A few months ago, I officially ceased to be a new professional. It feels like the end of an era. I’m also not particularly new at my new job – I’ll have been in post four years in April and that seems very strange as it definitely still feels like a new role.
In some ways, I haven’t felt new for a long time – I worked in a library part time and full time before starting my MA then for the two years during my MA. Unlike many people, during this time, I attended events, got involved in professional associations and generally threw myself into librarianship. This meant that by the time I qualified, some people assumed I wasn’t a new professional any more although I was really only just starting.
I then chartered. This definitely made me feel aware that I could be considered mid-career. This was really brought home looking at other (passing) portfolios where the extent of professional involvement was attending a course, two visits and reading Update. Obviously, in experience terms, I had moved beyond this.
So what now? I have a professional post that I enjoy and am working towards Fellowship. In some ways, Fellowship is Chartership all over again (How do you prove you’ve made an impact? How much evidence to include? How reflective to be?) but without the same level of guidance and examples. This obviously means that it is a struggle to tell if my application is there or there abouts. I’m going to try to submit this year, I think.
In terms of goals, Fellowship is (obviously) up there but beyond that I feel a bit adrift. I don’t want to move on and I don’t have managerial aspirations so there’s not an obvious next step to be working towards – I guess I just want to keep getting better at what I do.
In more concrete terms, I’d like to make some progress on the following:
- Getting to at least a ‘1’ on every PKSB element
- Gaining a stronger understanding of law firms and legal education
- Completing the three or four key work-based projects I’ve had on the to do list for a while
- Learning more about and getting more actively involved in Knowledge Management
- Improving my touch typing
- Being really organised!
- Reconsider the best professional involvement activities for me
I think doing everything on that list might be a recipe for disaster but we’ll see how I get on…