The Jaunary 2011 ProGen Study Group was on chapter 2, “Educational Preparation” and chapter 8, “Alternative Careers” in Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians (affiliate link) edited by Elizabeth Shown Mills.
The assignment was to develop our personal educational plans including assessing our “professional preparedness” and to include an estimate of the costs involved. I showed you the high-level view of My Development Plan before (and that had been revised since I submitted that as part of my assignment). I spent, as usual a huge amount of time on my assignment because I needed to consolidate all the little bits I knew about genealogy education and preparation. What’s nice is that Angela has a source for all that information now; remember, we talked about it?
I started with a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats). See, business degrees are good for something. And no, for those who know me, I did not include personal laziness as a personal threat to my development. If there’s anything I want to do, it’s genealogy all the time (my poor yard….).
Then I developed my two primary goals:
- To begin a business offering genealogy services part time by January 2013 and full time by November 2022 (there you go; now everyone knows when I retire)
- To apply for the Certified Genealogist credential with the Board for Certification of Genealogists® (BCG) by November 2012.
Next is, how do I get there? Without going broke? And without my neighborhood’s home owners’ association citing me for a neglected yard? This led me to the nifty graphic I showed you previously. There were several strategies involved:
- Extend community (will you be my community?, join local societies, volunteer for FamilySearch indexing, participate in RAOGK, etc.)
- Research genealogy-specific business requirements (Transitional Genealogists Forum, ProGen Study Group, etc.)
- Develop templates, etc. (develop locality guide which was actually a ProGen Study Group assignment that I’ll tell you about later)
- Develop business plan (explore local resources, SBA, etc.)
- Develop image, marketing plan, social media strategy
- Develop advanced knowledge of methodology (study the NGS Quarterly and other scholarly genealogy publications, attend institutes, etc.)
- Develop solid, comprehensive foundation (take NGS-HSC)
- Stay current (mailists, periodicals, blogs, etc.)
- Prepare lineage application for experience
- Study standards
And many activities within those strategies. But I think I have a solid, manageable plan. I just get so impatient!!!