Who is in charge of your career?
- Your organisation?
- Your boss?
- Your partner?
- Your mother/father?
I’m in charge of my career, and I hope you are in charge of yours. Sure others have an influence, but as individuals we have to map our own path.
One of the things we heard time and again at this year’s LIANZA conference was that librarians can no longer expect to be spoon-fed paid training, in work time, if they want a career instead of a job. Libraries who want to advance their career and stay on top of what’s happening in the world of librarianship need to have control of their learning and that includes paying for professional development opportunities which they complete in their own time.
Does that sound tough? Yes, maybe it is. But it’s the reality in 2013, and 2014, and …. times have changed and we need to change with them. And it’s not just librarians who are in this position either; most people today change careers at least once and need to take control of their training needs.
Here’s a question for you. What are YOU doing to take charge of your career and your own learning?