Career planning

The perfect time to start thinking about your career journey is now. Career planning involves a collection of activities to help you reflect on your career aspirations and then turn your career hopes and dreams into actionable steps. This can include exploring your values and strengths, mapping out your goals and identifying the key activities, people and skill development to help you along the way.

To help in your career choices and support your growth personally and professionally, Macquarie University Human Resources have compiled the following comprehensive collection of resources for you to use as a starting point:

To look at future opportunities and consider where the higher education sector is going have a look at the Horizon Report.

What is on the five-year horizon for higher education institutions? Which trends and technology developments will drive educational change? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 78 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2018 Higher Education Edition, in partnership with the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This NMC Horizon Report series charts the five-year impact of innovative practices and technologies for higher education across the globe.

Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology profiled in this report are poised to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education. The three sections of this report constitute a reference and technology planning guide for educators, higher education leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. Read the report here:

Interview and Resume – for an example of a Resume and also some tips on Interview skills please click here.

Some other information and links to resources you may find useful for your Career Planning Purposes:


CAUL is the peak leadership organisation for university libraries in Australia. Members are the lead library executive of the institutions that have representation on Universities Australia. The following link is Caul’s Projects and Programs site – including professional development programs and digital literacy projects.


This document is intended to alert the profession to the importance of investing in the development and maintenance of the expertise of staff. It aims to advise individuals, associations, and institutions in their efforts to assure ongoing learning for a profession that will be well qualified to provide excellent service to its publics. Chapters 1 and 2 provide a framework of “best practice” for professional learning and career planning.
IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices.


A list of “core competencies” based on different roles in academic libraries. A useful resource for identifying what sorts of skills and aptitudes are required for different business units.
This document can be used to:

  • understand the skill sets and capabilities of workers in the Library and Information (LIS) sector
  • help current and new LIS practitioners to identify their professional and personal developmental priorities
  • inform conversations on LIS organisational workforce capabilities needed to provide current and relevant services and resources.

CAVAL Competencies for Academic and Research Librarians – 2017

Competency Lists for Academic Libraries – 2018 For more in-depth competencies you can view these lists. Based on the CAVAL Competencies 2017 – an annotated bibliography regarding different skill sets categorised by competency category.

ALA Core Competencies statements – many separate documents being statements of required competencies for different roles in the ILS sector.

Other resources: