It seems things in the professional world are a little calmer now the Olympics are over; I have certainly noticed more job vacancies available so hopefully things are looking up.
I have recently altered my career path from archives to records management and have noticed (which may be particular to Scotland because of the new PR(S)A enforced this year) that a lot of new RM/IM jobs are coming up... is this an opportune time to change to records management?
Has anyone else made the transition?
I myself made the transition a few years ago and haven't looked back since. Initially I found it quite a change in dealing with staff...Hi Joanna,
I myself made the transition a few years ago and haven't looked back since. Initially I found it quite a change in dealing with staff across a large organisation with different knowledge, needs, and perceptions (though you might say that most archivists do this with a variety of user groups)
I also found the need to regularly advocate the benefits of records management quite a new thing at first, however after a few years in the field it's almost become second nature. I think as a profession its definitely one where you need to look at what your whole organisation is trying to achieve and make sure your activities are ticking as many boxes as possible (e.g. I looked at my organisation's plan for the next few years and tried to make sure records management was helping to achieve some of the objectives).
It's a very interesting field of work to go into and one which can encompass a whole raft of areas including information security, information governance, compliance etc. I also really like the fact that it gives you an insight into many aspects of the organisation that you work for, outside the normal remit of records management.
With on-going developments in technology I think now certainly is the time to change to records management and embrace the opportunities it can bring with it.
David Show more 5 years ago