My meeting this week was with a talented group of project mentors, who bring, in total, decades worth of experience to the table. To get to know each other better, we began by talking about what we wish we knew when we began our first museum jobs. Here's what we shared:
- That what I learned as a camp counselor would be far more useful than what I learned in graduate school.
- That I could temper my expectations and be more realistic.
- No matter how good the programming or exhibits, all the board cares about is the bottom line.
- Customer service never ends. Every time the phone rings you have to be on your A+ behavior.
- That all institutions are so different from each other.
- That when you come to work in an institution, there's a whole host of existing relationships that you can only guess at.
- I have to be me--not what others expect.
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