As a records officer you're responsible for the effective and appropriate management of an organisation's records from their creation, right through to their eventual disposal.
The Skills Required
You'll need to have:
- strong communication skills to deal with senior colleagues, suppliers and contractors;
- negotiation skills to persuade senior colleagues to follow agreed record storing guidelines;
- problem-solving and analytical skills to develop an understanding of how your organisation works and build integrated records systems;
- good project management and organisational skills;
- a good grasp of new technology to use and adapt to new IT packages and systems;
- an awareness of information management principles and familiarity with information systems and archives;
- attention to detail;
- flexibility to get involved in all aspects of information provision.
- Knowledge of the data protection and freedom of information legislation is also useful.
To become a records manager, you'll normally need a first degree followed by a postgraduate qualification recognised and accredited by the ARA.
The subject of your first degree isn't particularly relevant, and records managers come from a range of backgrounds, including archives management, scientific research, financial and retail management, and the civil service.
Entry onto a postgraduate course is competitive and you normally need a good honours degree and previous work experience. Courses lead to a nine-month Postgraduate Diploma, the minimum requirement for employment as a professional records manager, or a full one-year Masters degree on completion of a dissertation. Most courses are combined archives and records management programmes.
The Eastern, coastal town of Grimsby is located almost directly across the country from Liverpool, and is found just south of the Humber River Estuary. The town therefore unsurprisingly has a long-lasting history in fishing and naval history, including playing a large part in the Cod Wars in the twentieth century. Grimsby still proudly shows its history in fishing-related economy, with one of the many attractions in the town being the Fishing Heritage Centre. The proud history and culture of the many fishermen who risked their lives to meet demands within the fishing industry is still remembered to this day all over the town.
Aside from the distinct culture of the town, it is not an isolated and desolate place that is completely stuck in the past – far from it in fact, and it is easily accessible from other areas of the country. The town is close to the M180 and has several A-roads running through or nearby, including the A16 and A180. Grimsby also has the Grimsby Town railway station and is very close to the Humberside Airport.
In addition to the various nature parks and outside attractions around Grimsby, which include the People’s Park and Cleethorpes Country Park, being the coastal town that it is, there are also 4 and a half miles of sandy beach alongside Cleethorpes coast to visit on sunny days, and get the second-to-none, fresh seaside breeze.