Wednesday 3 August 2011

Do I need a mentor?

I sort of fell into the library profession in the way that I think most people fall into careers. I didn't really have any burning ambition to be anything and libraries seemed like a good fit for my personality. This turned out to be a serendipitous move since it turns out that I absolutely love my job!

Due to personal circumstances I wasn't able to start my library MA until a couple of years ago despite being ready to do it for some time. I'm just starting my dissertation and I think that research projects could play a big part in my future. There are so many questions that need answering and not enough hours in the day! Hopefully this will also be a way to advance my career as the normal routes don't seem to be working too well for me.

I'm definitely thinking about Chartership and had contemplated starting it already since I found out that your dissertation can actually count towards it. In the end though I decided to wait until I have finished one time consuming and stressful project before I attempt to start another one. Something I am looking forward to though...

I'm not really sold on the whole idea of mentoring in the workplace, but this could just be my experience from the places that I've worked. I prefer to make my own decisions rather than focus on what other people do. There have been times when I've needed a sounding board for work issues and felt that there was no one to turn to so maybe a mentor would have been useful here. I'll need one for when I do my Chartership so maybe that experience will change my mind? For now the position is vacant, all applicants feel free to apply...

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