PKSB Analysis. This was my first step on my CILIP Fellowship journey. As part of the requirements you have to undertake a self analysis of your skills using the PKSB. Under each of the categories there are a number of skills, and you score yourself on a scale of 0 (none) to 4 (advanced) as to where you are now and where you want to be.
Sounds easy doesn’t it? Actually I found this incredibly hard. Trying to distinguish between what was 3(good) level of knowledge versus 4(advanced) is something that even now I have questions about. I decided to go through the whole PKSB and rate myself in every section. Whilst I have put areas where my existing knowledge is lower than my ideal level, I’m not intending on improving all of these over the next year. It’s more a case of trying to think where I want to be at some point, and this is how I feel about it now.
Being overly critical
I am very critical of myself. I have high expectations, and in my first attempt at my PKSB analysis this really showed. When I went through each item with my mentor, and discussed it she queried some of my ratings. We went through it changing some of the values – on the whole increasing the scores of my current level of knowledge in a number of areas. It helped to discuss this, as through talking through what I felt I knew in different areas it clarified to me that actually maybe I did know a bit more than I thought.
I think it would be helpful if CILIP could provide more guidance on what the scores mean. Also it would help if the statements from the PDF PKSB version on p4 were included on the gap analysis spreadsheet. I used that to do my analysis and it just shows the numbers not the detailed info.
Deciding what to prioritise
We also discussed where I should focus my efforts for my CILIP Fellowship. Although I had shown a number of areas where I felt I could improve my skills, not all of them were a priority for me. Again having the mentor to discuss this was really useful, as she helped clarify my thoughts and when I asked for suggestions on taking it forward she gave me some great ideas too. Areas I want to progress are:
- Technology – keeping up to date with new tec and improving my systems level knowledge of the CILIP VLE
- Data analysis – I want to improve my analysis skills. There’s so much data collected by the VLE logs and I’m not really doing anything with it.
- Info behaviour – this links with the anlaysis. I’d like to drill more into user behaviour and user experience so that I can improve the VLE for our members.
- Networking – I feel I have slipped into a black hole of obscurity over the last few years, and want to become more active in the profession.
- Leadership – am keen to develop these skills
So following on from my mentor meeting to discuss the PKSB analysis I went back and annotated the spreadsheet. I’ve added comments explaining which areas I want to prioritise, and those I am leaving for now and why. I’ve uploaded this into my Portfolio along with the initial one, so that the assessors can see the ongoing thought process.
I then used those areas I had identified as priorities and put them into a plan on the CILIP Portfolio. Each heading has a couple of actions, and I have tried to set some dates as a way of motivating myself. Using one of my #Fellowshipfridays I then started to try and identify how I would do these – I’ve signed up for a Mooc or two, and arranged some meetings with colleagues as starting points.
So I have made a start. It’s a very small start, but hopefully if I keep taking these small steps I will eventually get there. Which is rather like my running… slow, steady, stumbling and staggering but eventually I make it to the end.