Professional Development For 2018


Last year was a big year for me in terms of professional development (PD) and I am fortunate to be in a role that invariably includes learning (What file format is that? How do I get something off this physical carrier? How does this thing connect to that thing?). As 2018 begins, I feel like this year will be much the same. One of my goals this year is to actively take the time to learn more. It has been very easy to get swept up in everyday work over the last six months, so this year I plan on setting aside some dedicated time for learning.

I joined the ALIA PD Scheme this time last year and successfully completed my first year of compliance at the end of June. Based on financial year, I admittedly have not taken the time to reflect on the last six months so my first goal is to catch up on tracking my PD and plan the next five months to complete my second year of the scheme.

With that in mind, here are some things I want to learn in 2018:

  • Python: this has been at the top of my "to do" list for a while and I am increasingly finding myself in situations where I believe it could be quite useful. I have no interest in becoming a software developer, but this coding language has become quite popular with working professionals who are using programming skills to get better at their jobs. I plan on starting with Automate The Boring Stuff With Python and go from there. 

  • Public speaking: I have mentioned previously that this has not always been a strong point for me. I had several opportunities to present last year, which includes to students, to industry as well as developing and running a workshop for the first time. I am also looking forward to taking part in Australasia Preserves in Melbourne next month. This is not so much what I want to learn, more an area I would like to get more practice and experience.

  • Writing: GLAM Blog Club has provided a great opportunity to keep me active in writing something at least once a month for the past 12 months. While I plan on continuing that, I also want to start exploring other avenues. I had my first attempt at submitting an abstract to a conference last year. While unsuccessful, my plan is to build on that and keep trying.


This post is my contribution to the GLAM Blog Club January theme: 'What I want to learn in the year ahead'.

Matthew Burgess

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