When Life Happens SHA Can Help
– by Cindy Olsen
The March 26 SHA Blog Movin’ Movin’ Movin’ mentioned that alumni often change jobs shortly after attending. I did relocate and change jobs within three years of attending SHA but not as a direct result of the program. My husband was offered a new position that moved us 700 miles from St. Paul, Minnesota, to Detroit, Michigan, and I found myself looking for a new job.
The program gave me stronger skills for applying for jobs. My 2010 classmates and SHA network gave me potential job opportunities and much needed emotional support. I could even reach out and get the inside scoop on museums that were potential employers.
When I jumped into contract work to hold me over, it was my SHA connections that gave me my first two projects. It was my SHA connections that opened the door for my permanent position as Director of Material Culture at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House. The skills I learned at SHA and the connections I made through this program enabled me to get this job and do the best work I can with this awesome historic house and its collection.
Not bad for a three week program……
Director of Material Culture
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House