Retraining a career from an MLIS
July 11, 2012 2:05 PM Subscribe
Picked up a MLIS on a whim and finding it to be hindering me more than helping. How can I retrain for a viable career in today's job market?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I went into my MLIS program in 2008 chasing a dream and finished in 2011. I taught abroad for the experience and couldn't manage to get an internship because lack of finances. I'm from a rural area of California and it's kept me from networking and finding new opportunities. I'm not attached to the librarian title but I'm finding it difficult to find another career with my qualifications and experiences.
I'm only 26 and haven't had much work experience. I would be willing to relocate but feel like i'm caught in a catch 22. I don't want to waste my last savings chasing jobs that don't exist. Some caveats are that I love using the internet but I don't have any interest in information architecture, user experience, website design, writing, or programming. I've tried hard at programming but really feel like I don't have the brain for it. I like talking about those topics but I don't possess and desire or skill in developing them.
I've tried local volunteering but my community library doesn't offer anything and I can't afford to drive 30 minutes away to volunteer. I'm pretty fed up and feel like the degree is hindering me from obtaining work at this point. I'm almost tempted to teach abroad again but it is not something I enjoy either. I enjoy working by myself and I am rather introverted. I do get along well with others and derive a little income by doing some basic tech support and document editing for a local business.
Any ideas would be welcome.