Last week I mentioned that I have been doing some volunteering at the city museum in Portsmouth. One of the main reasons for doing it is to boost the old CV in the hope it will provide something different to the generic work experience that has been plaguing my CV for years. Volunteering has helped me improve my communication skills as you are encouraged to speak to anyone that comes in to the museum even if it is an elderly gentleman who needs help sorting out their new mobile phone. Yes this did actually happen.
To be a little bit more specific I am actually volunteering with the ‘Lest We Forget’ exhibition (http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk). It’s an exhibition designed to get the Portsmouthian public more involved in remembering those that sacrificed their lives during the First World War. When thinking about it I don’t really know what it has to do with American Studies specifically but the researching and communication skills that I have picked up have definitely benefited me. This will hopefully help me in my degree as I am stumbling ever closer to starting the big one… The dissertation.
I’ve been doing it once a week which has helped keep myself sane and avoiding boredom when I’m not working. One day is enough purely down to the fact they continuously play ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ on loop every hour of everyday. I almost know the lyrics off by heart it’s played that much. If ever a question about the song comes up in a pub quiz you know the guy to come to lets put it that way. A woman mentioned to me that the music in the exhibition was too loud and looking back on it I couldn’t agree with her more!
Anyway, that’s all from me