Industry Insights: Careers in Museums Recap

On Thursday, November 5, the Education, Nonprofit & Government Career Community at DePaul hosted a panel discussion with current professionals in the museum industry to speak about their roles and experiences working in museums. The panelists shared their journeys of how they ended up in this industry and provided some insights for students on how to break into the field. 

Panelists were asked questions around different themes, including overviews of their roles, recommended hard and soft skills to have for this industry, advice for students and alumni to break into the museum industry, and more. 

Our volunteer panelists included:

  • Madeline Shearer, Assistant Director of Institutional Relations at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Lorien Yonker, Curatorial Associate for the Arts of Africa and Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium at the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Molly Butler, Marketing Coordinator at the Field Museum
  • Catherine Anchin, Acting Associate Director for Advancement and External Affairs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC

How One of the Panelists Started Her Museum Journey

“When I was a senior in undergrad, I started reaching out to museum professionals whether on LinkedIn or email and just saying, “Hi I’m a student and I’m really interested in your job, do you mind chatting with me for half an hour?” That way you start to really build a network, because museum jobs are few and far between, especially now. The more relationships you have and connections you build can really give you a leg up when those decisions open up.”

Interested in setting up an informational interview? Check out this resource in our career library!

Important Advice for Succeeding and Advancing in Museum Roles

“Be prepared to advocate for yourself. In my experience, our work is quite a bit more fast paced than people imagine and we’re on from one project to the next continually. So, if you do get your foot in the door and want to advance, you really have to get comfortable putting yourself out there and advocating for yourself. I know that doesn’t always come naturally to people, myself included, so it’s something I really had to work at and practice in other areas of my life. That really served me well in advancing to the kind of position I was hoping to get.”

Check out the full recording of the event below!

Health Care & Science: Top podcasts to learn more about the industry

Spending a lot more time at home? Need something to keep you busy on your outdoor walks? One great way to gain insider knowledge into Health Care & Science careers is by listening to podcasts! 

Podcasts are usually free, often created by fantastic experts, and can help you learn no matter where you are in your career journey. Listen through Spotify, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or any comparable app.  

  • The #HCBiz Show: #HCBiz describes itself as a “practical podcast on the business of healthcare.” Hosts Don Lee and Shahid Shah help break down challenges in healthcare, why they exist and how to work around them, plus they explore psychology, healthcare IT, policy and administration. A well-rounded listen for anyone interested in the intersections of healthcare and business or healthcare and IT!
  • Healthcare Rap: A unique combination, for sure! Podcast team “#digitalhealth influencer” and rapper Jared Johnson and health care industry veteran Peter Balistrieri discuss new ways to market health care. Join their posse for unique insights on health care presented in an approachable format! 
  • Science Vs: Join super enthusiastic host Wendy Zuckerman and her team of friendly fact checkers as they disprove “your firmly held opinions and replace them with science…wondering whether you should drink detox teas like an insta-celeb, or believe your drunk uncle’s rant about gun control?” Listen in and learn today!
  • Ologies with Alie Ward: Maybe you’re an aspiring biologist… but do you know about toxinology (the study of jellyfish venom) or gastroegyptology (the science of bread baking!) or plumology (the study of feathers)? Learn about “ologies” familiar and exotic in this unique science podcast!-Gastropod: Gastropod “looks at food through the lens of science and history.” Co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley cook up two new episodes a month, and their most recent delves into “the most dangerous fruit in America” (the watermelon, thanks to its intertwining history with racism).  Listen and learn (preferably on a full stomach!)

Key takeaways:

  • Podcasts are a fantastic way to learn about employers, industries and career paths
  • Use your extra time at home or when walking to learn through podcasts
  • Check out our recommended health care & science podcasts and ask your friends, professors and internship supervisors for recommendations too!

Meet Sadie Freedman, Product Manager at CancerIQ

The Health Care & Science (HCS) Career Community wants to introduce students to a wide range of careers. Students may be familiar with popular clinical roles (nurse, physician, veterinarian), but not with jobs like healthcare data analytics, health administration, or biotech research.  

