Interviews and first-days can be both nerve-wracking and exciting, but all are memorable for our Museum's staff. From difficult interview questions to discovering their own way through the Museum's labyrinthine corridors, each has their own particular (and sometimes peculiar!) memories of starting work at the Museum.
And yet not all routes to museum work are necessarily alike. Many of our scientists and curators have relevant qualifications, but some have taken less traditional routes. Entering the Museum as a 16-year-old school leaver or as a well-established researcher, first experiences of the Museum are long-remembered. Listen to these clips to see the many routes which an individual may take into museum work and how these pathways have changed over the past 60 years.
Find out about Andy's interview for a position at the Museum.
Discover how Angela got her job at the Museum.
Listen as Angela describes her first job in the Palaeontology Department.
Listen to Barry recall how he became a carpenter at the Museum.
Listen to Brian's first impressions of the Palaeontology Department.
Listen to Brian describe the interview for his first post at the Museum.
Hear how Dick's interview made him eager to start work.
Find out about Graham's first job in the Setting Room.
Find out about how Louise first got her foot in the door.
Find out how Louise became a volunteer at the Museum.
Find out what questions Miranda was asked at her interview.
Listen to Neil recall his appointment as Director.
Listen as Neil descibes his explorations behind the scenes at the Museum.
Find out how Neil applied to work at the Museum.
Hear why Paul never expected to work at the Museum.
Hear Richard describe his first day at the Museum.
Listen to Richard explaining the challenges of his interview.
Hear Robin explain how the variety of staff and specimens shape working at the Museum.
Listen to Sandy recall starting at the Museum as a NATO post-doctoral fellow.
Hear how working life at the Museum has changed.
Listen to Sara describe her job interview.