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Careers, Aberdeen and sunshine

It is a smidge over 500 miles from SHR & TFPL Towers to RGU in Aberdeen so I declined the option to walk…instead opting for a handy little flight out of London City Airport. And so it was that I found myself very far north in glorious sunshine to take part in CILIP Scotland’s careers event hosted by the lovely Keith Fraser at Robert Gordon University. I arrived just in time for the last session before lunch. Helen Berry, Development Officer at CILIP, and Claire Johnson, Chair of IRMS Scotland Group, encouraged delegates to get involved in professional associations and make the most of membership benefits to enhance their careers and to get networking. After lunch we heard from Robert Ruthven, Director of Library Services at Glasgow Caledonian University and Joe Chapman, Information Management at Aberdeenshire Council and IRMS Communications Officer – both of whom talked us through their respective careers and how and why they chose their career paths. It’s always interesting and, I think, reassuring, to hear people’s motivations for taking and leaving jobs. There was a real emphasis on transferable skills and on identifying differences and similarities in sectors in order to market yourself to prospective employers. It was also incredibly motivating to everyone in the room to hear from Robert about his experience of recruiting library staff and how encouraging he is of transferable skills.

After some honest discussion and sharing of experiences, I stepped up to the front to finish off the day talking about using social media to enhance your professional profile. My top tips are to check out our TFPL blog for advice on preparing your LinkedIn profile and then to hop over to Twitter and follow @suehillrec, @tfpl_ltd@CILIPScotland and, of course, @orkneylibrary. This should sort you out nicely.

Thank you, Sean McNamara and CILIP Scotland, for asking me to be part of the day. I hope to be back in Scotland again soon!

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