CILIP New Professionals Day 2012
WORKSHOP AIMS• Insight into information roles in careers services• How careers information compares to other library roles...
MY PERSPECTIVE• Worked in University of Bristol Careers Service since 2009• Previous library assistant experience (British...
ARE CAREERS SERVICES ALL ABOUTADVICE AND GUIDANCE?                   flickr.com/photos/cushinglibrary/4790463166/
WHAT DO YOU THINK WE DO?            flickr.com/photos/uncut/16926192
STRUCTURE OF MY SERVICE                                          Director of Student Services and                         ...
CAREERS INFORMATION JOB TITLES
WHAT DO I DO?• Enquiry desk work• Information management    Developing stock / acquisitions / weeding    Cataloguing and...
AREAS OF STOCKOccupational information             Employer information      Free publications, print        Recruitment b...
OTHER RESOURCES       Applications / interviews / assessment centres       psychometric tests / diversity issues / funding...
RESOURCES HELP DESK
ENQUIRIESExamples from Autumn Term 2010
DIFFERENCES               [compared to academic libraries]• User group and their perceptions• Amount of frontline work• Li...
POSITIVES                                        The thing I value, over• Variety of work                           librar...
WHO DO WE HIRE?• Team work               must have GSOH, be ready to embrace                         change, love technolo...
TIPS*       [* my personal opinion]• Meet criteria + keep to point          Research! I met with a                        ...
GET IN TOUCH          megan.wiley@bristol.ac.uk              Twitter: @wiley9000           flickr.com/photos/crabchick/277...
Just the job: working in careers information
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Slides from workshop delivered at CILIP's New Professionals Day 2012. Updated slides to include videos shown. Aim was to provide an insight into information roles in UK careers services. Also featured a quiz - not included here!

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Just the job: working in careers information

  1. 1. CILIP New Professionals Day 2012
  2. 2. WORKSHOP AIMS• Insight into information roles in careers services• How careers information compares to other library roles• Why work in careers information?• Who do we hire?
  3. 3. MY PERSPECTIVE• Worked in University of Bristol Careers Service since 2009• Previous library assistant experience (British Library, King’s College London, University of Bristol)• Information and Library Management MSc, UWE (2010)
  4. 4. ARE CAREERS SERVICES ALL ABOUTADVICE AND GUIDANCE? flickr.com/photos/cushinglibrary/4790463166/
  5. 5. WHAT DO YOU THINK WE DO? flickr.com/photos/uncut/16926192
  6. 6. STRUCTURE OF MY SERVICE Director of Student Services and EmployabilityHead of Guidance Services Head of Employer Services Head of Information Services Internship Graduate Manager Destinations 2 Information 8 Careers Advisers Specialists and Statistics Manager JobShop Officer Information Information Assistant Assistant - Graduate Graduate Destinations Bristol PLuS Recruitment Officer CILIP Trainee and Coordinator Statistics Officer 2 Graduate Recruitment Casual Assistants Information Assistants Graduate (Students) Destinations and 3 Careers Admin Officers Information Graduate Recruitment Intern Assistant
  7. 7. CAREERS INFORMATION JOB TITLES
  8. 8. WHAT DO I DO?• Enquiry desk work• Information management  Developing stock / acquisitions / weeding  Cataloguing and classification  Web authoring• User training – information literacy• Cross-team activity / current awareness• Staff management
  9. 9. AREAS OF STOCKOccupational information Employer information Free publications, print Recruitment brochures, jobfolders, reference books, journals descriptions, company reports
  10. 10. OTHER RESOURCES Applications / interviews / assessment centres psychometric tests / diversity issues / funding further study / postgraduate research / international work local employers / internships and work experience
  11. 11. RESOURCES HELP DESK
  12. 12. ENQUIRIESExamples from Autumn Term 2010
  13. 13. DIFFERENCES [compared to academic libraries]• User group and their perceptions• Amount of frontline work• Library Management System (unusual)• Physical stock vs. website• Cross-team working• Employers / careers advisers• Professional identity
  14. 14. POSITIVES The thing I value, over• Variety of work library work, is• Autonomy independence + ability to try things out.• Ability to manage own time @darrenmjones• Responsibility• Close working with non-librarians• Ability to make changes• Collaborative working in small team• Subject matter
  15. 15. WHO DO WE HIRE?• Team work must have GSOH, be ready to embrace change, love technology and chatting, be• IT skills able to write and be an information geek.• Flexible @MallenSarah• Ability to determine requirements / priorities• Organisational and time management skills• Admin skills and attention to detail• Busy customer service experience• Communication / interpersonal skills
  16. 16. TIPS* [* my personal opinion]• Meet criteria + keep to point Research! I met with a careers info guy, and I asked• Know where you are applying you some questions.• Research via contacts Also, show you can use info• STAR technique skills in your own job hunt.• Engage with everyone @DreamingEntity• Think about questions• Use a careers service if you can, or website e.g. bristol.ac.uk/careers/advice• Get feedback
  17. 17. GET IN TOUCH megan.wiley@bristol.ac.uk Twitter: @wiley9000 flickr.com/photos/crabchick/2779425682/

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