CancerIQ is a digital health startup company that helps health care providers “use genetic information to predict, pre-empt, and prevent disease – starting with cancer.” In this interview, Debbie Kaltman (HCS Employer Engagement Specialist) met with Sadie Freedman, a Product Manager at CancerIQ, to discuss her education and career journey, current job responsibilities, future goals in the health technology field, and insights to students. 

Sadie’s background and passion for genetics and healthcare services allowed her to gain an internship with CancerIQ, which opened her to a world of new career opportunities in telehealth. In her full-time role as Project Manager, she works closely with CancerIQ’s sales, customer success, development, and marketing teams to oversee the products, take in and implement customer feedback, look into new product ideas, and improve current products. Inspired by CancerIQ’s software “pointing out patients that a provider never would have thought to do increased screenings on and catching cancers in earlier stages”, Sadie expressed that she has found a rewarding career that she plans to continue developing.

A valuable token of advice from Sadie for current students: “One thing I was missing as an undergraduate was awareness of potential career paths, so try to explore what is out there”.

Check out the full video below to learn more!

Don’t forget to visit CancerIQ’s Careers Page for their upcoming Summer Interships!

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Health Care & Science

Updated 8/21/2020

HCS Hospital Spotlight: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

In this new Health Care & Science Career Community series, we will be highlighting a different hospital system each month!  

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) describes itself as “the first-ever “translational” research hospital where clinicians, scientists, innovators and technologists work together in the same space, applying research in real time to physical medicine and rehabilitation.”  AbilityLab is a global leader in rehabilitation for adults and children with “innovation centers” for brain, spinal cord, nerve/muscle/bone, pediatric and cancer-related injuries and conditions.  AbilityLab conducts research and is a training site for physical therapy, occupational therapy and medical students too.  They even have a state-of-the-art adaptive sports and fitness facility to ensure people of all abilities can stay active!

A major hospital like the AbilityLab has 3000+ employees, and they are currently hiring!

Interested in research?  Apply to be a Research Assistant in the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research.  Work as a Patient Dining Assistant in a part-time role or as a Laboratory Technician in a full-time position.  Learn about rehab work as a Rehabilitation Technician.  Nursing students and alumni can also view AbilityLab’s nursing careers page to apply for current openings.  To apply and to find more open positions, visit the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s careers page.  

Many other hospital employers regularly post jobs on Handshake, so remember to complete your Handshake profile!   There are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now! Meet with your Health Care & Science Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 


Updated 7/17/2020

In this new Health Care & Science Career Community series, we will be highlighting a different hospital system each month!  

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is a health care system with five hospitals and a 900-physician outpatient practice.  NorthShore serves as a primary teaching hospital site for medical students attending the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine.  Additionally, NorthShore has its own research institution and philanthropy foundation.  

Between the hospitals and outpatient practice offices, over 10,000 people work for NorthShore!

NorthShore is currently hiring!  They are hiring for CNAs, EMTs and Student Nurses for their Patient Care Technician role, a great entry-level health care position.  Many positions (include Patient Care Technicians) only require a high school diploma, so you can apply even if you are still a student. 

Other open positions include:

Research Study Coordinator
Laboratory Associate
Patient Access Rep- Call Center

To apply and to find more open positions, visit NorthShore’s Careers page and start your health care career today! 

Many other hospital employers regularly post jobs on Handshake, so remember to complete your Handshake profile!   There are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now! Meet with your Health Care & Science Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

Key takeaways:

  • NorthShore University HealthSystem is one of the major hospital and health care systems in the Chicago area
  • NorthShore employs over 10,000 people and is currently hiring!
  • Nursing students, recent graduates and alumni should visit NorthShore’s Careers page to view and apply for current openings

Updated 7/10/20

Given the rapid changes associated with the pandemic, we will be regularly sharing reporting trends in hiring sectors across the Chicago area in the Health Care & Science career community. 

This week, we’re looking at Health Care & Science industry employers actively recruiting on Handshake: 

Remember the importance of completing your Handshake profile so employers can proactively reach out to you!   There are over 900 employers with active postings who are looking to hire DePaul students right now! Meet with your Health Care & Science Career Advisor to make sure you are showcasing the skills and experiences employers are looking for. 

