Career Management

Finding Ways to Respect the Past (But not the way you think)

A white man and a black man sit at a table discussing something important.

It’s never easy starting a new job, or being the new person at a museum, Joan Baldwin shares why it is so important to try and set your own bias aside when trying to fit in to a new place of work.

“Sometimes being part of a staff is like those moments where you sit with family and remember a childhood incident. Half your cousins and siblings recall a side-splittingly funny moment. The other half?  Shock and embarrassment.”

– Joan Baldwin

How many of us have found ourselves the new person on a museum staff? We join a program or department in a historic site, museum, garden or zoo. We're new. Everyone else isn't. In contrast to our Skype conversation and our subsequent day-long, in-person interview our colleagues seem a tad cranky.

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