On 22nd November 2017, CILIP Ireland held an event aimed at students and new library and information professionals which took place at Ulster University, Belfast campus. The event was organised by Jayne Finlay (New Professionals & Student Liaison Officer), assisted by Tatyana Malinova (Activities Officer).The aim of this event was to give both students and new professionals from across Ireland the opportunity to meet and network, and learn from the experiences of others in the profession.
The event opened with inspiring and informative presentations from Gerardine Blee, CILIP Ireland Development Manager and Louisa Costello, Candidate Support Officer. They gave an overview of what CILIP membership offers and how CILIP Ireland supports its members. Louisa gave an introduction to the three strands of Professional Registration, before explaining the benefits of using the PKSB.
The remainder of the day was centered around opportunities for CPD, applying for jobs and the transferable skills that can be learnt across different LIS sectors. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from Jane Burns’ vast professional experience, as she delivered a highly engaging presentation on the opportunities for personal and professional development available to us within and outside the LIS sector. She encouraged students especially that their “professional profile starts now.”
The coffee break offered a chance for networking and to spend time discussing the topics of the day. It was also a great chance for some of the students on the Ulster University LIM course to meet each other in person, after communicating in their online classes each week.
Stephen Holmes from Premiere People Recruitment Agency then gave some valuable advice on CV preparation and interview techniques, and there was time for attendees to speak to him individually about their CVs following his presentation. CILIP Ireland Chair, Samantha McCombe, followed this with helpful pointers about job applications and interview techniques from an employer’s perspective.
The event concluded with committee members, Ross McDonald and Jayne Finlay, sharing about their experiences in the LIS profession and the skills they had learnt across various job roles. It was a fitting end to a successful day, which gave both interesting and practical insights into the lives of library and information professionals, and the many professional opportunities available in our field of work.