Meet the Young Cultural Heritage Professionals – Interview with Clara Vairet

Meet the Young Cultural Heritage Professionals – Interview with Clara Vairet

Young cultural heritage professionals
CHARTER has partnered with the European Heritage Hub to present a new series of interviews featuring young cultural heritage professionals. On this occasion, we will engage in dialogue with members of various organisations-members of the consortium who are, in various capacities and positions participating in this EU-funded project, to explore their perspectives on navigating the complexities of entering the sector, how their education has equipped them with the necessary skills and competencies, and their visions for the future of heritage!

New profile on the Young Cultural Heritage Professionals series:

Young cultural heritage professionals

 

What was your motivation to enter the cultural heritage field? Was it your first option?

I have always been interested in culture and intercultural relations. The way in which culture shapes our identity is very inspiring, it is our heritage. We have to protect it so that future generations can benefit from it as well. I am convinced by this idea, that is why I decided to engage in the cultural heritage sector. So yes, this field was my first option.

 

How was/is your transition from studying to working?

Fine. You still need to adapt because it is a new environment, a new way of life, but it is great to go from theory to practice. It feels good to see that you are finally doing something that has a meaning. Also, I think the working lifestyle is less stressful than the educational one.

 

How are you looking/looked for a job in heritage?  And how do you experience/experienced the phase of search and application?

I searched for organisations for the cultural and heritage field online, and through the network of the first one I could find. I also tried LinkedIn, but it was not that efficient. 

This phase was actually quite stressful and tiring. The thing is, I had to search for an internship while being at University, following my classes and working on assignments. The research and application process required time, and it was hard to find some time for myself and to relax. Moreover, there are not so many opportunities for internships, and most of the time, it is necessary to send spontaneous applications for which you don’t always get an answer. However, I could see the time flying and I was scared I would not find an internship in time (as it had to fit a certain period).

 

Based on the profiles of job positions, do you notice skills or competences that your education didn’t provide you with?

I would say mostly practical skills. My studies were mainly theoretical, and although one needs some, this is not efficient. You can’t actually know how to do things unless you practise and build experience. But I think this is because I have only done a bachelor’s degree for now.

 

How do you think young people can be attracted to work in heritage? Do you have proposals?

I think first they need to be aware of how important this is. It may be a subject which we don’t talk about enough at school. Not all young people will be interested, but raising awareness could create vocations. This can be done through forums, educational or extracurricular activities for example.

 

How do you see the future of the cultural heritage field?

I think awareness is already rising, and many initiatives are already being taken. Therefore, if we keep going in that direction and even try to do a bit more, cultural heritage will be even more preserved, we will find new solutions to challenges, and maybe more people will care.

 

 

About the European Heritage Hub

European Heritage Hub

The European Heritage Hub is a two-year pilot project launched in May 2023 by a consortium of 20 partners, led by Europa Nostra and co-funded by the European Union, to set up a permanent and autonomous heritage hub in Europe.

Youth presence in the consortium is ensured by the partnership between Hispania Nostra and ESACH who are in charge of the coordination of youth activities throughout the project. ESACH, as a youth-led network of around 400 students and young professionals, contributes to the consortium as an associated partner and ensures the presence of younger generations in the debates and Hub activities. Learn more here!

 

You can find all CHARTER’s Young Cultural Heritage Professionals interviews here!

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