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Title: Aiming Outside: Other Careers Ulla de Stricker www.destricker.com


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Aiming Outside Other Careers Ulla de
Stricker www.destricker.com
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You - Yes You Could You be a Policy Analyst?
  • Of course.
  • Question Are we game?

3
What We Will Cover
  • Part One What Jobs/Requirements are Out There?
  • Part Two Mapping Translating Skills
  • Part Three Overcoming the L

4
Part One Work Out There
5
Thought Experiment
  • In what other settings could the things we
    routinely do be applicable?
  • Six examples of requirements lifted from recent
    online job postings

6
Example 1
  • CONDUCT RESEARCH, COMPILE DATA, AND PREPARE
    PAPERS FOR CONSIDERATION AND PRESENTATION BY
    EXECUTIVES
  • PREPARE INVOICES, REPORTS, MEMOS, LETTERS,
    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS, USING
    WORD PROCESSING, SPREADSHEET, DATABASE, AND/OR
    PRESENTATION SOFTWARE
  • ANALYZE INCOMING AND OUTGOING MEMORANDA,
    SUBMISSIONS AND REPORTS AND PREPARE AND
    CO-ORDINATE THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF
    SUMMARY BRIEFS AND REPORTS TO EXECUTIVES
  • MEET WITH INDIVIDUALS, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
    AND OTHERS ON BEHALF OF EXECUTIVES, COMMITTEES
    AND BOARDS OF DIRECTORS
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare
    papers for consideration and presentation by
    executives
  • Meet with individuals, special interest groups
    and others on behalf of executives, committees
    and boards of directors
  • Prepare reports, memos, letters, financial
    statements and other documents
  • Analyze incoming and outgoing memoranda,
    submissions and reports and coordinate the
    preparation and submission of summary briefs and
    reports to executives

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Example 1
  • CONDUCT RESEARCH, COMPILE DATA, AND PREPARE
    PAPERS FOR CONSIDERATION AND PRESENTATION BY
    EXECUTIVES
  • PREPARE INVOICES, REPORTS, MEMOS, LETTERS,
    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS, USING
    WORD PROCESSING, SPREADSHEET, DATABASE, AND/OR
    PRESENTATION SOFTWARE
  • ANALYZE INCOMING AND OUTGOING MEMORANDA,
    SUBMISSIONS AND REPORTS AND PREPARE AND
    CO-ORDINATE THE PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION OF
    SUMMARY BRIEFS AND REPORTS TO EXECUTIVES
  • MEET WITH INDIVIDUALS, SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
    AND OTHERS ON BEHALF OF EXECUTIVES, COMMITTEES
    AND BOARDS OF DIRECTORS
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare
    papers for consideration and presentation by
    executives
  • Meet with individuals, special interest groups
    and others on behalf of executives, committees
    and boards of directors
  • Prepare reports, memos, letters, financial
    statements and other documents
  • Analyze incoming and outgoing memoranda,
    submissions and reports and coordinate the
    preparation and submission of summary briefs and
    reports to executives
  • Research/reference and analysis

8
Example 2
  • Develop Strategic Insights by understanding of
    market research data and analysis of program
    results to develop business strategies for the
    client and presenting them to key stakeholders
    during review sessions being informed of
    internal/external factors that may affect client
    operations.
  • Manage Key Client Deliverables by fulfilling
    daily client requests, creating and managing
    project plans for new programs communicating
    with client(s) on a daily basis managing
    internal and external suppliers.
  • Provide Effective Direction to Clients by
    performing systems training for clients and their
    users cultivating client relationships
    maintaining a consultative role.

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Example 2
  • Develop Strategic Insights by understanding of
    market research data and analysis of program
    results to develop business strategies for the
    client and presenting them to key stakeholders
    during review sessions being informed of
    internal/external factors that may affect client
    operations.
  • Manage Key Client Deliverables by fulfilling
    daily client requests, creating and managing
    project plans for new programs communicating
    with client(s) on a daily basis managing
    internal and external suppliers.
  • Provide Effective Direction to Clients by
    performing systems training for clients and their
    users cultivating client relationships
    maintaining a consultative role.
  • Original research, acquisitions, client
    service, vendor relations, user training

10
Example 3
  • Develop and write backgrounders, presentation
    support materials by researching, writing, and
    editing marketing materials for milestones,
    events, programs, etc.
  • Write corporate communications documents,
    strategies, reports, marketing material, print
    and electronic communications.
  • Provide speech writing and presentation support
    for CEO, Chair of the Board, Executive Team
    Members and senior staff. Conduct all necessary
    research, prepare all briefing materials. Ensure
    good exposure for top staff to deliver messaging.
  • Responsible for the development, writing and
    delivery of key reports including Annual Reports.

