Changing Sectors – Developing Skills and Experience by Amanda Poulton

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Amanda Poulton gave this presentation at the Career Development Group's National Conference 2011. The theme this year was : "The Practical Professional", Monday 21st November 2011

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Changing Sectors – Developing Skills and Experience by Amanda Poulton

  1. 1. CHANGING SECTORS –DEVELOPING SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE AMANDA POULTON
  2. 2. ABOUT ME• Qualified in 1997• Chartered in 1999• Worked in three sectors – NHS, Academic and Public• Involvement in a range of CILIP activities• Further qualifications – Teaching , management and health & safety
  3. 3. WHY CONSIDER ALL SECTORS?• Capitalizes on your skills• Develops a broader range of skills and experience• Opportunity to work in wider variety of work areas• Increases employability in an uncertain job market• Keeps your professional life interesting
  4. 4. INTERESTED IN MOVING SECTOR?• Research your target sector• Talk to contacts/follow Twitter people in your target sector• Contact CILIP, a Special Interest Group e.g. UC&R, PLG or HLG, or your local CILIP branch for advice• Arrange to visit a local library in your target sector• Consider work experience• Join an appropriate professional group
  5. 5. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTINGThe role will include research enquiry work, current awareness, supplier liaison and intranet development. We are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills, capable of working flexibly andindependently, and with excellent online and general IT skills.
  6. 6. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTINGThe role will include research enquiry work, current awareness, supplier liaison and intranet development. We are looking for candidates with excellent communication skills, capable of working flexibly andindependently, and with excellent online and general IT skills. Commercial law firm
  7. 7. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTINGCandidates must have well developed verbal, written and communicationskills, with a flexible attitude, along with enthusiasm for delivering information skills training and using ICT
  8. 8. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTINGCandidates must have well developed verbal, written and communicationskills, with a flexible attitude, along with enthusiasm for delivering information skills training and using ICT. Academic library
  9. 9. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTINGThe successful applicant will be expected to actively promote the library service and assist with the practical management of the library collections including electronic resources and databases.
  10. 10. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTINGThe successful applicant will be expected to actively promote the library service and assist with the practical management of the library collections including electronic resources and databases. NHS Library
  11. 11. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTING You will be experienced and enthusiastic with excellent communication and IT skills enabling you to deliver a high quality service.
  12. 12. CROSS-SECTORAL JOB HUNTING You will be experienced and enthusiastic with excellent communication and IT skills enabling you to deliver a high quality service. Public library
  13. 13. APPLYING FOR A JOB IN A NEW SECTOR• Identify your skills• Match your skills to the Person Specification• Demonstrate how your experience gives you the necessary skills• Consider how you can adapt your skills to meet the needs of your target sector• Do you have a Unique Selling Point you can bring to the sector?• Find out what the key priorities are for your target sector
  14. 14. AT THE INTERVIEW• Focus on your skills and how they can be applied to the sector• Demonstrate you understand the sector by using appropriate examples – E.g. Reference to key issues• Don’t overwhelm the panel with your research• Be prepared to explain why you wish to change sector – Focus on the benefits of the new sector
  15. 15. SKILLS AUDIT• Carry out a skills audit• Identify skills needed from your research or by studying job adverts in your sector• Match your skills and experience against the skills required• Is there anything missing? • Consider specific skills if you have a sector in mind• Identify ways to fill in the gaps – E.g. Volunteering for a particular project – Training/qualification – Job shadowing – Work experience
  16. 16. Skills Audit for Sector Change – Current SkillsSkills/Competences/Experience List specific examples Consider how you might demonstrate application to another sector Training/teaching skills Training the public how to use the Internet – demonstrates ability to teach students how to find information
  17. 17. SKILLS AUDIT FOR SECTOR CHANGE – SKILLS TO ACQUIRE Other professional How might you acquireskills/experience needed these? Liaison/negotiation skills Join a professional committee, get(for liaison with academics) involved in a working party, work shadow a subject librarian
  18. 18. KEEPING YOUR OPTIONS OPEN• Maintain knowledge and awareness of developments in the sector you have left – Reading/Twitter – Professional involvement e.g. CILIP groups and networking – Training and visits• Maintain skills valued by the sector you have left• Consider how you might further develop your transferable skills• This may not be possible in your new role so consider other activities e.g. committee work
  19. 19. TRANSFERABLE SKILLS• Communication and negotiation skills• Enquiry skills• Staff management• Budget management• Collection development• Teaching/training• Marketing and promotion• IT skills• Team working• Problem solving• Planning and organising
  20. 20. CONTACT Amanda Poulton Academic Team Manager(Learning and Skills Development) De Montfort University apoulton@dmu.ac.uk Twitter - @rangtang

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