A long overdue blog post about my failed attempts at Chatership. Or a list of excuses about why I still haven’t managed to do my Chatership, two years on from giving CILIP my 50 quid registration fee.
- It’s really really hard to focus on Chartership when you don’t have job stability. When I registered for Chatership, full of hope and good intentions, I was bouncing from one short contract to the next. For me this meant the ongoing stress of job hunting, just in case I didn’t get a new contract. Did I focus on keeping my CV up to date and writing job applications or did I spend time writing up my Chatership? I prioritised job hunting and didn’t have the energy for Chatership as well.
- If you move jobs then evidence becomes out of date. I have a folder on my computer called Chatership, and it is full of evidence collected during my last job. However it all seems a bit useless now as I’m doing something very different. If I was to complete the PKSB for my current job I would pick very different sections to focus on, for example a lot of my evidence is for Records Management & Archiving.
- For Chartership you need to reflect on organisational context which is hard if you move jobs a lot. It takes time to get to grips with a new job, and an organisation. Perhaps the reflective aspect of Chartership would be useful for starting a new job in a new organisation though, as it could provide a neat framework for refelecting on your organisational context.
- A lot of employers don’t care meaning it is harder to find the time to do it. In my last job I managed to get it made part of my appraisal objectives but then I left. If I had stayed a little bit longer, I probably would have got it done by now!
- Sometimes I worry that maybe I’m just not that committed to focusing on Chartership incase I can’t get another library job. But then I worry that if I don’t put the effort into Chatership I definitely won’t get another library job.
Looking back on that list, it definitely reads like a list of rubbish excuses. I’ve got until October in my current job, so although I am reluctant to start it all over again from the begining, I am going to try vary hard to just get it all done before my job ends.