Career advice | Employment | Job termination
by Liz Ryan | March 7, 2017
I am in a sticky situation at work. I was transferred into this position against my will a year ago.
My supervisor “Vince” is the least popular supervisor in the company. Nobody transfers into his department voluntarily…..
If Vince terminates you, you will find out that getting fired is not a big deal, especially when you know it’s a personality conflict and nothing more……
Getting fired is not damaging to your career unless you believe it is.
Here are 10 things that are worse for your career than getting fired: [italics mine]
1. Staying in a job you hate only because you’re afraid of making a change.
2. Letting your co-workers down so many times that they stop trusting you, and building a bad reputation for yourself in the process.
Career Advice | Mentoring | Employment |Professional development
By Waajida L. Small on February 22, 2017
Do more, achieve more, stay relevant
You’ve made it through the first 18 months of your social-impact job! Give yourself a pat on the back. I know it wasn’t easy but you didn’t break, and now you’ve made a name for yourself.
As I mentioned in part one of this series, You’ve Got the Job…What’s Next?, once you’ve been at your job for 12-18 months, you should be working toward “Superstar Status” by stepping outside of your role and establishing yourself as a leader. You’ll need to be more and do more in order to stay relevant.
Here’s how to stay relevant at the workplace by excelling at your work and stepping up for new challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities:
Be an advocate and an ambassador
For most librarians, their first year working in a library is the biggest learning experience of their career. I remember coming into my first library job so clueless about, well, everything and feeling a year later like a completely different person: a professional. But that time in between was filled with cringeworthy mistakes and a whole lot of anxiety.
At the same time, I felt like I had unlimited stores of passion, energy, and ideas that year. My colleagues took me seriously even though I was green, and some of those rookie ideas became services the library still offers, like chat reference. I frequently hear about new-to-the-profession librarians who are treated by their colleagues as if they need to “pay their dues” before they
and their ideas can be given consideration. I can’t imagine how quickly my passion for my work would have waned had my ideas been met with cynicism and dismissiveness.
This attitude is not only harmful to a new librarian’s morale, it also prevents the library from taking advantage of an opportunity to get a fresh perspective on what it does. There is a golden period when someone new to the library can see everything that might be strange, confusing, or problematic. In time, we all become accustomed to our surroundings, and those problems become the barely visible flotsam and jetsam of our everyday work. We should make the most of that magical newcomer vision. I always make a point of asking new colleagues to keep track of problems they see because those fresh insights can push us out of our comfort zones and create positive change for our patrons. We want to encourage these audacious ideas, even if they’re not all feasible. Read more…