Where Will You Be in 25 Years?  Is that Where You Want to Be? September 24, 2008 Ulla de Stricker  www.destricker.com Jill...
Your Career: Only you can &quot;manage&quot; it <ul><li>Two veterans look back: </li></ul><ul><li>How did we get here? </l...
 
Ulla: No, of course I didn't predict in 1977 where I'd be today <ul><li>But I did take advantage of some key opportunities...
Let Me Share <ul><li>What happened? </li></ul><ul><li>What did I learn? </li></ul>
 
 
Here's What Happened   <ul><li>Assistant to the Library School's Director who introduced Dialog to the curriculum </li></u...
What Happened, Cont'd <ul><li>Set up practice in 1992 + &quot;rest is history&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>What made a huge dif...
So what Did I Learn? <ul><li>Five pieces of advice I'd give to those wondering how to steer their future careers </li></ul...
Lesson 1 <ul><li>Lesson 1:  Figure out what makes you happy and proud … then look for ways to align your work and your sen...
 
Lesson 2 <ul><li>Figure out what you are good at, then look for ways to apply your strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out ...
 
Lesson 3 <ul><li>Look for the lesson in every interaction, event, and outcome so as to deepen your insight and enhance you...
 
Lesson 4 <ul><li>Give your all … but know when to quit </li></ul><ul><li>If an organizational environment is not amenable ...
 
Lesson 5 <ul><li>Attract opportunity by being visible, forming relationships, and sticking your neck out </li></ul><ul><li...
 
Rocky Road… But Straight
 
Jill: 1983 <ul><li>The real beginning… </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on the short-term </li></ul><ul><li>Never predicted what ...
 
The Good News <ul><li>Without a plan, I made some outstanding career decisions! </li></ul>
The Bad News <ul><li>Without a plan, I also made some bad career moves. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to be able to make lemonade...
 
Lesson 6 <ul><li>Set short and long-term goals  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Jobs / career </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professiona...
 
Lesson 7 <ul><li>Never stop learning about yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Never stop improving yourself </li></ul>
 
Lesson 8 <ul><li>Get to know your organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goals, values, expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
 
Lesson 9 <ul><li>Learn about your industry as well as the industry of your employer (or clients) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rea...
 
Lesson 10 <ul><li>Treat everyone equally well </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone can help you succeed </li></ul>
Photo by Cindi
 
Good Luck and Thank You … feel free to be in touch! <ul><li>www.HurstAssociates.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.destricker.com <...
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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.

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

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

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