internships
This panel of directors, hiring managers, and supervisors highlights what they look for in internship applicants. (aimed at students). 

Presenters:  Nathan Turner, Regional Director, Museums and Historic Sites, Colorado Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK; Jamie Melissa Wilms, Director of Education, Molly Brown House Museum, Denver, CO; Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museum & Park, Golden, CO 

EMP Happy Hour:   Monday, October 16,2017   9:30 p.m.– 11:00 p.m.
Unwind after a long day of conference activities with a drink and food.  EMPs and EMPs-at-heart are welcome to attend and build community over 240 Union’s upscale American cuisine and cocktails. No-Host Event.

Organizers:  MPMA-EMP Co-Chairs: Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Oklahoma Territorial Museum Guthrie, OK; Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS; Denver EMP Chair:  Gillian Armstrong, Database Specialist, Children's Museum of Denver, Denver, CO

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - For Any EMP Level

EMP 5   8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.   Resume Building, Cover Letters, CVs, Individualized Resume Review
Writing a resume can be difficult. Learn what to include and how to arrange the information to create an outstanding museum resume. This session will also look at ways you can build and improve your resume for landing that job and how volunteering and other experiences can bulk up your resume. This is an opportunity to have a set of trained eyes review your resume. (Aimed at all level of EMPs)

Presenters:  Valerie Innella Maiers, Professor, Museum Studies and Art History, Casper College, Casper, WY; Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museum & Park, Golden, CO; Michael Williams, Assistant Curator, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - For Any EMP Level

EMP 6   8:30- 9:45 Hiring 101: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

This panel of directors, hiring managers, and supervisors highlights what they look for in applicants. (Aimed at all level of EMPs)

Presenters:  Stephen L. Whittington, Executive Director, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, Leadville, CO; Nathan Turner, Regional Director, Museums and Historic Sites, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Guthrie, OK; Jamie Melissa Wilms, Director of Education, Molly Brown House Museum, Denver, CO; Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museum & Park, Golden, CO

E5   10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. EMPs Stack the Deck in Your Favor (EMP)

Come listen to seasoned professionals discuss the skills (technical & soft) that ensure a successful career. An opportunity for EMP’s of all levels to hear from retired professionals what skills are most valuable and in demand in the museums profession. This session is open to everyone, but EMP’s are encouraged to come ask our expert panelists for advice about how to craft your professional development.

Chairs: MPMA-EMP Co-Chairs: Erin Brown, Curator of Collections, Oklahoma Territorial Museum Guthrie, OK; Kristin Martin, Educator, Museum of World Treasures, Wichita, KS

Presenters: Peter Tirrell, Associate Director (Ret.), Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK; Geri Thomas, President, Thomas & Associates, Inc., New York, NY; Jan Bernstein, Managing Director, Bernstein & Associates, LLC, Denver, CO; Andrew Jay Svedlow, Professor of Art History, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

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