We all know it is essential to focus on areas that people traditionally associate with career development (like getting your CV right and all those other basics), but it is important to realise that career development can encompass many different avenues. A new field which is becoming increasingly popular and important is that of writing for an academic publication. Sometimes the words ‘academic publication’ can be off-putting so we were very enthusiastic to help Helen Fallon, deputy librarian of Maynooth University, give a workshop.
The workshop attempted to increase the confidence and motivation to write as a starting point. Helen also explored identifying what is publishable and where to publish. What attendees seemed to react to most positively was the drafting of actual written pieces and for constructive criticism. It can be difficult to stay focused about an area that you have little or no experience with, but the practical element of the workshop was really well received.
You can read Shona Thoma’s blog post about this event here.
Thank you to all who came along, to everybody who helped, and special thanks to Helen Fallon for organising such a fantastic workshop.