The 2018 hustle

Annnnnd its been a whole year with no blog post – sorry everyone!

I have been extremely busy this year working on my career and professional development, and am so excited to re-cap it for you, as there’s been ALOT on and I feel like I have grown both as a person and professional across the last 12 months.

Research

I was finally able to complete my research! The research had two phases, which were equally challenging considering that this particular topic hasn’t been done before- I got to meet a range of librarians and volunteers working in the non-profit sector, and saw some incredible libraries (both profit and non-profit) at the same time. I was fortunate enough to have time to go down to my favourite place ever to conduct most of my interviews, Melbourne! I also got to learn a lot about different cataloguing systems, which allowed me to make some good recommendations for implementation.  I’m now working on presenting the research for audiences both in publication and conferencing, so watch this space! Massive shout out to my supervisor and peers for getting me through this one; it was a tough ride but I’m really proud of what I’ve been able to put together and hope that I can be successful with it in the future.

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How great is the State Library of Victoria?

Fieldwork

I’m going to cover this one more in a separate post, but it was actually THE BEST week of my professional life so far! I was really nervous going in but ended up learning so much about specialist libraries. I also learned how to catalogue properly using an LMS system which was something that was on my list of things to learn. I was fortunate to have a supportive supervisor who gave me so many opportunities to learn new things and develop from them.

Portfolio 

I also completed my portfolio, which details all my experiences and reflections over the course of the last two years of my degree.  I’m quite proud of this one, as I was able to use WordPress to develop it which is something I always wanted to know how to do. It took me a really long time to do it but thanks to some cool peers who helped me out, I got there in the end!

You can view it here. 

Finishing my degree

This year also marks the end of my Masters degree in Library and Information Practise. I have completed all the required coursework, and will be graduating December 2018. The last two years have taught me so much about libraries, and I’ve gained some invaluable experiences and friends. This course really changed my life for the better. Its given me confidence and belief in myself, and I know that this will help me as a professional down the track. Congratulations to anyone else graduating in 2018, all the hard work has paid off!

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Image: Tokkoro, 2016

Getting into the industry

I have also had the opportunity to enter the industry, and will be working with a great group of people to process magazines for library consumption. I’m excited to continue learning and networking, and building upon my skills. There is a lot of opportunity available, and am so lucky to have a foot in the door at this stage of my professional development.

Team Leadership

This year I also had the pleasure of working as a team leader (this experience will also be more detailed in a future post, keep your eyes peeled!). It was an unexpected offer that I was quite nervous about but I am glad that I took the challenge. I learned a lot about leadership, and how to motivate a team to work efficiently. I learned how to stand up for myself, and I also learned to step up and provide assistance to management when needed. I learned how my actions can benefit a business, and how my team contributed to the overall success of the business. I really enjoyed this experience, and I have a lot of respect for the people in the management team that saw that potential in me before I saw it myself. The experience has made me more confident in my abilities, and more confident in sharing my ideas and knowledge.

Lost opportunities  

For all the other new grads out there-

Obviously I’ve just written about some amazing experiences and opportunities. Do not be mistaken though – these opportunities did not come easily, and a lot of work behind the scenes went into getting here. I had six interviews this year, and didn’t even make it to the interview stage for a heck of a lot of other applications. I went to the ALIA interview skills panel, I’ve done the resume review. I could not work out what was going wrong. I can’t even tell you how many jobs that I put my name in the ring for this year- so much rejection, despite being almost qualified and doing all my fieldwork. So if you’re reading this, don’t give up. It might take a whole year and a half to get where you want to go or even the slightest opportunity to get half a toe in the door. But when it does come, take it with both hands even though its not quite a library or not quite a museum or whatever you want to do. You never know where an experience can take you , and you never know who you’ll meet to help you get there. So keep working hard, keep applying and you’ll get there!

It’s been an amazing year and I’m so tired from it all but wouldn’t change a thing!

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