Key takeaways:

  • Over 900 companies are currently hiring on Handshake!  Complete your Handshake profile so they can contact you!
  • Find open positions in Health Care & Science industries in government, large companies and startups.
  •  Meet with your Health Care & Science Career Advisor for advice in your job search process!

Updated 6/24/2020

What can I do with a passion for health care besides clinical professions?  One idea is to consider a career in healthcare administration.   Health care is a business and, like every other business, it needs good management to keep it running smoothly.  One area of increasing importance is electronic health records (EHR)- these are used for tracking patient visits, medical histories, recording laboratory results, tracking insurance and payment information and providing preventative health education.  Professionals who manage EHR may be called Health Information Technicians, Medical Records Technicians, Health Services Managers or Medical Coding Specialists.

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), health information technician and related jobs are expected to grow 11% in the next 5-8 years.  As the US older adult population ages, the BLS expects demand to continue to increase for professionals to manage increasingly-complex electronic health records.   Vault recommends being hands-on and organized, and also indicates that the hiring outlook is higher than average for aspiring health information technicians.  According to EMSI, 84% of health information technician postings in Illinois in 2019-2020 required 0-3 years of experience, so many positions are appropriate for recent college graduates.  

Find health information positions at hospitals, medical practices, city/state health departments, insurance companies and EHR platform providers.  Some of the major EHR platform providers include:

Epic (you have probably used their platform MyChart at your most recent medical appointment)
Cerner
Allscripts

Health care management will continue to remain important through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, so explore a career in this growing field today!

Key takeaways:

  • Turn your passion for health sciences into a career in health care administration
  • Health Information Technologists manage the large volumes of data in health care through Electronic Health Records (EHR)
  • Health Information Technology and related fields are expected to grow by 11% in the next 5-8 years; 84% of recently posted positions require 0-3 years of experience
  • Look for positions at hospitals, medical practices, health departments, insurance companies and EHR platform providers

Updated: 6/12/2020

Environmental Science and Sustainability

What can I do with a passion for environmental science or studies? One way is to turn your interests into a career in sustainability. What does this mean? According to UCLA, it is developing operating processes to meet the needs of present users with deep concern for future generations– especially as it relates to natural resource management.  Sustainability practices “support ecological, human and economic health and vitality… presuming that resources are finite and should be used wisely.” Put another way, sustainability “is about our children and our grandchildren, and the world we will leave them.”  

According to DePaul’s Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) network, several DePaul alumni work in sustainability or related industries. Job titles include:

  • Atmospheric Scientist, Grants Officer for a sustainability department at a large nonprofit
  • Sustainability Manager for a food services company
  • Project Lead for a plant and chemicals company
  • Geospatial Engineer for a wildlife conservation organization 
  • Project Manager for a sustainable software company 
  • Volunteer Services for an arboretum 

All DePaul students and alumni should join the ASK network to connect with alums in these fields and others! 

Explore your career in sustainability today!  Here are some internships and jobs currently live on Handshake:


Search for more positions
on Handshake here! Filter by employer industry or use keywords like “sustainability” or “environmental” (or “sustainability” + “project manager”) to explore more related positions.  

Our Health Care & Science Career Community Advisor, Betsy Cahill, has a background in environmental studies and experience working in the environmental sustainability and clean energy fields.  She would love to talk with you more about various career paths – make an advising appointment today!

Environmental resources continue to be valuable and disappearing, so it is up to the next generation of sustainability professionals to ensure our natural resources are efficiently managed for years to come! 

Key Takeaways:

  • “Sustainability” means working efficiently with limited natural resources to support many facets of health and economics
  • Many DePaul alumni work in sustainability fields, and you can connect with them through the ASK network
  • Handshake also includes many jobs in sustainability fields!  Use keywords or search by industry to explore further. 

Morrison & Morrison Tax and Audit Recruitment Event Recap

Emily Komendera (BEC Community Employer Engagement Lead) and Katelyn Tamm (Assistant Director & Career Specialist at the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business) hosted the Morrison & Morrison Tax and Audit Recruitment Event with guest speaker James Mahon, a DePaul alum and accountant for Morrison & Morrison, Ltd. He sat down [virtually] with DePaul students and alumni to speak about his experience in public accounting and how to get started in the industry. 

