Quote of the day comes from this New Scientist article:
” The best way to impress an interviewer is with technical ability”
The 2nd interesting suggestion on my Adult Directions_ My Careers list was the hilariously original:
There’s just no fighting it I guess so I started exploring the resources suggested with it, the first of which was BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT.
For the classically trained this is probably no surprise but for those of us that stumbled into IT it offers a HUGE AMOUNT of career based info. It’s prompted me to kick off a whole page on Personal Development and Career Planning, as well as these notes:
- Become Chartered IT Professional – requires this Assessment Criteria.
- Requires experience level @ Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) Level 5 – I probably qualify for this
- Responsibility Evaluation Test – I DID NOT PASS this. This suggests to me it is aimed at higher levels of MANAGEMENT.
- Involves sitting a Breadth of Knowledge test with a pretty broad syllabus – I got 75% on the sample test which is a PASS
- Safari Books Online and other publications for members
- Pay for Professional Membership
- The BCS Professional Graduate Diploma in IT is recognised for entry onto an MSc at these Universities – I could probably just apply straight for an MSc. However reading the study guide raises some interesting ideas:
- “Self-study is also available and can be an attractive option, particularly for candidates who are already working in IT.” – THAT’S ME
- You can apply for individual exemption otherwise you have to study all certificates – IT MIGHT BE INTERESTING TO APPLY FOR EXEMPTION TO SEE HOW MY EDUCATION/SKILLS ARE RATED.
- I’m unsure about this, it may be worth reaching out to their Contacts to get some advice on whether I should consider studying – ADDED TO PLAN B KANBAN
- There are regional branches and specialist groups like:
- Personal Development Plan (PDP) – this tool is FREE. Possible alternative to the PDP process at the old company which in practice was a bit non-existent.
- The PDP tool has a Tour which is RUBBISH as it has screenshot images that are unreadable.
- However does have good forms for setting GOALS and ACTIVITIES
- Has been blogged about.
- To assist with career planning they provide information on Career Paths including career paths and certification in:
- SFIAplus is BCS offering which expands the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), the industry international skills and competency framework. – I WOULD NEED TO JOIN