The American Library Association – Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has published this interesting article in their eNewsletter ‘Library Worklife’ (October 2015 issue), titled ‘A Job Readiness Strategy for MLIS Students and Recent Graduates’.
It is of especial interest to students and new graduates, and while written by an American organisation, is very relevant to us here in Australia as well.
I’m glad to see that the knowledge and advice I have written about in my previous blog posts for students and new grads touches on very similar strategies.
The job readiness strategy in this article focuses on two pillars: first, building experience through “temporary” positions. Temporary positions are defined in this strategy as jobs that are short term and help develop a career. These jobs should increment the knowledge and skills needed for a particular type of professional librarian position. The second pillar is to form a network. As a person works through these temporary positions a professional network begins to take shape; hence, creating new opportunities for collaboration and professional development.
Have a read of the full article and good luck with your developing career!
Michelle De Aizpurua