Morrison & Morrison, Ltd. is one of Chicago’s top public accounting firms based in the South Loop neighborhood and provides tax, consulting and accounting services with clients in real estate, manufacturing, construction, distribution, professional and financial services, entertainment and non-profit. In this session, Mahon discussed the day-to-day operations of the employees within the firm and the goals they set to accomplish for their company and clients.  He also answered some great and insightful questions from students. 

Check out the below video of the full interview to hear more about this amazing company!

Recording:

Resources:

Accounting Sample Resume 

This Week’s Hiring Trends: Education, Nonprofit and Government

Updated 8/5/2020

In the past week, we have seen trend updates in the Teaching & Instruction employment sectors. According to the most recent Emsi data in Illinois, the top companies posting jobs are Teach For America, VIPKID, and Ef Education First, Inc. The top three posted occupations are Postsecondary Teachers, Preschool Teachers, and Tutors/Instructors. The top three posted job titles are English Teachers, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, and Tutors. If any of these types of occupations are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top three industries that are hiring according to Emsi are Administrative & Support, Educational Services, and Healthcare & Social Assistance. There are currently 1,267 K-12 Education jobs posted on Handshake alone!

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in teaching and instruction, consider seeking opportunities that can broaden your hard skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top three hard skills for this industry are special education, preschool education, and language arts. Additional hard schools that appear frequently in job postings include lesson planning, online teaching, and curriculum development. Additionally, the top soft skills are teaching, mentorship communications, and leadership. If you want to learn how to highlight these types of skills on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top hard skills for a career in education are communications, investigation, and detail oriented.
  • There are currently 1,267 K-12 Education jobs posted on Handshake!
  • The top three posted occupations within teaching and instruction industry in Illinois are Postsecondary Teachers, Preschool Teachers, and Tutors/Instructors.

Updated 7/24/2020

In the past week, we have seen trend updates in the Law Enforcement & Public Policy employment sectors. According to the most recent Emsi data in Illinois, the top companies posting jobs are Federal Bureau of Investigation, State of Illinois, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The top three posted occupations are Compliance Officers, Detectives and Criminal Investigators, and Private Detectives.The top three posted job titles are Special Agents, Regulatory Analysts, and Regulatory Specialists. If any of these types of occupations are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top two industries that are hiring according to Emsi are Public Administration and Manufacturing. There are currently 122 Legal & Law Enforcement jobs posted on Handshake alone.

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in Law Enforcement, consider seeking opportunities that can broaden your hard skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top three hard skills for this industry are auditing, law enforcement, and Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI Clearance). Additionally, the top three soft skills are communications, investigation, and detail oriented. If you want to learn how to highlight these types of skills on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top soft skills for a career in law enforcement are communications, investigation, and detail oriented.
  • There are currently 122 active Legal & Law Enforcement job postings on Handshake! 

Updated 7/17/2020

In the past week, we have seen trend updates in the Nonprofit & Fundraising employment sectors. According to the most recent EMSI data in Illinois, the top posted titles include Development Officers,Executive Directors, and Grants Managers. If any of these types of occupations are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top two industries that are hiring are Educational Services, Information, Health Care and Social Assistance. 

Of the postings reported on through Emsi, 100% require a bachelor’s degree, 28% require a master’s degree, and 1% require a Ph.D. or a professional degree. This information may be beneficial if you are considering grad school and/or a career in this field.

On Handshake starting 30 days ago, nonprofit is the second highest industry in terms of active job postings. There are 322 new jobs and 245 internships posted on Handshake alone.

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in nonprofit and fundraising, consider emphasizing your soft skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top soft skills for these industries are communications, leadership, and management. If you want to learn how to highlight these types of skills on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top soft skills for a career in fundraising are communications, leadership, and management
  • There are currently 567 active nonprofit job/internship postings on Handshake! 

Updated 7/2/2020

In the past week, we have seen updates regarding roles in the Museum & Cultural Institution sectors. According to the most recent EMSI data, in Illinois the top posted occupations include Librarians, Curators, Museum Technicians & Conservators, and Archivists. Additionally, some of the top posted job titles are College Facultys, Program Directors, and Technician Supervisors. If any of these occupations or titles are of interest to you, consider using these as keywords to narrow down your job or internship search. The top five industries that are hiring are Educational Services, Information, and Public Administration. 

