Annual Career Check-Up: Your Year In Review | CAREEREALISM

The New Year is just days away now. For many of us, that means our thoughts are turning to the goals we want to achieve in 2015. Whether you’re motivated by New Year’s resolutions or just enjoy end-of-the-year planning, these last few weeks of 2014 are a great time to review the overall health of your career before you begin strategizing for 2015.

With pen and paper or your favorite word processing program at hand, jot down these career check-up categories. Work your way through the suggested exercises to help you capture key insights and learning from the year now winding down (for a companion process to improve your job search in 2015, try conducting this SWOT analysis as a career year in review):


List the most critical relationships in your work life. These might include direct reports, indirect reports, your boss, key clients, or vendors. They also might include your mentor(s), your coach, select peers, colleagues, or industry association members. Next to each name, jot down a number between 1 and 10 which reflects the quality of that relationship (where 1 is disastrously poor and 10 is spectacularly fantastic).


Make a list of the 2014 goals you aimed to achieve. Next to each goal, make a note of how well you performed. Be sure to give yourself credit for partial achievements – they count! Do you wish to carry forward any of your 2014 goals into 2015? If so, mark those goals with an asterisk, as you will use them in my upcoming article, “Annual Career Check-Up: Your New Year in View.”

Managing Your Career: Start Planning, Creating, and Sharing – 11-12-2014 : METRO in New York, NY US METRO

By Susanne Markgren, Digital Services Librarian at Purchase College, State University of New York

“Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself.”
– George Bernard Shaw

Planning for the future is something that always seems like a good idea, but we are often too busy trying to survive in the present to even think about where we are headed — or where we may end up.

Our profession is always changing, and so are our jobs. We cannot stay static in an adaptive field, and we cannot depend on always having the same job we were hired into, whether that was five months ago or fifteen years ago. We need to manage our careers in order to maintain our existing jobs, or move into the next one. It’s important to take the time to assess our skills and then translate them into the language of the jobs we want.
Reconsidering Professional Development

When we think of professional development, we may think of activities we sign up for and associations that take our dues. We may join and participate to make ourselves feel good about staying motivated, keeping current, and becoming more engaged in our work and our jobs (or job searches) through committees, classes, and conferences.

But professional development is really just another name for career management. Rather than considering professional development a perk or a requirement of a job, it should be a deliberate, intentional, and essential component of everyone’s career. Read more….

3 Career Secrets EVERY Student Needs To Know | CAREEREALISM

This post is part of the Professional Independence Project series.

“Get realistic,” everyone told her. “You’ll be competing with hundreds of thousands of other smart, hard-working and driven new graduates.”

Nicolette Weinbaum was freshman in college when she discovered the importance of becoming professionally independent. With all of the tough competition happening today, she knew that she’d have to do something immediately if she wanted to land a career she loved.

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Careers for Info Utopia: The optimism of a new semester | Blatant Berry

BerryWebB Careers for Info Utopia: The optimism of a new semester | Blatant BerryThe beginning of each semester always rejuvenates me. There is nothing more stimulating than those first few sessions with a class of expectant students, arriving with their high energy, curiosity, and desire to participate and impress. My new class at Pratt Institute’s SILS came to New York from all over America and the world. The students range in age from their 20s to their 60s, which has so often been typical of my LIS classes. It is a great privilege and honor to work with them to try to answer the accursed questions that continue to plague our profession.

In prior years I have worried for these new librarians about the shortage of jobs in our field, the low salaries, and the uncertainty in the outlook for libraries of all types.

This year, however, I feel much more positive about the opportunities available to these new information professionals and more optimistic about the potential for the future and the careers that they will find. I have no doubt now that they will move us nearer to the resolution of the many challenges we face. Read more…


How I Solve Problems By Risa Fogel | Posted 08-21-2014

The process for solving a problem in the workplace often involves diffusing the situation, correctly defining the problem, and controlling any variables that might impact the outcome.


By Risa Fogel

One of the most stressful times in a person’s career is when they have to tell someone above them in the corporate hierarchy, “We have a problem.” As someone who has both delivered and received this message, I know the problem can be anything from a fairly insignificant miscommunication to a major outage in a mission-critical system. At times, the problem takes on a life of its own, causing much angst and speculation about who is going to take the blame or who is going to deliver the bad news. People get very caught up in the emotion of the situation, revisiting the problem without actually identifying a solution.

While the size of the problem dictates the amount of time and attention needed to solve it, the process for solving it remains fairly consistent. Diffusing the situation, defining the problem and controlling variables that are impacting the outcome will generally lead to a positive outcome. Outlined below are more details on these tried-and-true steps to problem solving.

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