Professional Development is an integral part of Christie’s Education programmes. Christie’s Education runs a competitive Professional Development programme for all of its students from all programmes, which is aimed at highlighting career opportunities across the public and commercial art world and supporting students with careers services.
Opportunities for professional development are extensive and students have unparalleled access to professionals from Christie’s Auction House and the art world, many of whom include our alumni.
An optional series of weekly talks are organised for students to attend where speakers are invited to offer an insight into their jobs, share industry-specific advice and explain the importance of transferable skills to the students.
At the start of the academic year, students have the chance to meet a renowned art recruiter who presents on the diversity of roles within the art world, including working for private and public collections, advisory roles, roles within an auction house and more. The session will also support students in planning the academic year ahead, taking into consideration the career path they may wish to choose. Past speakers have joined us from Art UK, Louis Vuitton, PACE Gallery, Barneby’s, Christie’s and more.
Christie’s Education and Christie’s Human Resources
Students are able to learn about the transition from education to employment through the professional development programme with the support of the Christie’s Human Resources (HR) department.
Christie’s HR works closely with Christie’s Education to highlight opportunities available within the company and offer the opportunity for students to attend a mock interview with one of Christie’s recruitment professionals. Students also benefit from the network of Christie’s offices worldwide where opportunities can be found for internships and work experience.
Students are highly encouraged to attend numerous networking opportunities and receive a number of invitations to attend gallery openings, book launches, conferences within the art world. In addition, students also receive complimentary tickets to a variety of art fairs across the globe, where they can sharpen their interpersonal skills and build on their professional networks.
CV and Cover Letter workshops
The Global Development Officer organises CV Clinics (both group and individual sessions) where students can learn how to best structure their CV for employment opportunities. Students are also taught how to approach job applications and how to write strong cover letters to support their applications. The Global Development Officer will create mock job applications in order for students to practice. Students are then able tolearn from and improve on the feedback.
Professional Development e-newsletters are produced bi-weekly to keep students informed about upcoming speakers, workshops, additional courses and internship vacancies.
At Christie’s Education New York there is a series of optional workshops to help prepare students for internship and employment opportunities.
Professional and Career Development Workshop Series
The professional art world is a competitive environment. One’s success is dependent upon a combination of many factors: personal work ethic, commitment, growth of the market, education, professional network, etc. In preparation for their careers, students will engage in a series of workshops, activities and assignments—in groups, in small teams and individually. The professional development workshop curriculum provides training across a wide spectrum of career building skills.
This workshop runs the first three terms of both MA programs and focuses on critical concepts and actions needed to secure summer internships and lays the foundation for long-term career success. While not mandatory, the workshops are strongly encouraged for all students regardless of which MA program they are attending.
The Career Development Series focuses on career exploration and skill development – and is designed to help students learn important job search skills, structure internship searches and ultimately craft a strategic and successful job search. This series is structured to enhance each student’s ability to present in a variety of ways: in writing, in-person, on the telephone, through email, and through social media.
In addition to learning and developing effective presentation skills, students will work on creating a Career Development Plan and a Leadership Action Plan. The primary theme that will run throughout the workshop and which we will discuss in great detail is the crucial development of an extensive art industry network that each student will cultivate through expanding personal and professional connections.
The workshop is structured to mirror the students’ career continuum, covering: career direction, building a career network, self-assessment, developing/presenting/selling one’s brand, and industry research. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have developed a useful toolkit of professional instruments, skills and abilities including:
- Define personal career objectives and ability to articulate personal value
Research and analyze targeted career opportunities
- Build and maintain relationships in a variety of settings
- Assess personal leadership strengths and areas for further development
- Create a leadership development roadmap to focus further growth
Interview successfully in different interview formats
- Successfully negotiate a job offer