Published: July 13, 2021 by Gillian Collins
Your first job is a huge milestone! When you complete your MLIS program, you gain special tools to thrive in an expanding market. Your first job with your master’s degree is just a foot in the door. Your career in the end may be completely different from the door you first walk into, which is part of your growth as a professional, and the way your fellow professionals grow, as well.
How to think about work versus career
Thinking about the difference between a job and a career comes down to the context of the moment. For the purposes of this post, these are the settings to keep in mind:
Working: This “foot in the door” is
Launches you In your profession. you are starting. Begin to work your way up.
- Career: where You see yourself established In your profession, that may (or may not) be a direct path from how you started. In fact, you will likely find that work or experiences in your first job lead you to other areas that fascinate you, even if you can not imagine them in the beginning. But this is the wonderful nature of career building: You get to your “best job” career by exploring the areas you discover, and often these opportunities will become apparent as you study at work.
Understanding that your first job in the profession is simply a starting point (and not one that defines your future career) means that when you start working, you will probably not stay there for the rest of your professional life. However, it is equally important to make sure you get the most out of your first job – and any job after that – in terms of establishing yourself, supporting success and connecting within your fellow community and profession to increase your positive visibility and reputation. The more you grow, the closer you get to your career.
LIS’s career usually consists of a series of jobs, and one way to think about it is to adopt the idea of promotion. You may feel that the first job opportunity will also be your last, but LIS work is an evolving and expanding field, and our skills are in demand. Or, maybe you aspire to advance further up the ladder in a special area, and just need to take the necessary steps to achieve that.
You should assume that these necessary steps may involve moving to another job, which is fine, as long as you make sure the organization (or position) you are leaving has received a fair message and done everything you can to ensure you leave on good terms.
Suppose you want to work in a special library as the head of a purchasing department. Staying in one position will not make it happen, but there are key steps you can take to keep moving forward in LIS’s professional life:
Participation creates opportunities.
Actively participate in your field. You can create an original work for those who are interested in or interested in your type of work – a blog, a podcast, excerpts published in academia to name a few ideas. Take advantage of opportunities for professional development, where you increase your knowledge and make connections with others. Attend – virtually, or, one day, in person – at conferences to meet and get to know other professionals. Participation is an ongoing exercise in creating your opportunities.
- Successful support. When a colleague has a great accomplishment, celebrate his success! The people who see you actively encouraging others also see how you conduct yourself. Recognizing and supporting the success of others is not only a great way to get through life, it also raises your reputation in a positive way!
- Remember that all Important relationships. The people you work with in your first job outside of school (hopefully) are going to be part of your community of colleagues even after you move on, so it’s essential to build both professional bridges and relationships in your first job. The way you treat people, recognize ideas and success, and continue to work collaboratively and supportively with all Your colleagues will have a significant impact down the road.
Adaptation and motivation
Two things to know when joining the workforce: Life throws curve balls that affect your career journey, and your ability to adapt to those presents you with possibilities you may not have imagined.
One of those curve balls is perhaps the biggest hit: getting fired from your job. No matter what the circumstances, the sting is the same. However, you should not really assume that dismissal or layoffs will delay your dreams. In fact, it may be just what you needed to see new opportunities. Therefore, when you leave, leave with the knowledge that you have gained value from the experience. Be kind. Maintain the relationships you had. And know that you are in good company – a lot of the adaptation strategies that successful people have discovered have all stemmed from a similar experience.
In the same way, leaving a job to advance your career is also not something to be avoided. Just be sure to maintain the same high level of professionalism, and you will likely find that because you have supported the success of others, they will support your steps toward career success. However, regardless of the response of your peers down the road, you can always (and should) make the effort to keep your professional relationships reciprocal and close.
Start with the future in mind
When you start, you need to be willing to participate in your workplace and the duties of your job at the highest possible level. By raising your profile through active LIS participation, supporting your colleagues’ successes, maintaining supportive relationships, collaborations and making new connections, you can ensure that your first job is an important and positive part of your next step in your career. . Your impact on the field, the impressions you make on others and the way you conduct yourself in your workplace, are all as important to advancing your career as what you know and / or can do with that knowledge.
A quick jot from Gillian
I think the flattening of success is the issue of a career pipeline. The support you show to others along the way – on a large or small scale, but always appropriate – is emotionally satisfying. Showing and looking at the big picture is motivating.
Focus on the responsibilities of the job as you work toward your desired career. But make sure you treat others with the same respect and support you get from feeling “successful.”
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