Focus on Victoria Curtis - Visitor Experience at Mottisfont

Published : Fri 3rd Jun Author : National Trust

I had been teaching Maths for 10 years and saturating my pupils with interesting facts about British history - whether they wanted to know them or not! Finally I decided I wanted to change to working in the heritage sector. I knew it would be difficult to make that transition after applying for a couple of Educational officer posts and not even making the interview stage. I was told it was because my teaching degree was not in History or Science. I knew I was going to have to find another way of making myself stand out and that's when my sister spotted that the National Trust were starting an internship scheme. I was so happy when I got an interview and ecstatic when I found out I'd been given the internship!

I became the Visitor Experience Intern at Mottisfont working for the Visitor Experience and Communities Manager who was a great support and source of encouragement during my time there. My role was really varied! That was one of the great things about my internship. One day I would be doing research at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and the next day organising and running a recruitment day for new art gallery volunteers. Probably my favourite task was having the lead on developing and delivering a fitness trail to go into the play zone at Mottisfont. It was meant to be a temporary feature but it was received so well that they have made it permanent.

It really is one of the best things I have ever done. It has taught me that the skills I've learned during my time as a teacher are transferable and that I can succeed in a sector that I had little experience in. I have only just finished my internship as I extended it to eight months so I've just started writing a practical numeracy programme for a children's charity but I will be applying for jobs with the National Trust shortly.