EP Network Workshops


REGISTRATION FOR THE EP NETWORK WORKSHOPS IS NOW CLOSED. Please email emergingprofessionals@museumsaustralia.org.au if you would like to make a last minute request.

Are you in the early-stages of your career, new to the industry or studying towards a career the sector? Then these workshops are for you!

The Emerging Professionals National Network is hosting three career workshops in conjunction with MGA2018.

These workshops are designed to help early-career GLAM professionals develop their skills and confidence in applying for jobs and building their profile in the sector to achieve their career goals.

When: Monday 4 June, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, MELBOURNE VIC

MGA Emerging Professionals National Network members $30.00

Non-members $50.00

Contact: emergingprofessionals@museumsaustralia.org.au

Spaces are strictly limited.

These workshops are generously supported by:


Interview skills (20 pax)
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Facilitator: Paul Bowers

Paul Bowers, Director Exhibitions and Collections at ACMI, will guide you through preparation, interview formats and techniques for managing nerves.

Paul is Director Exhibitions and Collections at ACMI, Melbourne and an elected council member for Museums and Galleries Australia for whom he has recently become the Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He has led audience-centred exhibition programming across major institutions in Australia and the UK. Professional interests include raising the authority of audiences in experience development, streamlining creative development and delivery and supporting the emergence of the next generation of museum leaders. He’s an infrequent blogger at medium.com/museum-musings.

At Museums Victoria, Melbourne, Paul created the Experience Development team, delivered major travelling exhibition projects, and steered long term renewal including the development of the Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at Melbourne Museum’s, and a new experience for teenagers at Scienceworks. Prior to this, Paul held leadership positions including Head of Exhibitions & Design at the National Railway Museum in York and Project Director at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington in the UK.

Application writing (20 pax)
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Facilitator: Kate Cowie

From dissecting the job description to putting pen to paper, Kate Cowie will provide advice on how to craft the perfect cover letter, sculpt your CV and address selection criteria.

Kate Cowie is an experienced senior executive who has worked extensively in the museum and heritage sectors.

Leadership and team dynamics, change management, strategic planning and career coaching are included in Kate’s current professional expertise. Kate is an experienced facilitator and is accredited in Team Management Systems Profiles.

Kate has worked in mainstream HR and change management, and specialises in the museum and cultural heritage sectors, including undertaking Leadership Programs run by the Getty Institute, Los Angeles and Museums Australia.

Kate is currently developing career resources including facilitating career development workshops.

Curating your online presence (30 pax)
1:00pm – 5:00pm
Facilitator: Dr Regan Forrest

What does your online presence say about you? Are you standing out for the right reasons? Dr Regan Forrest will guide you on how to build and manage your digital identity and why this is essential.

Dr Regan Forrest has been working in the museums and informal learning sector for nearly 20 years, in a career spanning exhibition design, interpretive planning, visitor research and management. She is passionate about audiences and understanding the museum experience from the visitor perspective. She is well-known in the museums Twittersphere as @interactivate, and during her PhD was a regular blogger on museums, visitor studies, culture and society. She is currently Manager of Visitor Experience at the South Australian Museum in Adelaide.