So despite having being qualified for only six years, I've had a wide variety of experiences and have been blessed to have been in organisations which have supported my growth and development all the way through. This was particularly evident when I was undergoing the chartership process as I had the lovely problem of having too much evidence rather than not enough! This whole process gave me the opportunity to reflect how far I had come (something that in every day life you don't really think about) and I became chartered in 2010.
During this time, I was also very fortunate to have a mentor who not only guided and supported me, but also who inspired me as well. As a result of this relationship, we worked together on several health projects and as a result it has made me consider working in a health library / information setting in the future. This is something I would never considered in the past and so it shows the benefit of having a mentor outside your own library sector.
As for the future, I would like to gain some experience in a health library, just to test the water and I'm keen to expand my teaching knowledge and experience, as teaching information literacy gets me really excited (very sad I know!). So far it seems like you need to be in an academic environment to be able to get the relevant teaching qualification lots of academic libraries are asking for, but I'm investigating a few lifelong learning courses that I may be able to do, although without vast quantities of teaching time, it is proving to be a hard search. Suggestions on a postcard would be most welcome! And in the meantime as well, I would also like to start thinking about a mentor again. I got so much out of my previous mentoring experience, I think it would be worthwhile to pursue again. So thank you Thing 11 for prompting me!
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