What’s the best career-related advice you’ve ever received?
Someone very close to me once told me that sometimes, “good enough, is good enough” and I can’t express how much I have to remind myself of this. I always try to do my absolute best and give 100%, but sometimes, our expectations of ourselves can exceed reality and what we have the capacity to do – especially if we felt we could’ve done better.
I also live by the phrase “be afraid and do it anyway”, I think psychologist and author Susan Jeffers first came up with a version of this. It’s like that phrase, “when was the last time you did something for the first time?” So I always think “be afraid and try something new”.
What advice would you give someone looking to get into a similar role?
Network and build your own knowledge and understanding. Start by knowing what organisation or collection you might want to work with and who works there. See if the organisation run any workshops or events that you can go to, then go and network!
Next, look for programmes aimed at young people to help build your skill set if you don’t have relevant skills for the jobs advertised. The most important thing, however, is learning from interesting people in the industry, and having some knowledge and interest to spark good conversation.