Graduate traineeships, Masters Degrees, Chartership, Accreditation
- Graduate traineeships - Exeter 1982-1983. (Yesterday I made my apologies to the "other" Chief Librarian who offered me a traineeship back in 1982! We expressed regret at not having had the chance to enjoy one another's company, and pleasure that I'd got my career off to a good start regardless.)
- I already had an MA in Music before my graduate traineeship. (It would have been an MLitt if I'd done it later - totally by research, all 60K words of it ...)
- I chose to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Librarianship because I already had a Masters. Then bust a gut to get a Distinction because I didn't like the idea of "just" passing it. Luckily, the gut-busting paid off! Although I've sometimes wondered if I should have done an MSc in Librarianship rather than a diploma, I don't really think it has made any difference. And for my generation, a postgraduate diploma was quite normal - getting a Masters as your professional qualification was only just coming in as an alternative route.
- Chartership - it saddens me when new entrants to the profession agonize about chartership. It is worth doing, in my opinion - and it isn't the big ordeal some people would have you believe. I started preparing for mine as soon as I got my first professional job. Seems a long, long time ago.
- Accreditation. I haven't done this, as such, but I've recently done a part-time PhD and gained my Fellowship of CILIP, so I think I've demonstrated commitment to CPD!