Career Planning: what type of career/job best suits your inspiration?

Liz Burke La Trobe University

41. no. InCite. 10. vol. you need to plan.What inspires me?     “in each of us rests the power to shape our future and it will be shaped by our action – or inaction” What inspired you to enter the profession? What inspired you to attend this Symposium? If you want a career in this profession. October 2002. 23. . p. and work towards that plan ‘Did the difference matter?’.

What inspires me? cont’d Career planning is not necessarily about a steadily upward progression  Career planning must be flexible  Some type of planning must be undertaken  People with diverse interests and aspirations find a place in libraries  .

pp. has changed radically  “for the first time in history. May.139-150. (2000) ‘Information professionals and the knowledge-aware. the world’s wealthiest person is a knowledge worker”  Milne.What inspires me? cont’d Library work environments and the way we conduct our business.Australian Library Journal. P. intelligent organization: skills for the future’. .

vol. D. and relationships with colleagues. pp.7. no. hours of work. . supervisors and clients  It is possible to work for an organization and with colleagues who demonstrate the types of values you hold personally Elizur. (2001) ‘Values and organizational commitment’. superannuation. M. 22. and Kosowsky.593-599.Values in our Working Lives  related to the attitudes and opinions one develops in relation to one’s job and work environment  Pay. International journal of manpower.

and develop some expertise  Build on existing skills and abilities Publish in the professional literature Participate in professional associations  Examine other relevant associations Participate in electronic discussion lists .Positioning Ourselves      “self-marketing” has become crucial Choose an area of interest.

Feliciter. vol.167. V. or let change manage it for you”  Opportunities exist for new career paths for information professionals  Develop a network of professional contacts. p. 46.Professional Opportunities “manage your own career. 4. . (2000) ‘Career: do you have a plan?’. no. including mentors  Become a member of professional committees  Casey.

Taking Risks     Initiate career changes Career development is not necessarily about a steadily upward trend Think outside the realm of traditional positions In today’s job market. frequent changes . there is more movement between jobs  Portfolio careers – successive.

dreams and personal style  Bridges. : learn to think like the CEO of your own career Nicholas Brealey. values. (1997) Creating You & Co.Responsibility for one’s own career Be clear about what you want out of life  Spend time on self-analysis and selfreflection  Know your skills. London. . abilities. needs. wants. aspirations. W.

3-11. pp. no. vol6. Librarian Career Development.Responsibility for one’s own career – cont’d  Career management competencies:  Ability to optimise a given career situation  Ability to engage in personal development  Ability to use career planning skills  Ability to balance work and nonwork Ball. (1998) ‘Career management competencies – the individual perspective’. B. .7.

Responsibility for one’s own career – cont’d Consult a professional career counsellor or guide  An individual may change career direction up to three or four times during their life  .

Continuing Education & Professional Development Professional development can meet a number of needs:  It may lead to a new career opportunity  An injection of motivation and enthusiasm  The pace at which mid-career stagnation takes place is accelerating  An employee can reach a career plateau in as little as two years .

Continuing Education & Professional Development – cont’d  Academic learning does not provide the sole evidence of continuing professional development  Potential employers seek evidence of experience  Highlight skills and knowledge gained .

In Conclusion… Take the time to reflect  Review the changing information landscape  Think about possible directions to take  Be creative. bold and visionary  Grasp the opportunities presented  .