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