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CELEBRATION 
30th-Sep-2013 11:08 am
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Exciting things!

I got a job at a library!  I start tomorrow as a part time desk assistant in the youth services department.  I'm SO EXCITED, you guys.  I've been feeling really anxious, because I graduated in January and have been sending out resume after resume and even getting some interviews, and the response has been overwhelmingly "We really, really like you, but...there are more qualified applicants for us to choose from."  It was extremely discouraging, because I've known for a while that the fact that I wasn't able to be working part time while I was in school would hurt me post-graduation - it's why I've been applying to a lot of positions that say they're for current MLIS students.  There's a really terrible catch-22 inherent in the job market right now, in that I can't get a library job without a diploma - but I couldn't intern or work part-time while I was in school because I had to pay my bills with my full-time office job - but the diploma is actually pretty secondary in the job market to experience - which I haven't been able to get.  I think it's a problem a lot of people are having right now, this ridiculous argument between education and experience, what makes you qualified and what you actually need to get a job.

TL:DR, I have a job that gets my foot in the door!  Racking up resume experience is what I need right now, and I finally feel like I'm moving forward in my field instead being in a rut post-graduation.  Hooray!


Comments 
1st-Oct-2013 01:56 am (UTC)
Congrats!! Yes, there does seem to be that issue of education vs experience. I ran into it all the time. It is super frustrating and I wish there were a better way around it.

Anyway, good job on not giving up!
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