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Apply for an SLA Europe Early Career Conference Award and do it NOW!

7 Jan

Are you a library or information professional in the first 5 years post qualification? Do you want to go to a library conference in Vancouver?  Interested in meeting library and information people from all over the world?  If YES then carry on reading and then apply for this amazing opportunity.

Applications are open for the 2014 SLA Europe Early Career Conference Awards (ECCAs). This year there are three awards, sponsored by Leadership & Management, Legal and Academic Division. The conference is an amazing experience. You’ll get fabulous mentors from your chosen division and SLA Europe to help with getting the most out of the experience. It is an opportunity to meet great people and build a fantastic network to last a career lifetime.


In short you should apply because:

  • I find it quite hard to put into words how brilliant the entire experience was for me so apply and find out for yourself.
  • It is one of the best opportunities for professional development you are going to find, no matter what you are interested in. I’d say last year we were a diverse bunch of ECCAs with different professional backgrounds and interests however each of us found the experience extremely rewarding and fulfilling.
  • You will meet many, many interesting, exciting and inspiring people. People from a very diverse range of organisations and backgrounds too. So whatever you find interesting, chances are you’ll find someone to talk about it with.
  • In addition to the conference-y bit the social side of the event is great.  There is a party for everyone at an SLA conference. It will most definitely be lots of fun.
  • You might as well apply because if you don’t try you won’t get it. And as the old saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed try again. I was successful on my third year of application. Learn from past applications and just keep trying.
  • Also the conference comes with AMAZING ribbons on the badges as illustrated above (and until UK conferences catch on to the idea your going to need to apply for an ECCA to get some!).

So go on, apply now.  As Nike say, just do it.  Here’s the link again to tempt you


A Never Ending Job Hunting Cycle

30 Jul

Job hunting seems to be never-ending cycle.

In my experience the job hunting cycle goes something like this:

1) Relief – being offered a job
2) Joy – enjoying the new job
3) Worry – uncertainty of what next and when best to start looking for the next job
4) Panic – over the lack of jobs to apply for and the lack of response to applications submitted
5) Suspense – waiting to hear back applications and interviews

I don’t know for sure, but based on some loose assumptions, it seems that fixed term work and short-term contracts are the employment situation faced by many new professionals (and all job seekers at the moment!).  These opportunities are great as they mean lots of variety in the early stages of a career but job security can be a big disadvantage.

Jobcentre Plus by J J Ellison

When I was at library school stressing about finding a job, I somewhat naively thought that once I was employed the worry about job hunting would end. Since graduating and finding a job I’ve discovered that the worry doesn’t go away. At least not for those who only secure employment on a fixed term contract.

To give some background to my employment situation I started job hunting about halfway through the MA course.  I didn’t plan on looking so early but I found myself caught up in the general panic and stress of my peers about the job market. After a lot of disappointment and panic about unsuccessful applications over the summer during my dissertation I was offered a job the day after handing in my dissertation. Perfect timing but there is always a catch with a great situation.

Initially I was only employed on a 6 month contract so not long after starting I found myself worrying about what my next job would be and more importantly when I should start looking for it. Unfortunately my job hunting was fruitless, but fortunately I was kept on for another 6 months. Having another 6 months of work lined up was a huge relief but in light of the failure of my previous job hunting efforts, it was not long before I started to worry about finding another job.  A new opportunity arose at work that I was able to apply for meaning I am now contracted until the end of 2012.  Time seems to be rapidly passing however and job hunting is once again on my mind.

For now I’m able to focus my job seeking efforts on opportunities that fit with my interests and aspirations as I’ve got the security of a job until the end of the year. However  I’m dreading December appearing out of nowhere and being in a position where I haven’t been able to find the next job move that I really want, and needing to resort to the apply for anything and everything approach which is not ideal.  I’m not specifically looking for a permanent position although I’m starting to think that a break from the worry about where the next job will come from could be quite nice.

I hate job hunting.