Tag Archives: employment

All change!

Cheryl KingOn a grey and drizzly Monday evening it seemed that quite a few people in Victoria Library were having doubts about their careers.

Cheryl King was running a workshop entitled ‘Change your career, Change your life’, and with 28 attendees, the events room was full to the brim with people anxious to escape that Monday morning feeling. With a strong message of taking action the workshop proved popular with the crowd.

Cheryl will be holding the workshop again at Maida Vale Library on 28 November and at Westminster Reference Library on 14 December, for those people who missed the talk at Victoria Library.

Westminster Libraries holds many, many events throughout the year, quite a few of which have a business or career focus – keep an eye on our News & events page and/or follow us on Twitter to get the latest on forthcoming events.



How to get the most out of LinkedIn

Chris CarterMore than 40 people attended this recent event at Westminster Reference Library, a strong indicator of the increased interest in Social Media for Business.

This seminar was aimed at those still unsure of the benefits and those that may have been registered for some time but still unclear about how to make it work for them.

The presentation covered a good number of LinkedIn applications and for each one Chris Carter demonstrated how this growing networking tool can best contribute to finding a job and expanding your social network with very little effort.

Judging from the participants’ various questions and reactions the presentation was very relevant. Chris succeeded in bringing some clarity, structure and fun into this successful business tool, so much so that we had to gently nudge the audience away as the event overran by more than an hour (and just in case you wondered – no, no wine was served!).

Here are a few of the comments:

“I now feel equipped to take my LinkedIn network and profile to a stage of active professional use, rather than just an address book.”

“Very thorough, [Chris] explained each section in detail.”

“Thank you for the event, very enlightening.”

“I now have an action plan of at least 15 ways to improve how I use LinkedIn.”

“Good presentation, excellent tips given.”

“Useful information, especially to promote my business.”

“Good, [Chris] knows her stuff and the screen demos were very useful.”

You can find out about future Business events at Westminster Reference Library, Pimlico Library, Paddington Library and Church Street Library by liking the Westminster BIPs Facebook page, or following @WCCLibraries on Twitter.


New library, new learning centre

Church Street Library Learning CentreThe new academic year has started and the Learning Centre at Church Street Library is buzzing with activities.

Church Street residents have  been waiting eagerly for the Learning Centre to start running classes for adult learners. It’s all happening now and the most popular activities are Basic Computer courses, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and the Bengali Reading Group. There are five Basic Computer courses running at the moment and they are all full!

The facilities are great as the new Learning Centre has 14 computers and a SmartBoard which is proving very popular with the teachers.

CV and employment surgeries run four times a week where local residents can get help with CVs, application forms and preparation for job interviews. Jobseekers can also come to these sessions to use a computer for 2 hours, for free, to search for jobs and to work on their CVs.

As the popularity of the courses are growing (as is the waiting list in the library) make sure you register your interest early if you want to join any of the activities. Just speak to a member of staff in the library to find out how you can join.