Thanks to everyone who joined in with the #chartership chat on Twitter this evening. We hit on quite a few topics in the hour!
What stage is everyone at?
We had the full range, from people who are just beginning to think about chartering through to some who are finished and/or revalidating. Someone asked about the introductory courses: watch out here for one you can get to.
General consensus seemed to be to look for someone from a different institution/role in order to get a different perspective on things and a neutral view. Some people were asking if it was still difficult to find a mentor in the East of England, but it was pointed out that the upcoming mentor training should help even if it's difficult at the moment.
How long after qualifying did you start preparing for Chartership?
This varied, with some (especially distance learners) getting on with Chartership while they're still in study mode while others prefer to take a break first. It is possible to register for Chartership and start gathering evidence once you're finished the diploma part of the Masters. I have ten years' library experience so it feels right for me to start with it, but I can see why with a couple of years' experience and then the full-time Masters many would wait. There's also the Pathway 2 option, which doesn't require a librarianship qualification, but you need to show that you're already working at a professional level and Chartership period is at least two years instead of one.
Would Chartership really help develop my career?
Pretty consistent response to this question - don't expect that Chartership=Professional post, but it is valuable for your personal professional development, getting practice at reflective writing and filling gaps. All of this can make you a better candidate for positions that do come up. The point was made that the Masters is now so common in at least one workplace that you need to charter to get an edge over others in the recruitment process. Liz Jolly has said before (and confirmed during the chat that it was
her!) that the Masters is seen as the theoretical basis for
librarianship, while Chartership gives you the applied element. At least one person has change career direction as a result of chartering.
Areas for development (PPDP)
CILIP's Professional Knowledge and Skills Base (PKSB) was recommended as a starting point for identifying areas to develop, although some found it vague, confusing and jargonistic so the promised sector profiles should help with this. People have included a range of areas in their PPDPs, including user education/information literacy, staff development, cataloguing, leadership, marketing, finance/budgeting skills, social media/outreach, collection management, project management, coding/technical skills...
One person was based in Ireland so is considering Fellowship of the Library Association of Ireland (FLAI) instead. It's also portfolio-based, and sounds very similar to Chartership.
If anyone's interested in organising another one go ahead! I'll link this blog post into the Chartership wiki in the meantime.