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Example 3
  • Develop and write backgrounders, presentation
    support materials by researching, writing, and
    editing marketing materials for milestones,
    events, programs, etc.
  • Write corporate communications documents,
    strategies, reports, marketing material, print
    and electronic communications.
  • Provide speech writing and presentation support
    for CEO, Chair of the Board, Executive Team
    Members and senior staff. Conduct all necessary
    research, prepare all briefing materials. Ensure
    good exposure for top staff to deliver messaging.
  • Responsible for the development, writing and
    delivery of key reports including Annual Reports.
  • Excellent Written Communication Skills

12
Example 4
  • Investigate, assess and make recommendations
    regarding program planning, policy and evaluation
  • Proactively problem solve, recommend ideas and
    strategies, and share information and best
    practices wrt sensitive and complex issues
  • Prepare financial and statistical reports
    budgets
  • Develop marketing outreach strategies, including
    research, presentations, briefing materials and
    other external communications

13
Example 4
  • Investigate, assess and make recommendations
    regarding program planning, policy and evaluation
  • Proactively problem solve, recommend ideas and
    strategies, and share information and best
    practices wrt sensitive and complex issues
  • Prepare financial and statistical reports
    budgets
  • Develop marketing outreach strategies, including
    research, presentations, briefing materials and
    other external communications
  • User needs assessments strategic planning,
    preparing budgets, marketing library services

14
Example 5
  • Lead research using available information sources
    on local market demographics, settlement and
    employment service needs to effectively provide
    data and analysis on newcomer, employer, service
    provider and community assets / capacity
  • Coordinate needs assessments, focus groups, and
    surveys to clients / employers / community
    partners to determine settlement and integration
    challenges into the community
  • Promote the organization through excellent
    marketing, public relations and presentation
    skills  

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Example 5
  • Lead research using available information sources
    on local market demographics, settlement and
    employment service needs to effectively provide
    data and analysis on newcomer, employer, service
    provider and community assets / capacity
  • Coordinate needs assessments, focus groups, and
    surveys to clients / employers / community
    partners to determine settlement and integration
    challenges into the community
  • Promote the organization through excellent
    marketing, public relations and presentation
    skills  
  • Research PR

16
Example 6
  • demonstrated knowledge of communication and
    information theory, methods, techniques and
    practices, and stakeholder relations in order to
    plan, coordinate and implement initiatives and
    projects
  • knowledge of contract and vendor management
    processes and practices in order to coordinate
    and administer the procurement process
  • knowledge of Internet, satellite broadcasting,
    digital video conferencing equipment and Wide
    Area Network technologies in order to provide
    customized and professional events to clients

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Example 6
  • demonstrated knowledge of communication and
    information theory, methods, techniques and
    practices, and stakeholder relations in order to
    plan, coordinate and implement initiatives and
    projects
  • knowledge of contract and vendor management
    processes and practices in order to coordinate
    and administer the procurement process
  • knowledge of Internet, satellite broadcasting,
    digital video conferencing equipment and Wide
    Area Network technologies in order to provide
    customized and professional events to clients
  • Planning and project management / Vendor
    negotiations

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Investigation
  • We are familiar with adjacent employment areas
    such as CI/BI, web/content management, and IM/KM
  • Research Project
  • Analyze the content of job postings in the next
    adjacent employment domains Managerial,
    Policy, Marketing, Communications, Media, Senior
    Administrative, etc to find matches to specific
    skills

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Where to Look?
  • Naturally, repositories such as Workopolis,
    JobStart, GoJobs
  • Organizational websites job listings -
    government entities at all levels, nonprofits,
    NGOs, associations, startups

