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February 24, 2011


Last week I completed the MBTI questionnaire and received my results on Friday!

The MBTI is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and was developed by a mother and daughter in the 1930's to help people understand their personality type.  The questions on the questionnaire are very easy to understand but are hard to answer as your answer may change depending upon the context.  It only took about 20 minutes to answer the questions and I felt that you see were the questions where leading too (introvert or extrovert).  A careers consultant assessed answers and gave me the feedback on Friday in an hour long session.

I was quite nervous at getting the results although I know it isn't related to my ability to do my job and I also thought I had a good idea as to my personality (introverted).  You get a report booklet where the different parts of the MBTI are explained to you and you are asked where you would rate yourself.  After you've done that you then get the results from the questionnaire.  

My results came back as a INFJ but after discussing it with the careers consultant and emphasising that you only really know yourself I think I'm a INTJ.  The main difference between the two if that the F stands for Feeling and the T stands for Thinking.  When I read the descriptions through I do think that I'm more of a critical thinker than someone who seeks harmony.

The careers consultant asked as to why the questionnaire results were different as to how I felt I really am and I suppose it is that you want to appear caring especially in a work environment. 

I did the MBTI out of curiosity and from a career development aspect.  It is a good process to do and has made me think a lot about myself and other colleagues personalities as to how they react in different circumstances and hopefully to make me more tolerant of others.

To find out more about MBTI go to: Aptitude and Psychometric Testing if you are a Warwick student you can sign up for one of the sessions on myAdvantage

February 15, 2011

Effective applications careers workshop

Attended an Effective Applications Workshop on Friday 11th Feb 2011.

I have referred lots of students to this workshop as they need to attend this before being able to get their CV checked.

I found it very interesting, but it is a very quick overview on filling out applications, CVs, covering letters and personal statements.  It does give the students basic information with relevant links to the Student Careers & Skills website.  Also explaining how they need to research the sector, company and themselves and tailoring the  application or CV to the job they are applying for.  The workshop used powerpoint presentations and was broken up with exercises, bad CVs, good CVs etc). 

The students have the chance to ask questions through out the session and can ask questions relating to their own CVs at the end.  On the particular session that I attended I observed that the students didn't ask many questions.  The reason for this could be that the students had already written their CV and were only attending the workshop to enable them to have the one to one check of their CV.

It has encouraged me to get writing my CV for my chartership course, I know all the links to the website and books etc, but it takes a long time to do. I've only just finished the education and haven't started on the hard part of summarising jobs.  I will aim to get my draft CV finished by the end of this week.  (Although life does seem to get in the way).

February 05, 2011

Article on using Skype for information workshops

Eva, N (2011) Using Skype for distance information literacy instruction.  Multimedia Information & Technology, 37 (1), 10 - 12.

This article is very informative and interesting as to why an academic library (University of Lethbridge) decided to use Skype for Information literacy courses.  The courses/ workshops were being held on satellite campuses and it wasn’t economical for the librarians to visit these campuses to give the workshop.  They looked into using online tutorials but decided that it would be better for the students to have a personal “live discussion”. 

University of Lethbridge researched literature and attended courses on blending learning to find out about all of the different types of e-learning and how to present a workshop via e-learning.  In the end they decided to use Skype as the type of communication as it is free and cheap to set up as all they only had to purchase microphones and web cams.

The sessions were deemed to be a success by the students as they could ask questions and felt it had a personal touch.  University of Lethbridge will be conducting more elearning in the future.

Virtual workshops can work if the proper thought and research goes into them.  They could also work for guidance sessions as students / graduates would be able to see the person they are talking to respond to body language and be more personal.  A good alternative if you can't make it onto campus.

Posted off PPDP

I posted my PPDP to CILIP on Wednesday. 

I haven't done my framework template, but I will try to get some thing drafted up by the end of this weekend.

Have visited my local public library as it's "Save our Libraries Day" today and borrowed some books.  The library did seem quite busy, but I don't normally visit on a Saturday so I don't know if their visitor numbers are up today!  Am off to my other job this afternoon (Coventry Uni) but I'm sure that if it is busy it is due to assignments or presentation deadlines coming up.

I will also try to some reading done, there was an interesting article in MMIT on using skype for information sessions.  Some careers centres are using skype for guidance consultations so it will be interesting to find out if there is similarities in the benefits for students whether it is being used for careers or information.,uk/mmit

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February 01, 2011

Will send my PPDP tomorrow

My mentor has looked at my PPDP and it's ok to go! I will post it off tomorrow.

I have arranged to sit on an effective applications workshop on next Friday 11th February 2011.  So that will help me with drafting my own CV and to see how the Student Careers & Skills workshops are used / valued by students compared to me showing them web pages or referring to books for CV examples.  May also help me to answer some of the questions I get asked by students.

I will start drafting a template to use for reflection this week!

In meantime you may want to look at these useful information / library blogs.

Karen Blakeman blog 

Phil Bradley's weblog


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