We have asked members to provide an insight into their own CPD diaries, to share those experiences with others and give us all some ideas as to how we can fulfill our CPD requirements as members of the Institute. If you would like to contribute and share your experiences please get in touch with Lianne (lianne.birney [at] archaeologists.net).
We are aiming to include a new diary every few months, some providing a general view-point and others focusing on more specific questions. These will also be added to our ebulletin.
Our July contribution comes from Eleanor Digby (Student) who has written a blog about her work experience week at the Museum of London. To read Eleanor's blog entry, just follow the link above.
Our March contribution comes from Rachel Edwards (Rachel Edwards MA MA MCIfA, Self-employed working as Arboretum Archaeological Consultancy) who explains how the CIfA CPD scheme is really helpful and is not prescriptive about what counts as CPD, so as long as it fits in with your PDP. To read Rachel's CPD entry, just follow the link above.
Our December contribution comes from George Luke (George Luke MA ACIfA, Self-employed field archaeologist seorasbheag [at] hotmail.co.uk ) who explains that being proactive and creating your own CPD is just as important as any training your employer may provide. To read George's CPD entry, just follow the link above.
The first of our July contributions comes from Andrea Bradley (Andrea Bradley MA MIfA, Independent Consultant) who explains how to identify various training opportunities when your work is so varied. To read Andrea's diary entry, just follow the link above.
The second of our July contributions comes from Steve Allen (Steve Allen BSc MIfA, Archaeological Wood Specialist, York Archaeological Trust) who explains how you can approach CPD in several ways, that his approach is essentially an opportunistic one and how this translates into practice. To read Steve's diary entry, just follow the link above.
Our November contribution comes from Susan Hamilton (AIfA, Susan Hamilton AIfA, External Liaison Project Manager, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland) who explains how she differentiates between different types of CPD and how to maintain a good balance. To read Susan' diary entry, just follow the link above.
Our October diary entry comes from CBA Community Archaeology Training Coordinator, Tara-Jane Sutcliffe, who manages the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project, a Heritage Lottery Funded programme of one-year work-based learning placements. As a result Tara provides professional development support to trainees as well as to their supervisors and mentors within host organisations; this includes input into training plans, guidance through learning agreements and delivery of ‘train-the-trainer’ events.
Our September contribution comes from Chris Cox (MIfA, Director, Air Photo Services Ltd) who discusses the value of keeping a CPD diary and how it has helped her come to value the contribution that constantly learning and updating your skills makes to your professional life. To read Chris' diary entry, just follow the link above.