History of the Scottish mini-conference
This year – bigger and better!
Up next was Jane Moody, the SfEP’s Professional Development Director, who explained more about the part that continuous professional development plays when upgrading your membership.
She explained how a wide range of activities can fall into this category, apart from attending training courses or studying for an online qualification.
- webinars and podcasts
- attending exhibitions and conferences in your specialist area
- MOOCs (massive online open courses, e.g. through FutureLearn)
- visits and exchanges
- shadowing/observing a colleague
- mentoring/being mentored (formally or informally)
- peer group exchanges, e.g. via the SfEP forum
- personal reading or research.
Laura’s first session was titled Authentic networking: how to present yourself in a natural way and talk comfortably about what you do. What Laura may lack in the height department she more than makes up for in energy – there was no chance of anyone nodding off in the ‘graveyard slot’ after lunch!
She encouraged this group of editors, many of whom self-identify as introverted, to do the dreaded pairwork and, oh my goodness, PRACTISE their elevator pitches!
Laura reminded us that we had been networking all day when we were talking to other editors in the breaks, that finding a job isn’t the only focus of networking and that online networking is a conversation, not a sales pitch.
Energised by the inspiration, we all went off to practise our networking at the tea break, when we were able to enjoy the sunshine – yes, we do get whole days of it in Scotland, sometimes!
- If I say yes to this, what else am I saying yes to?
- What am I saying no to?
- If I say no to this, what am I saying yes to?
- What else am I saying no to?
She gave us a brief update on current events at the SfEP and took some questions from the floor, before bringing the day to a close with the prize draw, when three lucky people won a £50 voucher towards further training with SfEP.
It was great to see that people didn’t immediately rush off, and that there was plenty of hanging around and chatting afterwards. And some of us even managed to stop off for a refreshment before heading for the train!