Career Direction

How to choose which LIS career direction is right for you

Graduates with an MLIS degree have the unique opportunity to work in a variety of different settings and environments. You may already have some idea of what you want to do with your degree. However, not all students are sure, and others may find that their initial career objectives change as they spend more time in our School's MLIS program.

If you are not sure how you want to use your MLIS degree, you may want to invest some time in self-assessment — thinking about who you are and what career direction might be a good fit.

While the multitude of career options available to MLIS graduates can make it difficult to identify a specific career direction that is the best fit for you, one of the advantages of our School's MLIS program is the wide range of opportunities to explore career options. After self-assessment, we recommend that you take advantage of the following career exploration strategies:

  • Select a variety of classes, which introduce you to different career possibilities
  • Network with people working in settings of interest to you and ask them questions
  • Join and get involved in professional associations, giving you valuable opportunities to meet and connect with people working in the field
  • Volunteer or complete an internship to “reality test” your ideas about different work settings and job functions

As you progress in your degree program, be sure that you continue to gather information about LIS possibilities and employment opportunities. Talk to people, network, volunteer, seek out part-time positions or projects to further your experience and to reality test the many different areas open to you in the field of LIS. Begin to develop your career direction. It is O.K. to change your mind and go back and start again with discovering who you are and where you fit in the field of Library and Information Science. That is part of the process and the experience of being a student.

 Next: Self Assessment: Reflection


The program covered a wide range of areas applicable to a career in library science, as well as skills that are useful in other careers. The range of learning I experienced was outstanding. – MLIS graduate