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  • 1. Career Doctor Tips to revitalise and refresh your career CILIPS NE Branch AGM 22 nd October 2008
  • 2.  
  • 3. Life before librarianship
    • Of quads and quandaries
    • The great unwashed of Witney
    • From clipboard to thesis?
    • … or what?
    • Making do and mending
    • Things not to say at interview…
  • 4. A chequered career?
    • 1997-1999 Oxford Brookes University
    • 1999 North Birmingham College
    • 2000 Mander Portman Woodward
    • 2000-2002 Peters Bookselling Services
    • 2002-2004 University College Worcester
    • 2004 Unemployed
    • 2004 Edinburgh City Libraries
    • 2004-2008 University of Abertay Dundee
  • 5. 1: Seek inspiration
    • Stick your head above the parapet
    • Benefits of professional activity
      • Awareness
      • People
      • Satisfaction
      • Skills
  • 6. Mood boards
    • “ Simply collect examples of the designs that turn you on… Buy yourself a cheap pinboard and attach your images to create a picture of which designs, colours and styles interest you. Look for recurring themes and try to develop a unified idea of your own individual taste” – Ann Maurice
  • 7. My other career
    • 2000 Chartership course
    • 2002 Vice Chair (West Midlands Division)
    • 2003 Chair (West Midlands Division)
    • 2004 Associate Advertising Officer
    • 2005 Events Coordinator
    • 2006 Treasurer (Scottish Division)
    • 2007 Vice President
    • 2007 CSO Revalidation (Scottish Division)
    • 2008 President
  • 8. Highlights
    • West Midlands ceilidhs
    • Making stuff happen
    • One prong of the umbrella
    • Passport to Africa – and Latin America
    • Cow and lambanana spotting
    • Out and about
    • Friendships for life
  • 9. Cow Parade 2006
  • 10. Lennon and Lambananas
  • 11. Events and meetings
  • 12. 2: Modernise
    • Increase your current awareness
      • Read: books, journals, newsletters, newspapers (including recruitment pages)
      • Sign up to mailing lists, blogs and for a
      • Get out and meet people
    • Update your skills – identify your training needs and take control of your CPD
    • Engage with the Framework of Qualifications
  • 13. Revalidation
    • Critical evaluation of personal learning outcomes from a range of development activities
    • Increased competence in a range of professional and management skills
    • Evidence of continuous professional development
  • 14. Fellowship
    • Evidence of substantial achievement in professional practice
    • Evidence of significant contribution to all or part of the profession
    • Evidence of active commitment to continuing professional development
  • 15. Find out more
    • http://www.cilip.org.uk/qualificationschartership/FrameworkofQualifications/
    • Watson, M. 2008. Building your portfolio: the CILIP guide . London: Facet Publishing
    • CDG and PTEG offer supporting courses and events
  • 16. 3: Find storage solutions
    • CPD logs – what, when, where, who
    • Your CV – keep it up to date
    • Portfolios - evidence & evaluate CPD
  • 17. 4: Use Estate Agents
    • Networks – including virtual communities
    • Spheres of influence – given and received
    • Mentors
      • Formal and informal
      • Assigned or chosen
      • At work
      • For professional qualifications
      • For coaching
  • 18. 5: Changing rooms
    • “ Whilst many of our respondents reported positive experiences, some found that they were hampered by employers’ reluctance to consider applications from people working in different sectors.
    • Nevertheless, there is encouraging evidence that some employers are willing to take into account transferable skills and experience gained elsewhere”
  • 19.  
  • 20. 6: Views and vistas
    • Set yourself professional goals
      • Short term e.g. this week/month
      • Medium term e.g. months/years
      • Long term e.g. years/decades
    • Regularly review your goals and progress
  • 21. Example
    • Amanda’s goals:
      • Short term : be an effective Past President for CDG, encourage the rest of the team and try to keep on top of all my work and other commitments
      • Medium term : join the mentor network; apply for Fellowship; apply for a first timer award to attend IFLA conference
      • Long term : ease off on CILIP activities while still making a contribution; find a post I really love, that suits my personality; think about going part time for better work-life balance
  • 22. Skills gained
    • Making meetings effective
    • Event management
    • Time management
    • Teamwork / getting the best out of people
    • Flexibility
    • Wider perspective
    • A little bit of politics
    • Leadership?
  • 23. Lessons learned
    • Beware, beware the purposeful stare, the glass of wine and the empty chair…
    • It’s OK to change jobs
    • Shun the silos
    • CRIME : Commitment + Responsibility = Increased Motivation & Enthusiasm
  • 24. 7: Revitalise yourself
    • Be open to opportunities but in control
    • Give back what you have received
    • Remember work-life balance
    • Declutter and neutralise
    • Reward yourself for your hard work
  • 25. A Hollywood Librarian?