What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?
It would be to make make sure you have paid part-time work. Yes, you need to spend time outside, reading and going to events, but you also need to make sure you have money to pay your rent and fund going to these events.
Some of the tickets for the shows – until you make the networks and can get in for free – are really expensive, and they add up. Even if you’re working full-time, it can be hard to fund going to all of these things.
What advice would you give to someone looking to get into a similar role?
Make your needs clear at job interviews, because it’s the first chance to be clear about how you will work together. When I was working at Christie’s, I said that I needed one day off in the middle of the week because I’m neurodivergent, and that it was high pressure work. I took the day off to decompress, but also to do research. So even if you have a full-time job, just ask if they can be flexible and swap it for a Saturday.
Also, pick the right job for you. There are always multiple ways for you to get access to the same sort of career. Do you want to be a research assistant in a library or another institution? Pick the place that will make you comfortable and take your time. If you’re studying, take your third year to actually research jobs so you don’t have to be broke for months after university.
We Get to Chose Our Families, curated by Helen Davison in collaboration with Pacheanne Anderson, Ansh Meeta and E-J Scott, is on at Whitechapel Gallery until 7 August.