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Welcome to the profession: Where will you be in 25 years? Is that where you want to be?

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These are the slides from a SirsiDynix Institute webinar given on Sept. 24, 2008. The webinar focused on career development and included 10 tips from Ulla de Stricker and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

These are the slides from a SirsiDynix Institute webinar given on Sept. 24, 2008. The webinar focused on career development and included 10 tips from Ulla de Stricker and Jill Hurst-Wahl.

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    • 1. Where Will You Be in 25 Years? Is that Where You Want to Be? September 24, 2008 Ulla de Stricker www.destricker.com Jill Hurst-Wahl www.HurstAssociates.com
    • 2. Your Career: Only you can "manage" it
      • Two veterans look back:
      • How did we get here?
      • How can we assist?
    • 3.  
    • 4. Ulla: No, of course I didn't predict in 1977 where I'd be today
      • But I did take advantage of some key opportunities in my path
      • And I did take an interest in my colleagues
      • It is possible to look forward to work!
    • 5. Let Me Share
      • What happened?
      • What did I learn?
    • 6.  
    • 7.  
    • 8. Here's What Happened
      • Assistant to the Library School's Director who introduced Dialog to the curriculum
      • When Dialog opened in Toronto, "you can't do that without me" 
      • Many years of client contact, leading to discussions about common challenges for librarians
      • Led for-fee research unit, then was recruited to build e-publishing unit of Thomson - again considerable client contact
    • 9. What Happened, Cont'd
      • Set up practice in 1992 + "rest is history"
      • What made a huge difference was reaching out:
      • Volunteered speeches to librarians and library technicians when across Canada
      • Held several roles in Special Libraries Association Toronto Chapter + Leadership & Mgmt Division; recently Assn of Independent Info Professionals
      • Many articles, 2 recent books
    • 10. So what Did I Learn?
      • Five pieces of advice I'd give to those wondering how to steer their future careers
      • Over and above the fundamental one: Be yourself!
    • 11. Lesson 1
      • Lesson 1: Figure out what makes you happy and proud … then look for ways to align your work and your sense of "rightness" and pride
      • It's worth investing in study/testing to get a clear picture of one's preferences:
      • Type of work: Team vs individual? Safe vs pioneering? Leader vs expert?
      • Type of work environment: Social causes vs multinational corporation? Structured/stable vs fluid?
    • 12.  
    • 13. Lesson 2
      • Figure out what you are good at, then look for ways to apply your strengths
      • Figure out your weaknesses and work to compensate - but don't obsess
      • Type of work: Big picture vs details? People vs systems? Project planning vs troubleshooting?
      • Type of work environment: Reactive vs outreach?
    • 14.  
    • 15. Lesson 3
      • Look for the lesson in every interaction, event, and outcome so as to deepen your insight and enhance your ability to deal with the unforeseen
      • What could that mean? What might explain that otherwise puzzling matter? What could be done differently? How will that affect how I act and decide next time? (Etc Etc)
      • We may not be able to choose our personalities, but we can choose how to act and react (fuming vs hmmming)
    • 16.  
    • 17. Lesson 4
      • Give your all … but know when to quit
      • If an organizational environment is not amenable to the positive change you seek, look for a better one
      • Be aware of your professional value - and honor your personal integrity
    • 18.  
    • 19. Lesson 5
      • Attract opportunity by being visible, forming relationships, and sticking your neck out
      • AKA "marketing yourself by giving"
      • Write, speak, teach
      • Work on committees
      • Volunteer on the job
      • Slog in associations
    • 20.  
    • 21. Rocky Road… But Straight
    • 22.  
    • 23. Jill: 1983
      • The real beginning…
      • Focused on the short-term
      • Never predicted what path my career would take
    • 24.  
    • 25. The Good News
      • Without a plan, I made some outstanding career decisions!
    • 26. The Bad News
      • Without a plan, I also made some bad career moves.
      • Need to be able to make lemonade at a moment’s notice!
      • Career clarity came in 1997. Everything before was one huge building block.
    • 27.  
    • 28. Lesson 6
      • Set short and long-term goals
        • Jobs / career
        • Professional development
        • Networking
        • Yes … and personal goals too
    • 29.  
    • 30. Lesson 7
      • Never stop learning about yourself
      • Never stop improving yourself
    • 31.  
    • 32. Lesson 8
      • Get to know your organization
        • Goals, values, expectations
        • Formal and informal communication channels
    • 33.  
    • 34. Lesson 9
      • Learn about your industry as well as the industry of your employer (or clients)
        • Read / skim information industry publications, blogs, reports
        • Read / skim your employer’s industry publications, WSJ, NYT
        • Know who the movers-and-shakers are as well as the trends
    • 35.  
    • 36. Lesson 10
      • Treat everyone equally well
      • Everyone can help you succeed
    • 37. Photo by Cindi
    • 38.  
    • 39. Good Luck and Thank You … feel free to be in touch!
      • www.HurstAssociates.com
      • www.destricker.com

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