Free, Online iSchool Career Workshops: What Are You Waiting For?
Published: February 27, 2020 by Greta Snyder
Drum roll please. The answer is the next one! Did you know the SJSU iSchool offers free, online iSchool Career Workshops? It’s time to get the most out of your iSchool experience by learning from the ultimate career resource, iSchool Career Consultant Jill Klees. If you missed this month’s workshop “Your LIS Career Starts Here,” this post will catch you up and prepare you for the next workshop slated to be March 4, 2020 5-6pm PT, focusing on informational interviews. So, take the reins and jump start your career with iSchool Career Workshops: free, live, recorded and awesome.
Jump Start Your Career
So many students in the MLIS program are either career changers or library paraprofessionals looking to move up in the field; whichever, it can be tough to get enough advice about how to transition your skills, translate your work experience and demonstrate your dedication to the field. The iSchool Workshops are a crucial way to hear insider tips and tricks to address those questions and more.
Recap of “Your LIS Career Starts Here” Workshop: Version 2020
As the digits indicate, this is a year of clarity and looking ahead. Get your sunglasses as your future is so bright! With Klees on your side, you’re sure to thrive. Here are some top nuggets of advice I gleaned from the workshop that will help you start growing your career right now.
- Many students are career changers and might come across as
over-qualified for LIS roles, so set yourself up for success to
make the transition easier.
- Pitch your translatable skills (versus previous job titles).
- Seek out “in the field” experience in information environments (e.g., internships, work).
- Get involved: take advantage of opportunities
exclusively available for iSchool students.
- Join student groups and professional organizations at a special student rate; apply for graduate student iSchool jobs and independent studies (read more here.
- Email Klees for an appointment by phone, or to review your resume or cover letter. Read about my game-changing experience working on resume-redux here.
- Only 20% of jobs are listed online; 80% of jobs are found through people you know.
Next Career Workshop March 4, 2020: Don’t Miss Out!
You have so many career questions and Klees is to the rescue with Career Coaching Office Hour. Jump into the next iSchool Career Workshop this March 4, 2020 from 5:30-6:30PM PT and bring your list of hows, whats, whens, and whys.
The iSchool offers so many incredible career resources and development opportunities outside the classroom, here are a few top ways to get started:
- Apply to join the SJSU iSchool Student Research Journal Editorial Team – deadline March 23, 2020. Email me with questions and applications.
- Stay posted for Career Workshop email alerts (and I’ll tweet it, so follow me).
- Listen to archived Career Workshop recordings.
- Pick up on insider insights via Career Podcasts with the infinitely inspirational Kim Dority; read the post here.
- Get involved: student groups, internships and independent studies; more here.
- Check out all the SJSU iSchool career development resources.
- Keep reading this iSchool Career Blog; subscribe to the RSS feed.
- Email me for advice from a student perspective; I love sharing everything I’ve learned.
Career development opportunities
- Attend the next Library 2.0 on Wholehearted Librarianship – March 10, 2020, 12-3PM PT – free, online, recorded.
- Watch the INFO 203 Meet Up on getting involved with student groups, internships, independent studies and student employment opportunities – free, online, recorded
- Watch Becoming a Tech Librarian: Where the Jobs Are, What to Know, How to Prepare– free, online, recorded with iSchool Alum Ryan Gan
- Watch iSchool Director Dr. Sandra Hirsh’s Ask Me Anything Session – free, online, recorded
- Watch the Library 2.0 Emerging Technology Keynotes – free, online, recorded
- Find an Internship using the SJSU iSchool Internship Database
Jobs in Handshake (requires login to Handshake)
- Supervising Librarian (Law Library) – San Francisco, CA
- Film Collection Processing Intern (Movies, TV, Music) – Los Angeles, CA
- Library Director (Public Library) – Vestal, NY
- Southeast Asia Digital Collections Librarian (Higher Education) – Ithaca, NY
- Acquisitions/Electronic Resources Librarian (Science Field/Other) – Los Alamos, NM
- Library Media Teachers (School Library) – Hampton, VA
- SQL Programmer/Data Engineer (Research) – Menlo Park, CA