The librarian, or information professional, skill set is highly transferable and applicable in the rapidly changing information job market. There are many opportunities across industries that allow librarians to utilize their skills in non-traditional library careers, outside of academic, public, and school libraries. Any company that deals with information has a need for information professionals (whether they realize it or not), and every company deals with information.
The idea of finding a career path outside traditional library roles in one that will be of interest to many – if not all – information professionals. The job hunt is inevitable, and expanding your search can open up the employment options available to you, and help you land an intriguing and rewarding role.
The short of it is that librarians hold the necessary skills and knowledge to transition between public libraries and academia to the corporate or legal sector. Librarians have a number of transferable skills, traits, and knowledge that are valuable outside of the world of libraries – the greatest strategy for career success may be using what is already known.
Attendees will learn how to:
- Recognize the core skills of an information professional
- Market and highlight the information professional skill set
- Acknowledge the variety of ‘librarian’ job titles and descriptions
About Rachael Altman G’12
Rachael believes that transferable skills, curiosity, passion, and mindfulness are the keys to success. She is a career coach, yoga teacher and meditation teacher, and jewelry maker. Her purpose is to inspire people to realize the value in their transferable skills and the fact that they can do anything with curiosity, creativity, and an open mind.
She has spent her career in market research and business development at Deloitte, Sidley Austin, and Grant Thornton and as an academic librarian at Rockford University and Alabama State University. Rachael currently works as a research consultant and grant writer in the nonprofit sector, she is part of the leadership team of Woke Chicago and Village6060, and as Market Research Analyst at G2, a tech company based in Chicago. You can connect on Instagram @itsrachaelaltman, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and on LinkedIn.
This event was published on March 12, 2021.