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November 22, 2015 1:46 PM   Subscribe

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career.

I am asking this on behalf of my boyfriend. Some background information:

- graduated in 2009 with a bachelors in a science subject
- retrained after that as an archivist - now works as an archivist in a university
- we are both struggling with how to phrase this in a google-able way, but the ideal job would involve defined tasks to complete a clear goal, with a sense of closure

Practical stuff:

- we live in the UK
- taking a paycut is to be expected, but unless a course has funding for tuition fees, going back to school to retrain is likely not an option

I realise this is a broad question - we are really just looking for ideas which we might not think up ourselves, or by clicking idly through Prospects.

As ever, any advice is much appreciated.
posted by the cat's pyjamas to Work & Money (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know if this is still relevant, but back when I was a consultant, I worked with quite a few consultants with archivist backgrounds who were working in corporate archiving, knowledge management or document management projects. At that time, a consultant with a MLS was quite employable.

Although consulting is light on the sense of closure, it's reasonably good for clear tasks. You also might look at businesses with a strong need for data or document management (pharma, for instance).

My knowledge is out of date, but your boyfriend could easily make an appointment with a professional recruitment firm and see if they find him marketable.
posted by frumiousb at 2:01 PM on November 22, 2015

Why is he disillusioned? I think that's key to giving any advice.
posted by Aranquis at 2:32 PM on November 22, 2015 [2 favorites]

the ideal job would involve defined tasks to complete a clear goal, with a sense of closure

To me this screamed out a job in the skilled trades: electrical, carpentry, plumbing, construction, auto repair.

I'm not from the UK, but in the States most of these would not require a paycut - probably quite the opposite coming from archiving work. Retraining, however, would be required. There might be aid programs out there - again, I don't know what's available in the UK or the state of these professions there. In the US they are in short supply.
posted by unannihilated at 2:59 PM on November 23, 2015

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