Experience & Future Career

When thinking about my future as an information professional, I decided to make a list of my technical skills and identify resources to help me develop in these areas.

Current technical skills:

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook)
  • Mac iOS
  • Content Management Systems (SharePoint, Drupal, WordPress, RapidWeaver)
  • CSS, html, screencasting, podcasting, web and social network applications
  • Cataloging experience in network television (raw footage, graphics, music, programming, commercial and infomercial, video on demand, broadband)
  • Cloud computing (Dropbox)
  • Knowledge of various library systems (Aleph, Nesbit)
  • Knowledge of LC, MARC, Dewey’s
  • Experience with digitization, electronic records, and metadata standards
  • Knowledge in GIS applications

Other skills and experience:

  • Customer service
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Project management
  • Time management
  • 10+ years experience in special libraries and academic library
  • 10+ years supervisory experience
  • Experience in health systems
  • Training and teaching experience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Multi-tasking and planning skills
  • Written and oral skills (comfortable speaking in front of large groups, television, radio, and have written pieces for local papers)
  • Learning and teaching skills (assessment)
  • Marketing and public relations experience
  • Fundraising experience

Resources to fill the gaps:

I would love to work for a successful corporation that sells a product or service that I believe in. Scripps Networks is a great company because it is comprised of unique lifestyle networks, websites, and magazines that strive to go beyond cooking, home repair/improvement, travel, and music. The brands are committed to exploring new and different ways to approach food, home and garden, travel, music – through pop culture, competition, adventure, do-it-yourself demos and travel – while also expanding its repertoire of technique-based information.

Television networks are now branching out far beyond cable TV. You can watch television shows online from your computer, smartphone, iPad, or other handheld device. Technology is rapidly changing this industry and creating new jobs in information technology/management/architecture. I would love to work for a larger company/organization with offices all over the country/world. In addition to Scripps, I have been investigating Turner Broadcasting, Viacom, and Discovery for possible job opportunities.

I enjoy working as a part of a team, but I enjoy working solo as well. Teamwork is great, but I like to be accountable for my own work and ideas as well. My last job at the American Cancer Society was a public service job. It involved a lot of public speaking and engaging with the community. It was a huge adjustment for me and was hard at times, but I ended up really enjoying it. I used to have a fear of public speaking and was able to overcome this fear during my time at the ACS.

I hope to one-day hold an important position within a company/organization that makes a difference in people’s lives. I want to be a positive force within an organization to help others (whether it be health, safety, knowledge, well-being, cultural enrichment). I think it is important for information professionals to develop and grow their knowledge/skills, and keep up-to-date with the changing technologies and trends in the field.

Ranked in order of importance in preparing for a career in a corporate environment are the following competencies:

1. Information and Documentation Management Skills

2. Ability to Use Information Technologies

3. Project Management Skills

4. Planning and Organizational Skills

5. Communication and Networking Skills

6. Information Management Skills

7. Decision-Making Skills

8. Teamwork Skills

9. Change Management Skills

10. Business Acumen

11. Leadership Skills

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