Every job I have had after graduation has required that I write a Performance Development Plan (PDP), sometimes called a Professional Development Plan. This outlines what I aim to achieve during the year, how these aims link with the strategic directions of my employer, and it enables that employer to review what I am doing.
There was however, very little guidance on writing one. This can be quite frustrating for a new graduate, with so much to learn already and every one expecting you to know about this strange PDP beast. Luckily, my recent employer sent me on a full day workshop to learn about writing these goals and targets.
So, a few tips 🙂
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The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has published this interesting article in their eNewsletter ‘Library Worklife’ (October 2015 issue), titled ‘A Job Readiness Strategy for MLIS Students and Recent Graduates’.
It is of especial interest to students and new graduates, and while written by an American organisation, is very relevant to us here in Australia as well.
I’m glad to see that the knowledge and advice I have written about in my previous blog posts for students and new grads touches on very similar strategies.
The job readiness strategy in this article focuses on two pillars: first, building experience through “temporary” positions. Temporary positions are defined in this strategy as jobs that are short term and help develop a career. These jobs should increment the knowledge and skills needed for a particular type of professional librarian position. The second pillar is to form a network. As a person works through these temporary positions a professional network begins to take shape; hence, creating new opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
Have a read of the full article and good luck with your developing career!
Michelle De Aizpurua
It is really very important to keep up to date with new developments, innovations, ideas, issues and so forth in our field. You need to be a life-long learner if you are going to succeed in Libraryland 😉 Things are constantly changing; the way we utilise space, new technologies, what is expected of us, how we are viewed and how we must justify ourselves. There is a lot to learn. Not only this, it is important to network and get to know other professionals. You need to create relationships. These are especially helpful if you have a question or need some guidance, or more employment. So where to start? There are a few things you can do:
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I just recently started at a new job. Due to short contracts and part-time work being a large factor in getting employment as a graduate, this is the 3rd ‘first day’ in the last year! (I’m now working two part-time jobs, one of which is causal and the other a one year contract)
In any case, I’m really excited about the opportunities this new workplace will provide. I’ll be expanding from high school libraries to a specialist university (law) library. Learning new programs, taking research classes with university students, developing their e-learning modules, there’s a lot to learn and do!
So I thought I would share my experience (there was a really amazing art exhibit involved!), and provide some tips for that sometimes stressful ‘first day’.Read More »
There are a few things I wish I had known back when I was studying. Or things that people mentioned that I didn’t heed enough! People would give advice, and sometimes I’d think – “but I don’t have time for that”. Well I would have if I’d prioritised better. So, some of my tips for students (in no particular order):Read More »