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Welcome

A career in heritage is a rewarding one with many opportunities and challenges. Using quizzes and interactive tools, this site will lead you to discover:

  • Whether a career in heritage is right for you
  • The skills you need pursue in career in heritage
  • The multiple opportunities available in heritage
  • Tools and tips for getting your ideal job

If you have an interest in performing a career in heritage could be for you.

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Printable version

The Art of Storytelling: Careers In Heritage

The Art of Storytelling: Careers In Heritage

A classroom ready printable booklet.

You will find quizzes on a student's aptitudes and knowledge of the sector; articles and testimonials on career options and paths; and work search strategies including sample résumés and interview questions.

 

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The Art of Storytelling: Careers In Heritage

Introduction

A passion for capturing the stories, ancient and emerging, that this land and its peoples tell, is at the heart of a career in heritage. There are many stories, and many ways of telling them; a career in heritage means a wide range of options and possibilities. Research, conservation, restoration, preservation, collection, presentation, protection: these are some of the words that heritage people use when describing what they do. Are you fascinated by history, by the buildings, tools or traditions from years ago? Are you wondering how to take your passion for storytelling and direct it into a career? If you complement these interests by developing other skills related to design, computers or business, you will have a wealth of career options in the heritage sector.

The Art of Storytelling: Careers in Heritage is part of a series of online resources to help you research, plan and achieve your cultural career goals. The series was developed by the Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC), a national not for profit organization that represents artists and arts organizations across Canada, in consultation with those working in heritage. Explore CHRC's website to learn more about other careers in culture.


Website organization

Section 1 – What You Need to Know

In the first section, “What You Need to Know”, we:

  • Look at the various opportunities available in heritage.
  • Help you determine if a career in heritage might be for you;
  • Examine some of the things successful heritage workers have in common; and
  • Explore the future of heritage.

Section 2 – What You Need to Do

In the second section, “What You Need to Do”, we:

  • Explore the various educational paths you should follow in order to make your skills marketable in the competitive heritage field;
  • Show you how to market yourself by creating great cover letters, effective résumés, and performing well in interviews; and
  • Provide you with a list of helpful links, so that when you are ready to pursue your exciting new career, you will have all the tools at your disposal.

Storytelling careers

You'll find hundreds of occupations in the heritage field. Here are some examples:

Anthropologist
Archaeologist
Architect
Architectural historian
Archivist
Art & Artifact appraiser
Artist
Botanist
Collections manager/director
Communication manager
Composer
Conservation architect
Conservator
Cultural landscaper
Curator
Designer
Documentation specialist
Education programs officer
Event planner
Exhibitions specialist
Festival organizer
Folklorist
Fundraiser
Genealogist
Heritage tradesperson/ craftsperson
Heritage manager
Heritage planner/technician
Heritage site guide
Heritage tourism operator
Historical researcher
Historical interpreter
History teacher
Landscape architect
Librarian
Library, archive & heritage administrator
Marketing manager
Media manager
Military historian
Museum director
Natural heritage specialist
Photographer
Public relations manager
Records management specialist
Researcher
Restorer
Webmaster
Writer