April 6, 2010 8:57 PM Subscribe
Straight to the next leg of the librarian rat race?
posted by bad grammar to Education (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm in my last semester of an MLS. degree, full time, and also working 30 hours a week as a school librarian. I would like to become an academic librarian, mainly because I have a Ph.D. in another humanities field, but I am not entirely in love with the idea and I am willing to look for work in other libraries.
I have done well in my courses and have forced the pace (I enrolled in fall 2008 and have been taking courses continuously). By this point (with two term papers yet to be written) I feel stressed out and exhausted.
Emotionally I can't tackle applying for academic library positions while finishing up my coursework, even though this is when the positions are being advertised. The applications would be pro forma and would be treated as such.
I'm willing to work "full time" on the job applications after I finish school in May. Since I already am employed and am able to save money, I am not in a hurry but I am worried that I might have to commit to another year at my present workplace. I took the job to put myself through library school and do not want to make a career of it; it is a stressful place on its own, as the school takes inner-city students with special needs.
I am fantasizing about taking time off to travel, though this is not in the cards because I will need the money if I have to quit my present job before I find another. Short of travel, I want a vacation of the sort that normal working people have but professionals are expected not to have -- that is, to come home from work, turn on the TV (or open a book, since I'm not a TV person) and do NOTHING, same on weekends, or spend the time getting back into physical shape. Is this a bad idea or can I stop beating myself up?