Published: October 19, 2020 by Gillian Collins
Imagine being asked a group of “career preference” questions five years ago, the same questions in five years, and the same questions today: Do the three ‘you’ agree that you prefer to work in a youth library, or do you prefer academic libraries? How many co-workers make up your ideal work framework? And do you like what you do? Depending on how much work experience you have had so far, you may not be sure about your reactions, but that just means now is the perfect time to take advantage of one of the most useful career resources, self-esteem. Even better, update it as you progress through the program and you will be exposed to new ideas and career options. Consider self-esteem as a very important career and check-in list.
Purpose and practice
The self-esteem was created by iSchool’s former career counselor, Jill Klees. Self-esteem is designed solely for you, and helps you identify and / or discover patterns that define the type of career in which you will thrive. This is not a test, and there are no right or wrong answers; Instead, see it as a set of “guidelines” that will help you reflect on your preferences at this point in time, based on what you know and have experienced so far. It may feel a little strange at first if you are not used to this kind of introspection, but it’s a great habit for career development to control. Think of it as how you determine which career choices will best reflect who you are and what rewards you the most. Then, when you need to evaluate a potential job, you will have an excellent set of criteria to work with.
Self-esteem for career and you
For your design convenience, you can fill out the self-assessment sheet and save it from time to time. There are three parts: functions, people and scenery. These categories ask for questions that you can answer and ponder. Here is the type of information you will consider:
Functions: The job you love is the career you will fulfill. What part of any job, or even participation in a professional organization, was most rewarding and enjoyable? What subject at school caused this light bulb to light in your head; What made you say, “That makes sense!” What issues or issues of LIS made you think “it’s fascinating and I want to learn a lot more about it?”
people: Colleagues, bosses, patrons, students and / or clients – these fall into the realm of “people”. In most jobs, you can probably only choose between co-workers and employers, students and / or clients. Do you feel most productive if you interact with a lot of people, or is it exhausting? Do you want to work with clients, students or clients (everyone can be demanding and rewarding in their own way)? Have you been comfortable working in a team in the past, or do you feel that a heavy team work environment just isn’t for you?
definition: When considering this category, keep in mind that the ‘scenery’ today – a global epidemic, etc. – is not the one you remember from a previous career or work experience, and it will not necessarily look the same in the future. But this is where you will consider the variables of space that have led to your most productive and proud moments at work. Steady and expected pace or fast start-stop pace? Built-in schedule, or expectations for unexpected tasks with your daily duties? Quiet and low, or at a productively high volume? And probably in the foreseeable future, are you comfortable working remotely?
You will find variations on these questions in the worksheet. Rewrite them so that they make sense to you, but have the same meaning – functions, peoples, definitions. You should update your self-assessment sheet at least after each semester. For example, were you enlightened in a digital curatorial course last semester, or do you feel more excited to learn how to improve your school library choice, based on the just-concluded youth literature seminar? Note this in your self-assessment document so that you do not lose these important findings from your self-reflection process.
Things change, as we are all aware, but that does not mean you can not take responsibility for at least some of the ways in which these changes will affect your career. You have more control than you think in this career circus, and the tool for self-esteem is a great resource that helps you exercise that control.
Just think how fascinating (and enlightening) it will be when you have this career conversation with yourself in five years … because you have kept your self-esteem up to date from now until 2025!
A quick jot from Gillian
I did the self-assessment in January 2020, and uploaded it while working on this post. At the time I was working in a movie theater and had previous experience working in offices. I felt better when I worked in the cinema. I had co-workers, and heck, I even enjoyed 90% of the general public who had manners and realized I could not let them in 30 minutes late
Uncut gems. I thought about the stress of having to make concessions (how to clean up, prepare, take care of the volume of people while you are the only person in the notebook), versus how much fun the arrangement was (including cleaning the movie theaters after the show came out). Re-reading what I wrote 10 months ago, just before I started my first semester, is, in many ways, like revisiting a time capsule.
Reflecting on my past answers provides me with some connection to my approach today. Some examples of additions to my self-esteem are, as follows:
- Functions: My favorite subject has always been history. Now I see that I apply it in a practical and pragmatic way: what I learn all the time refers to what I do, or what I think is happening, or is about to happen. I am drawn to history because it draws me to ideas, concepts and an understanding of how to solve problems. And I consider personal experience as history, and that’s what I know most.
- people: I always felt better with a good team of people, with different backgrounds, stories, but a common goal in terms of work. This was not just the case; Environments where I felt anxious or threatened stopped me from interacting, and took more than I could give. A good team will be able to lend a hand if I’m overwhelmed, just as they can trust me to do the same. But sometimes – I know I can, and should – do it alone. Example: Being the only person between popcorn and a sudden influx of 50 guests and numbers – because an unexpected wave brought more guests from the team for Sonic the Hedgehog.
- definition: I need to see things happen, but not behind a table. I need to be able to talk to people – professionally, of course – and not be isolated even in memories of past worried office jobs. Humorous atmosphere, but with a good combination of a specific task and an opportunity to make personal connections.
Most importantly, the observations I have now on my work preferences allow me to clarify my career choices: clear to me today, even clearer tomorrow.
Selected career opportunities
Threat assessment analyst At Gavin de Becker & Associates (Los Angeles, CA; Remote). Submit on
- Purchase Processing Archive At Stanford University (Stanford, California). Submit on LinkedIn
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