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.
Woburn Sands is a small town and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes, England, and part of the Milton Keynes urban area. It is south-east of Milton Keynes proper, near Wavendon. The boundary of the Borough with Bedfordshire is also that with the neighbouring parishes of Aspley Guise and Aspley Heath (in Central Bedfordshire); together the three settlements are a contiguous built-up area. Not all of Woburn Sands built-up area is in the civil parish which has its name: the meandering boundary between Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire means the Primary and Middle Schools named after the town are both across the border in Aspley Guise. At the 2011 Census, the population of the civil parish (only) was 2,916, that of the built-up area (including much of Aspley Guise) was 5,959. The town is served by Woburn Sands railway station which co-serves the near end of Wavendon which, unlike Wavendon Gate, is separated by fields from Milton Keynes. The station is on the Marston Vale line, three closely placed stops east of a main line junction station.