I’m sure you, reader, have noticed that I’ve not been great at blogging over the past few years. I have ideas or thoughts and then just never get around to writing them up. The reason for this is, primarily, my new job*. I really like my job which, in general, is a good thing but it does mean that I have ended up with a bad habit of thinking about it out-of-hours, of working through lunches, doing work on the way in etc. There is always so much to do and so many ideas to implement that it becomes difficult to see the end of the to do list! This is particularly problematic when combined with the location of my office which is further from home than my last role so has more or less doubled my commute. It is also more difficult to slip away to professional events from here.
This, combined with a wish to get up to speed as quickly as possible with the new role has definitely lead to a lot less professional stuff being done – especially the not 100% work-related stuff and this is disappointing. I find it slightly dispiriting that my professional life has shrunk so much and wanted to do something about it.
I haven’t completely retreated into a hole in the floor – I’ve revalidated every year since chartering, I’ve done a bit of writing, I’ve attended internal courses, I’m on the CLIG committee, I’ve gone to the odd event or conference and still read Twitter and lots of blogs – but it feels like I’m doing less and getting less from it.
I realised that I should really do something about this and, just as I was thinking about it, a bunch of lovely librarians on Twitter started talking about Fellowship. Now, I didn’t really think I was a candidate – Fellowship feels like something that proper grown ups who manage staff or write textbooks on library science do – but I was persuaded to have a look at the requirements and became persuaded that, even if I don’t meet them now, they aren’t a bad aspiration. I am hoping that having a goal to aim towards will help me in doing the right CPD and really feeling better about my professional involvement.
So, long story short, I have registered for Fellowship, found a mentor and started the whole process.
I hope you’ll be hearing more from me shortly…
* Not really very new at all. 2 years and a few months!