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Claire Mills talks about her time working in the National Meteorological Library.

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Library assistants/graduate trainees

Former graduate trainees Claire Mills and Aino Stennett discuss their time working in the National Meteorological Library.

Claire Mills, 2008/9

"My time as Graduate Trainee was full of opportunities for development and training, at the same time there was a real chance to manage my own time and use my initiative. Even though this was a fixed-term post I was regarded as a key team member and had responsibility and involvement in various important projects and tasks throughout the year.

"A typical day in the role of Library Graduate Trainee might begin by ordering some articles requested by a Met Office staff member. As part of assisting in the management of the journals collection, I'll then follow up some journal issues which are late in arriving. These tasks will be carried out while at the enquiries desk, so I'll follow up any enquiries received by phone or in person. In the afternoon I'll get stuck into some ongoing projects: working alongside one of the Information Officers on designing a display for a local museum, or updating the citations statistics for the Met Office Hadley Centre.

Aino Stennett, 2007/8

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"I spent a very enjoyable and rewarding year as the graduate trainee for 2007/8. The year involved working as a library assistant with day-to-day duties such as frontline customer service, book ordering and invoice processing. In addition to that, I followed a structured training programme which introduced me to different aspects of a librarian's work as well as the basics of weather forecasting. I also got to know a little bit about the Met Office as a whole — with so much going on, it is a very exciting place to work.

"It was great doing the graduate trainee year in a specialist library as there was so much variety and so many opportunities to learn. Working as a member of a small friendly team meant that I was able to get involved in several projects that took place in the library and archive — I tried my hand at giving tours to the public, report writing and even making displays. During the course of the year, I also got to visit other libraries in the area, which was great for networking and getting to know other library sectors. I'd definitely say that the more you put in as a graduate trainee, the more you'll get from it!

"I would recommend the National Meteorological Library and Archive as a graduate trainee placement for anyone who enjoys taking on new challenges and working as a part of a team, but who also has a good attention to detail and is able to structure their own time and work on their own initiative. I personally gained a lot of confidence and valuable work experience which I hope will give me a head start in my new career."

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Last updated: 2 October 2015