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September 29, 2011


Agree with Shatkin. Very interesting and informative post. Sounds great talking bout careers. Career planning is very essential. Thanks for sharing!

Thanks for writing a post that advises specifically what people can and should do to remain competitive. I'd love to read more about the best ways to go about career planning - find a mentor? go on a "retreat" for a few hours each quarter to think about your future? I imagine there are many effective approaches that could be turned into habits.

@Classy: You're welcome, and thanks for reading!

@Heather: Thanks for the suggestion! Along these lines, I'm in the process of writing a post about how to systematize finding your passion.

interesting thoughts, but i disagree. i have over 30 years of technical computer application development experience, and an MBA. I am office / business manager for a small non-profit which pays 25% of what i was getting before the market tanked. by the time the market turns around my tech skills will be outdated! My MBA concentration was in Project Management but that was not a good choice since for someone with my experiences the market is not very open to a PM without certification and i cannot get certified without otj experience so its a catch-22.I am under employed without many options that i can see.

A well-deserved Thank You to both you and Dr. Shatkin. I whole-heartedly agree that it was the author of the Yahoo! airtcle who made the big mistake. It is nice to know that the U.S. Department of Labor has a pretty complete description of what constitutes being an archivist. Thank you, Dr. Shatkin, for pulling together that information and making it available through your book. It does much to dispell the stereotypes of archivists.As for stress level I do find my job as stressful. I figure if I dream about work issues/projects and such, that is a pretty clear sign I'm stressed. I do agree that stress level is different than the busy-ness of the job. I think Spindry about the different stress levels for archivists depending upon their work situation. As an almost lone arranger (1 f-t [me], 1 p-t), I find my situation rather similar to Spindry's. I would also add managing (and often working on) several major projects at one time.I have enjoyed the discussions that developed because of the Yahoo! airtcle. By having these types of discussions, we are better able to define the work of archivists.

Careful, meticulous, staedy, calm, confident is the nature of our jobs as archivists. Low stress does not mean the job is boring or unworthy. The stress we do have is about funding, appreciation, peer pressure, and having enough resources to do our jobs, and that is all in the way we respond to internal and external pressures. The most stressed people I have seen in archives (and I admit to being one of them back in the day) are those who have a massive task to do and have to work for and among many other people in an institution who do not know what we do, why we do it, or why they pay us to do it. The key is to spend more kinetic and less frenetic energy. My two cent's worth (and yes, I know it should be an entire dollar!)

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