Portfolio building

I’ve spent the last week off work, trying to get my portfolio together. It’s been good to have the peace and quiet and time to sort everything out. I’ve written my evaluative statement and am waiting for my mentor to have a look at it. Unfortunately, she was on leave this past week. I’m really hoping it’s OK because I’ve started formatting and printing off the things I’ve chosen to go into my portfolio as evidence. I’m taking Monday and Tuesday off as well, which will hopefully give me enough time to make any changes required. If not, it’s just going to have to be handed in late (according to the conditions agreed when my appraisal objective was agreed, not according to CILIP). I have asked a colleague and one of the Candidate Support Officers for my region to have a look at it and they both think it is OK, so hopefully my mentor will agree.

I was feeling quite positive about it until Friday afternoon when I started printing off evidence and looking at it more closely and suddenly none of it seemed much good. So whether my statement is any good or not might be irrelevant if my evidence is not up to scratch. I suppose once it’s sent off there’s nothing I can do about it and if I have to do it again I’ll just have to do it again…although obviously I would rather not have to do this!

I have actually enjoyed working on my portfolio, partially because of the peace and quiet in the place where I’m working (another library) but also because I feel like I’ve achieved things, even though I haven’t finished yet. I don’t think I want to go back to work.


Three weeks

There is just under three weeks until the date I am supposed to be handing my portfolio in in order to attain my appraisal objective of handing it in to CILIP  by 5th June this year. I am continuing the sorting process, trying to categorise potential evidence and think about which pieces of evidence I am actually going to use for my portfolio.

On Thursday I went to the ‘Chatership and Beyond’ event at CILIP in London, organised by the Career Development Group for London and the South East. I’d been on it before, but lost the certificate, which I need for my portfolio, so I went on it again! It was quite helpful and clarified a few things I wasn’t sure about, like how to bind my portfolio (comb binding is preferred) and various other more ‘practical’ things. It was useful to be able to look at examples of successful chartership portfolios. I was surprised at how varied they were – some are very fat with lots of pieces of  evidence whereas some where quite thin and more concise in their organisation.

I’ve booked the week after next off work, in order to be able to devote all my normal working hours to getting my chartership portfolio finished. I just don’t think I will be able to hand it in on time if I don’t. Even so, I’m not convinced it will be in by 5th June, as I will ideally need to meet with my mentor and ask her to read through my portfolio it at some point. I don’t know if it will be possible to do this and make any changes she might recommend within the time available. It dawned on me on Thursday that I have never even met my mentor! Surely this is not good.

I really want to hand it in on time, not because of my appraisal objective, which is now irrelevant, but just because I want to do something right. If I pass that would be even better, obviously, but I am not very hopeful about that, given the lack of evaluation and reflection I have done so far in my career. It’s worth a try, though.

Just quickly

Just a quick post to say that I have actually done some stuff for my chartership this week. I’ve been categorising pieces of evidence for my portfolio using the assessment criteria and filing it both digitally and in hard copy. I’ve also finished writing my record of training courses, etc. and have started writing up my log of communications with my mentor. It’s not much, but it’s made me feel a bit better and a bit more on track.

Meanwhile, I’ve been applying for a revised version of my own job,  as our department within Library Services  is currently undergoing restructuring. It’s quite difficult to try and sell yourself to your own line managers, especially when you are not feeling particularly confident that you can do your own job as it currently is, without the additional responsibilities that may come with the new version of it. I think I’ve finished my application now, although I suspect it will change again before Wednesday, when it has to be handed in. Anyway, it’s been a useful experience to have to think about what it is I actually do and what skills and knowledge I need to do it.

This week I also observed and participated in the CILIP 2.0 – CILIP Council Open Session on Web 2.0 via Twitter.  It was an interesting experience! Lots of ideas good, bad and just quite strange, being floated around. I think I need  to go back and read the live blog to try to digest what was said.