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Where to Dig Some More?
  • In target industries, seek out individuals who
    may be willing to describe what they do day to
    day
  • Diagnose the functions and activities from the
    point of view of what would I need to add to my
    skill set in order to perform such a function?
  • Sidle up Attend meetings of e.g.
  • http//toronto.methods.knowledgeworkers.org/
  • Read the professional literature of the target
    industry

22
Part Two Mapping and Translating Skills
  • Potential job postings feature a vocabulary we
    may use as a basis for the translation of our
    skills and experience the other way into
    language matching employers requirements and
    desires
  • Build concordance from info pro experience and
    expertise to business/government/nonprofit
    activities
  • Example

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Mapping and Translating Skills
  • Example from the non-L world
  • I combined 15 years worth of records/information
    into a simple and quick retrieval system for a
    group of 20 analysts. Apparently many previous
    attempts had failed. It took me about three
    months to set up a working system after going
    through every piece of existing information to
    determine what to purge and keep and then to
    understand the users types of queries.

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Concordance
  • Perform reference and research
  • Assess user needs and broker service agreements
  • Analyze and summarize content for distribution to
    various stakeholder groups
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare
    papers for consideration and presentation by
    executives
  • Meet with individuals, special interest groups
    and others on behalf of executives, committees
    and boards of directors
  • Analyze incoming and outgoing memoranda,
    submissions and reports and coordinate the
    preparation and submission of summary briefs and
    reports to executives

25
Does it feel about this natural?
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Questions to Prompt the Concordance
  • How have I supported knowledge workers or
    business processes?
  • When did I conduct research to support a
    proposal?
  • How have I ensured stakeholder needs were
    considered in strategic planning?
  • What has been my contribution to protecting
    corporate memory?
  • How have my advanced searching skills saved the
    day for clients?

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Questions to Prompt the Concordance
  • What are my client services accomplishments?
  • What are the best examples of my ability to lead
    teams?
  • How have I supported and promoted change
    management?
  • What difference have I made to any department in
    which I worked?

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Dictionary Examples
  • Reference research support
  • Acquisitions procurement and vendor
    negotiations
  • Cataloguing document management
  • ILS content management system, inventory
    tracking
  • Indexing content tagging, taxonomy
  • User instruction training in the use of tools /
    systems
  • User surveys client needs assessment
  • Online searching skills using enterprise
    search systems

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Part Three Overcoming the Perception of the L
  • Old Analogy Housewife logistics and
    operations manager, educator, negotiator,
    nutritional consultant, events coordinator,
    nurse, guidance counselor
  • Librarian program coordinator, researcher,
    analyst, client service director, policy
    developer, marketer, communications specialist,
    shareholder relations manager
  • Face the challenge up front without using
    but
  • State the competencies without our jargon

30
Leverage Association Roles Volunteer Activity
  • Describe experience and expertise gained during
    the work of chairing committees, holding elected
    office, organizing association events, etc
  • Use accomplishments as community volunteer to
    demonstrate service ethic, planning skills, etc
  • Point to seminars and presentations as evidence
    of communication skills

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Tackle the Question Up Front
  • In the cover letter, come right out and say it
  • From professional experience in an information
    centric environment, I offer the skills and
    expertise your organization needs
  • Track record of
  • Demonstrated success in
  • Solid accomplishments in

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Deal with Subject Matter
  • As employers may desire hiring someone with a
    specific subject background, address industry or
    domain knowledge
  • Subject knowledge Through my work supporting
    knowledge workers at . , I developed extensive
    familiarity with . and with the challenges
    commonly encountered in .

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Then Speak to the Job Functions One by One
  • List the key requirements and show how each is
    met
  • Develop marketing outreach strategies In 2010,
    I led a new .. initiative for organization
    and created the communications plan to engage the
    stakeholders
  • Proactively problem solve and recommend
    strategies In 2009, I undertook a research
    project to discover why . and built a business
    case to address the findings

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Long Term Further Education Couldnt Hurt
  • Let personal interest, undergrad major, or
    skills in demand point to more education so as
    to show knowledge of the field in question
  • Knowledge of XXXX During the last three years,
    I completed the YYYY program at ZZZZ College

35
Question
  • Based on a remarkable boom in .., what kind of
    professional will be in high demand in the coming
    years?

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