V & A and IWM

V & A and IWM

Hey folks.

Just been a busy week so far, a lot has been happening this week ….

I had a volunteer recruitment day at V&A earlier this week and just came home this evening from a group interview for a number of positions at Imperial War Museum Group.

Both of these events were very daunting for me. I’m not really a brash person or someone who enjoys speaking up in front of groups so it does seem like a phobia to me in that respect.

When I went for a group interview today, it definitely felt like I was going on Fear Factor or The Apprentice, the competition was very tough. There were people who were similar age as myself, one immigrated from Australia, one person I spoke to came all the way from Worcester so people were coming from a long way out, the salary was roughly £18k. I can safely say this was probably the most nervous experience I’ve had, the interview basically involved standing up in front of 20 people and introducing myself. Then I had to choose a product and basically do a sales pitch to everyone, as I’ve not done a sales pitch I didn’t really know how to go about it or not confident enough in my ability to up sell something but I gave it my best shot. Then we basically worked with a scenario of if we were stranded in South America and got given a list of objects we had to take and pick 5 of those, what would you pick and why? The exercise was good because it was a group exercise so I found it the most enjoyable of them all. I excel in a team focussed environment  We were then got told a few real-time scenarios that we would most likely be in and I chipped in with some responses to some of how I would deal with the situation.

To be honest, as I said before competition was tough today and some people excelled more than others. As I said I’m not really comfortable with group interviews because I find it hard or difficult to interrupt because I don’t like to but in when people are talking and disrespect the person talking.  I did make meaningful contributions throughout so I’m just using this as a learning experience, I don’t think it was a mistake applying but I have to accept that in some jobs I go for, despite my experience, there will be people who have the relevant experience that I don’t have.

Overall, I think there were 6 posts going, there were two sessions in the day, I was allocated in the afternoon and about 20 people were in mine so I’m guessing there was around 20 in the morning. One of the interviewees said there were about 150 to 200 job applications so it’s tough but I’m always ambitious. People can say to me that I should be going for any job but I know what my long-term goals are and where I need to be. I’m not deterred by people’s opinions in that respect. One day I will make it but the question is when I will be able to make it?

I don’t think I had the same experience at V&A. Even tho it was a volunteer recruitment day, the competition was tough and intense. By the end of the day, I was completely miserable and shattered because the whole experience was daunting. I’ve worked in a number of small organisations and it doesn’t compare to V&A. The people there were both young and old. There must have been a good thirty or forty people there. (Just my estimation). I was in a complete disadvantage because people have been to the V&A and people like to talk over where I just felt like talking but like 6 or 7 were talking at once so it’s just frustrating that I didn’t get much chance to speak or engage with the conversation but that’s the person I am. I would be probably be glad to get the position because I have always want to step up from working in small museums to national museums.

My long-term goal is to work at a national organisation such as English Heritage, National Trust, HRP, Royal Collections Trust. Any of those places would be dream come true.

I would be glad not to be associated with V&A because I don’t feel I can work with people who have strong personalities or people solely look at themselves as individuals. I am about supporting the team. My experience in V&A was utter shambles. Towards the end, I was interviewed from 5 people and I had about like 2 or 3 minutes to speak to each one. It was my first experience of speed dating lol. After the interview, I just couldn’t be bothered to see the museum, I just wanted to get out of there and I was very disappointed in myself, for about half an hour of when I came home, I was in my bedroom I was just putting my face in the pillow and just felt miserable.


This is tough for me, like in life, everyone’s life goes through tough periods. I’m not really bothered about anyone’s situation because it’s not my business and basically it seems like I don’t have any preservation. I know I can’t afford to go on a holiday to India, which is a tremendous shame because I would have loved to go on the cricket tour later this year. I can’t afford to rent and I have no aspiration of getting a girlfriend anytime soon. Good thing is that I have recovered from being heartbroken earlier this year and I don’t have any negativity towards the person or have any plans of meeting the person again.

It is easy for people who have jobs to criticise or judge those who don’t have jobs. I have had people criticise me or just wished no sympathy what so ever so I’m cool with that. When I was doing a volunteering session at English Heritage, the volunteer came up to me and said some things I felt was disrespectful but that’s life for me really. I don’t think I get much or enough respect for my choices or the volunteer work I put in. That is the frustrating thing, I done so much volunteering for the last two or three years but not been rewarded for it. The people who I have worked with know how good I am.

I’m going to be returning back to volunteering very soon. I’m only going to carry out volunteering if it is going to help me in the long run.

I’ve started volunteering at Brent Museum where I’m doing some museum stuff, I’ve also got accepted at English Heritage as well which for me is a tremendous achievement. But the hard work has just begun. I don’t expect to be at Brent Museum for very long, I’m only going to be there till September so I’m just going to make the most of the opportunity I have there. I have accepted to the opportunity to volunteer at Wellington Arch owned by English Heritage, to me that is a dream or ambition of mine so that will long live in the memory. I hope to continue being associated with English Heritage.

Wellington Arch