After much procrastinating I recently submitted and passed my CILIP Revalidation. I thought I’d post some comments on things that I noted to do differently/better next time around.
1. Do get the word count right!
In my mind I thought I had 750 words to play with – imagine my horror after composing a glorious 750 word reflective statement to discover it needed to be 250. There was some serious hacking and slaying of words that was painful. I cheated a bit, using a table I had produced as a piece of supporting evidence. You don’t have to add supporting evidence for revalidation, but I felt it showed reflection and didn’t want to lose it.
2. Put your CPD in one log
You have to log at least 20 hours of CPD to revalidate. This wasn’t a problem, but I had thought it would be nice to create separate logs for each category of CPD activity e.g. one for Moodle Development, one for Digitisation etc. This meant that when I came to assemble my Page for submission on the CILIP Portfolio I had to add multiple logs – which looked a bit scrappy. For next time I’m going to do one log, but use the tagging feature to categorise things.
3. Log things when they happen
I had not kept my log up to date, so ended up adding in things in a bundle. This meant I had to rely on my not so hot memory. I’m sure I missed things out, so I have made a resolution to try and add things as they happen and be more proactive about this.
4. check the guide before submitting
In the excitement of completing my statement and log, I went ahead and submitted my page on the CILIP VLE. And forgot that I had to share it with the assessors! [Yes I should know better as CILIP employee]. Luckily my colleagues in the office pointed this out to me, and I was able to go in to sort it out, but if I had bothered to check the lovely revalidation guide Matthew Wheeler had produced I would have seen this instruction on it.
The revalidation process wasn’t that difficult. I know I can easily do more than 20 hours CPD a year, its just a case of noting it down. And actually the process of doing this made me think about what I want to do over the next year to develop myself. I’d recommend doing revalidation as it creates a record for you that goes beyond your current job – I’m on a temporary contract at the moment, so for me I see this as a way of helping me to record what I am developing now for when I have to start job hunting again.
On the success of passing my revalidation I have decided to take the next step and have enrolled for CILIP Fellowship. Again I think it will help me for future career moves, and will provide a focus for working out what areas I want to develop my skills in. So watch out for future posts on that.
So go on – if you haven’t revalidated why not give it a go?