I've decided to give career counseling a go. I've been utterly dissatisfied with my museum work lately, and wonder what else I can do for work. I worry that I'm over-niched and underqualified. I got a graduate degree specifically for museum work, and I've found almost no satisfaction from my work in collections management, which is what I always thought I wanted to do since undergrad. And those years that I've dedicated to museum collections management work have also been an opportunity cost - … [Read more...] about Career Counseling. AKA General Life Therapy
I’ve been free of the museum job and the Boss for two months now, and met my friends for a drink after work this evening. The first thing my BFF said was “You look GREAT! The lines on your face have gone WAY down!” So it’s not just me. I felt like that my museum job took years off my life, and other people saw it too. Can I sue for pain, suffering, and the cost of Restylane? … [Read more...] about How Bad Did I Look Before?
Sign that my dissertation is about a year overdue. My idiot boss used the term “cultural landscape” today. My dissertation topic used to be on the forefront, cutting edge. Now it's so common, so much a part of our conversations, so intuitively understood that my topic is increasingly boring, passé. I guess I'm officially old school. Maybe this is just what happens when it takes you forever to write a dissertation. The topic passes you by. … [Read more...] about It’s Official
All I do at work anymore is fundraise. The annual fundraiser is in three weeks, and my coworker (singular) and I have been working our asses off to make it go smoothly. I cannot believe how poorly planned the event is. With the Boss on her maternity leave, it’s up to me and the administrative assistant to make it happen. The board committee shows up for weekly meetings during which they play on their Blackberrys under the table while half-heartedly listening to whether we should have the same … [Read more...] about Underdevelopment
If you call a major museum and ask for the curator, you probably get handed off to some assistant to the assistant curator, or the registrar, or an office manager. If you call my museum and ask for the curator, you get me. 99 percent of these calls shouldn’t even make it to me, but our front desk volunteers are ancient and can’t follow instructions, nevermind filter my calls. So they just send them straight through to me. I get dozens of the following questions weekly, if not daily. You get … [Read more...] about Phone Tree
Okay, last straw. I have been doing all of the work that falls under my job title PLUS that of the Education Director, along with all of the work that would be done by the phantom archivist, collections manager, registrar, exhibit developer, IT department, and on and on. But today the hammer came down. My boss is about to embark on her maternity leave. There’s going to be no hiring or temp help during her leave. So during her leave I’m expected to take over her duties as well. In theory, … [Read more...] about Where’s My Maternity Leave?
One of the problems with working as much as I have been is I’m getting run down and sick a lot more often. Today I called in sick with strep throat. I can barely talk and I feel like crap. But not nearly as bad as I felt when the Boss yelled at me for taking a sick day. The crypt keepers volunteers meet once a month and have a speaker give a presentation before they hang out and bitch for the rest of the morning. Today I was scheduled to lead a brief talk. I was supposed to pull some things … [Read more...] about Employer of the Month
Yesterday was a rough day. One of the fundamental things that I expect from a boss is that s/he will be a leader, a visionary who can guide the organization. But the other is that s/he will be someone to whom I can take my questions and concerns so that we can work towards solutions together. Yesterday I went to the Boss with a major problem -- I have to present a program tomorrow to 250 kids and as of this moment, still have nothing to present. Today I’m stuck at the front desk taking … [Read more...] about Here We Go Again
Before the Thanksgiving holiday, we had a staff meeting about the fallout from Twitwit’s firing. No juicy details, but this is going to be major. Until the museum hires a new education director, I am to take over that position. All duties, responsibilities, and tasks of the education department. On top of my regular job. Which is the job of about 6 people. I’m the curator, but I’m also the registrar, collections manager, the exhibit developer, the volunteer coordinator, and the … [Read more...] about Work. Sigh.