Career development must be based on an understanding both of the working context and of one’s own personal needs. This forms the basis of guidance given in this book, which includes contributions from three other specialists in career management and organizational dynamics. Your Career, Your Life begins by exploring what work offers the individual, reasons why we do it, positive and negative experiences and the effects of personal and external drivers. The author then looks closely at the individual’s relationship with the employer organization and at global, particularly technological, trends in the information world, explaining how to assess career satisfaction and choose techniques for getting ’unstuck’. A variety of support and self-assessment processes (such as shadowing, mentoring, performance monitoring, psychometric testing) are presented to progress the reader towards actively managing choices and making moves. The author guides us through the different stages of the job search and application process, suggesting self-development and learning methods for defining career needs, whether full time, freelance or part time, as well as ways of assessing competencies and attributes in relation to the job market. In the second part of this book Angela Abell focuses on changing employer needs, ’the knowledge economy’ and the future profile and skills of information professionals. Rossana Kendall, quoting numerous examples, offers empowering tools for creating space to think positively, for developing constructive dialogues and so managing negativity and change. She explores the underlying factors governing how we handle change and the other complexities of work and life, and their implications for careers. In the final chapter differing attitudes to change are explored by Liz Roberts, with particular emphasis on senior management roles, and the challenges and rewards they, or the option of downshifting, can bring. A series of case studies highlights di
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Work: overview and philosophy, Rosemary Raddon; Work: change and the information professional, Rosemary Raddon; Preparation for change: support mechanisms, dynamics and processes, Rosemary Raddon; Managing career change and growth, Rosemary Raddon; Changing contexts and roles for information workers, Angela Abell; Developing a career in organizations: or don't take it personally!, Rosanna Kendall; Coping with organizational change, Rossana Kendall; Upwards, onwards or outwards?, Liz Roberts; Case studies; Appendices; Bibliography; Journals; Index.
Rosemary Raddon, editor of Ashgate title Information Dynamics, has many years' experience in career and management development, working as a consultant and trainer in the public and private sectors, and as a student counsellor. A former head of the School of Information and Communication Studies at the University of North London, she is also a specialist in curriculum development and resource-based learning and is a regular writer and speaker on these subjects.
' This book presents a welcome addition to the professional literature, covering an area that certainly has not been covered to this depth previously. Raddon, formerly an information professional and a library educator, has teamed with three other contributors with strong information management backgrounds in writing this book. The authors aim to provide the reader with strategies for career management that are linked to personal choices and personality, so that work and lifestyle are complementary and productive rather than conflicting.'- The Australian Library Journal, May 2006