Moving on... - Jo Alcock Consulting
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Moving on…

Moving on…

Today, 20th August 2010, is the last day of my contract atΒ  University of Wolverhampton (last Friday was my final working day). Having begun employment as a Graduate Trainee on 1st September 2005, I worked there for almost 5 years. During that time I had four different contracts, three different bosses, two different job titles, and worked at three different campuses. I worked with some fabulous colleagues, many of whom I am sure I’ll keep in touch with.

I started out in the trainee post, and then worked in a paraprofessional role whilst I was working towards my postgraduate qualification (which I still need to complete the dissertation part of!). I started my first professional post in November 2008, in a traditional subject librarian role. I learnt a lot during my time in each job, and developed many skills essential to my work such as information management, organisation, time management, effective communication, and project management.

Over the last couple of years, I also spent a lot of my free time working on professional activities such as committee work for CILIP, writing articles for publication, and speaking at conferences. I was encouraged by my managers, and by my professional network, to continue to push myself into new challenges. I began to discover my professional interests (although I’m sure these will change throughout my career), and realised that I’m passionate about driving things forward – whether it’s implementing new technologies, adopting new working practices, or investigating the feasibility of new services. I thrive on project based work and love investigating and researching areas to support development of library and information services.

So, armed with the encouragement of my mentors and my network, I jumped at the opportunity to apply for a job as Evidence-based Researcher. My passion must have shown through in my interview, and I start my new job at Birmingham City University on Monday.

The job will be very different; I’ll be involved in research projects for libraries, but I won’t be based in a library. I think I may find it strange at first to make the adjustment, but I know many others who work closely with libraries yet no longer work in one, and I’m sure my professional network will help ensure I don’t lose touch of what’s actually happening in libraries.

My working pattern will change, and I’ll probably be travelling a lot more, but that’s something I’m really looking forward to. The train is one of my favourite places to work so I’m happy to work on the go and I hope to have the technology to enable me to do so. I love attending conference and events, and hope to be able to continue to do so on behalf of my new employers.

I’ve started researching some of the projects I’m going to be working on, and I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into it. I hope to be able to bring some of my current skills in analysis and evaluation, and develop further some of my skills in research and consultancy. I’ve got some ideas of what I’d like to achieve, both on a personal level, and also to support the work of my new department, and I can’t wait to get started!

Something that I think will make the transition easier is the fact that my professional network is unlikely to change very much. My immediate colleagues will obviously change, but I get a lot of information and support from my network (particularly those on Twitter), and I hope to continue to build this network in my new role. I’ll also be able to keep in touch with some of my current work colleagues with similar interests to my own, which I hope will be of mutual benefit to ourselves and our employers. It’s really highlighted to me just how valuable a professional network is.

Bring on the new challenges! πŸ™‚

  • joeyanne
    Posted at 13:29h, 20 August Reply

    New Blog Post: Moving on… #libraryroutes

    • DuncanGreenhill
      Posted at 13:57h, 20 August Reply

      @joeyanne Good luck in your new job. I start my new role (same uni) on Monday.

      • joeyanne
        Posted at 14:00h, 20 August Reply

        @DuncanGreenhill good luck to you too – what’s the new role?

        • DuncanGreenhill
          Posted at 14:14h, 20 August Reply

          @joeyanne developing distance learning courses for the med school.

    • missrachelsmith
      Posted at 14:05h, 20 August Reply

      @joeyanne Congratulations on your new role, Jo – I found reading a bit about your background on your blog post really interesting as well!

    • SimonXIX
      Posted at 14:46h, 20 August Reply

      Good luck Jo! Change can be really exciting: enjoy it all!

      • Jo Alcock
        Posted at 14:59h, 20 August Reply

        Thanks Simon, I’m sure I will. Can’t wait to start the new job!

  • Sarah Hogg
    Posted at 14:33h, 20 August Reply

    Sounds like a great new role – Good Luck on Monday!! πŸ˜€

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 14:38h, 20 August Reply

      Thanks Sarah, I’m really looking forward to it πŸ™‚

  • Martin - TheUniversityBlog
    Posted at 14:36h, 20 August Reply

    Congratulations and very best of luck to you in the new role, Jo. It sounds like you’re going to have a fab time. Enjoy!

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 14:41h, 20 August Reply

      Thanks Martin, I certainly hope so. It’s all very exciting!

  • Sarah
    Posted at 14:37h, 20 August Reply

    The new job sounds really exciting – congrats and good luck! I look forward to reading all about your new adventures…!

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 14:42h, 20 August Reply

      Thanks, I’m sure I’ll be blogging about anything interesting!

  • Bethan
    Posted at 14:47h, 20 August Reply

    It sounds like you’re really going to enjoy your new role – especially as you’ve started working on it already!
    Hope Monday goes well, and look forward to reading all about your new experiences πŸ™‚

  • Jen
    Posted at 15:14h, 20 August Reply

    Congrats Jo – sounds really interesting! yup, keep us informed…..and I’m still plugging away at the dissertation too!!


    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 15:20h, 20 August Reply

      Glad to hear you’re still ploughing through – I’m not the only one then! Was really hoping to get methodology chapter complete before starting new job but alas it’s 3 days to go now and I’m nowhere near! Hope you’re still enjoying your new job πŸ™‚

  • Niamh
    Posted at 15:45h, 20 August Reply

    What everyone else said – congratulations and all the best! It sounds like a really interesting role.

  • Celine
    Posted at 16:02h, 20 August Reply

    Good luck in the new job, it sounds really interesting and I look forward to reading about it on your blog and in your tweets.

  • Richard Hawkins
    Posted at 17:01h, 20 August Reply

    Hello Jo,

    I’m really looking forward to hearing what you get up to in your new role. My guess is that you’ll do a really good job and produce some very useful work.


    Richard Hawkins

  • Joel Kerry
    Posted at 17:41h, 20 August Reply

    Good Luck with the new post!
    I’ve just started a new job as well after working in my old job for 13 years and really feel the same as you.
    I look forward to hearing how you’re getting on in your new role!

  • CLP
    Posted at 20:47h, 20 August Reply

    Hi Jo. Good luck in the new job. Will look forward to reading all about it here…..

  • Brian Kelly
    Posted at 13:37h, 21 August Reply

    All the best in the new job. We must see if we can write another joint paper.

    • Jo Alcock
      Posted at 15:03h, 21 August Reply

      Thanks Brian – and yes, definitely up for future collaboration πŸ™‚

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