Monday, 8 March 2010

My AMA begins

Right, I've just sent off my AMA CPD plan so, providing it gets accepted, today is the official start date of me being able to log activity towards my AMA. This will therefore, hopefully, give me stuff to blog about again after a rather long silence.

For those of you that don't know, the AMA (Associateship of the Museums Association) is a continuing professional development programme run by the Museums Association. It basically encourages you to look at what areas you work in now that you want to improve on and where you want to go in the future and then guides you through how to get there and improve your skills. It's basically what you should be doing anyway to improve your career but within an organised framework that employers recognise and that hopefully gives you the structure to keep it going when time is tight (that's the theory anyway!)

I have aims to use my current role to improve on my skills in the following areas:
  • project management
  • people management
  • evaluation
  • web accessibility and standards
  • e-Learning theory and practice
  • strategic development
In terms of future aspirations, I want to keep my options open. I'm still in my late 20s and I'm in a job that's quite specific and that doesn't exist in a lot of museums. I feel like I don't want to shut any doors, so I want to try and keep my finger in as many other 'museum pies' as possible as well as e-Learning. A lot of the skills in my role are quite transferable so that's good, but I also want to work on my subject knowledge and keep my hand in with writing and research and exhibitions. Lastly, I want to finish my AMA with a better idea of what jobs are out there and what skills I need to work on to move up to them.

Throughout my AMA I'll be reading books, attending courses, interviewing people in more senior roles and I have to keep a log of it all. I'm hoping to use my blog to do that so if you're interested in Museums, in e-Learning, and in project and people management, then please add me to your RSS feeds and help me through!

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Blogger Sian said...

Hurray! Who is your mentor? I'm always happy to help you out with your AMA if you want. I'm currently doing an Institute of Leadership and Management Award, so that's good for people and project management, and as a Museum Curator in a local authority museum, I can give you a bit of insight into a senior post in the provinces.

9 March 2010 at 08:02  
Blogger Rhiannon Looseley said...

Thanks Sian! My mentor is Emma Shepley at the Royal College of Physicians. I may be in touch as and when I need people to interview then!

9 March 2010 at 09:51  

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