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Re: The Professional Interest: A Modest Proposal

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Erica Ander <[log in to unmask]>

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Erica Ander <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 19 Oct 2010 13:46:24 +0100

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Rather harsh on archive schools.  Surely they are not totally vocational 
institutions? They do act as feeders to the archives job market but do 
they not also constitute the mainstay of archives as an academic 
discipline and progresser of professional knowledge?  Their major role 
is not as regulator of the sector jobs market.

Moore Craig wrote:
> For the past month we have had various emails regarding the current job market. Some people have said they are tired of the 'jobs debate'. This puzzles me as I have seen no debate. All I have read is competing tales of woe along the lines of 'Help I am drowning in debt and I can't get a job' which has been answered with 'Stop complaining I found it difficult even in the supposed good times'. 
> There has been very little attention given to reasons why the job market might be more difficult, who is responsible and what can be done about it. On the 13th of September Henry Sullivan wrote
> "When these two sets of figures are combined (see below) they give us a picture of declining jobs but more and more qualified graduates. 
>
> 2004: Graduates; 73 / First Post Qualification Posts Advertised; 139
> 2005: Graduates; 74 / First Post Qualification Posts Advertised; 118
> 2006: Graduates; 102 / First Post Qualification Posts Advertised; 105
> 2007: Graduates; 129 / First Post Qualification Posts Advertised; 83
> 2008: Graduates; 122 / First Post Qualification Posts Advertised; 101
> 2009: Graduates; 165 / First Post Qualification Posts Advertised; 51
>
> To put it boldly in 2004 there were nearly 2 jobs for each graduate, in 2009 there were over three graduates for each job."
> >From these figures it is clear to me that the reason why the job market is so difficult is because the archive schools have not been acting in the professional interest and have been flooding the market with more qualified archivists than can be sustained.
> So what is to be done? I propose a complete moratorium on recruitment of students to the archive schools for the academic year 11/12. If the archive schools refuse to recognise that they are part of a professional community and can not or will not act in the professional interest then I say disaccredit all archive school programmes. ARA should again take responsibility for awarding professional qualifications and only award qualifications based on what the job market can sustain.
>
> Craig Moore
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