Of the postings reported on through Emsi, 100% require a bachelor’s degree, 45% require a master’s degree, and 5% require a Ph.D. or a professional degree. This information may be beneficial if you are considering grad school and/or a career in this field.

On Handshake starting 30 days ago, nonprofit is the third highest industry in terms of active job postings. There are 273 new jobs and 239 internships posted on Handshake alone.

Check out these active opportunities on Handshake: 

If you’re looking for a career in Museums and Cultural Institutions, consider building your hard skills to make you a competitive candidate. According to Emsi data, the top hard skills for these industries are Collections, Library Science, and Cataloguing.If you are looking to build or already have these skills and want to learn how to highlight them on your resume or cover letter, make a career advising appointment today! 

Key Takeaways

  • The top hard skills for a career in Museums and Cultural Institutions are Collections, Library Science, and Cataloguing.
  • Employers within Museums and Cultural Institutions are looking for candidates to have hard skills in Collections, Library Science, and Cataloguing.
  • There are currently 512 active nonprofit job/internship postings on Handshake!

Updated 6/24/2020

In this past week, we have seen a few updates regarding the government and public policy job sectors. According to recent EMSI data, in Illinois the top posted occupations are

Compliance Officers, Urban and Regional Planners, Labor Relations Specialists, and Economists. Additionally, the top posted job titles are Actuarial Analysts, Regulatory Analysts, and Regulatory Specialists. If you are searching for a job or internship in these fields, try using those position titles/keywords to narrow your search. The top five industries that are hiring for these types of roles are Finance and Insurance, Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services, Manufacturing, Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services, and Public Administration.

On Handshake, Government – Local, State & Federal industry is in the top three for new jobs YTD. There are 2,089 new jobs posted on Handshake, which is a 38% increase from 2019. 

Check out these active postings on Handshake:

If you’re looking into a career in Government & Public Policy, it may be helpful to know the types of hard skills they might be looking for. The top three hard skills in the aforementioned types of occupations from EMSI have been Auditing, Statistics, and Underwriting. If you’re not sure how to convey those skills in a resume, cover letter, or interview, chat with one of our career advisors for guidance! 

Key Takeaways

  • Looking for a teaching job? Check out these organizations currently hiring: U.S. District Court, U.S. Government Accountability Office, and Inter-American Foundation
  • Employers in Teaching & Instruction are looking for these three hard skills: Auditing, Statistics, and Underwriting
  • There are currently 2,089 new job postings on Handshake alone!

 


Updated: 6/12/2020

Teaching & Instruction

In this past week, we have seen a few updates regarding the teaching and instruction job sectors. According to recent EMSI data, in Illinois the top posted occupations are Postsecondary Teachers and Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education. Additional top posted job titles are English Teachers, Tutors, Early Childhood Special Education Teachers, and Adjunct Faculty. If you are searching for a job or internship in these fields, try using those position titles/keywords to narrow your search. Additionally, the top three industries that are hiring for these types of roles are Administrative & Support and Waste Management & Remediation Services, Educational Services and Healthcare/Social Assistance. 

Handshake shows the top industry with active jobs as:

  • K-12 Education with 1481 jobs.
  • Basis Charter Schools, Distinctive Schools, and Urbana School District all have active job postings.

Check out these active postings on Handshake:


If you’re looking into a career in
Teaching & Instruction, it may be helpful to know the types of hard skills they might be looking for. The top three hard skills in the aforementioned types of postings from EMSI have been Special Education, Preschool Education, and Language Arts.

If you’re not sure how to convey those skills in a resume, cover letter, or interview, chat with one of our career advisors for guidance! 

Key Takeaways


  • Looking for a teaching job? Check out these organizations currently hiring: Basis Charter Schools, Distinctive Schools, and Urbana School District
  • Employers in Teaching & Instruction are looking for these three hard skills: Special Education, Preschool Education, and Language Arts
  • There are currently 1481 job postings for K-12 Education on Handshake alone!