You want choice, you’ve got it. If shaping the future of information conservation and accessibility sounds enticing, there are plenty of opportunities on offer and an even wider selection of places to work. You might think that librarians only work in public libraries, but in fact only 40% do. As for information, archives and records specialists, their professions touch on and infiltrate everything from medical advice, to data management and the conservation of historic artefacts. There’s quite literally something for everyone.
The kudos of working in an academic or research library, or professional association, like a law or accountancy firm, can certainly distinguish you from the crowd. The main appeal for people working in all these areas is the chance to really use the creative side of your brain and make a difference. Look beyond the local authority welcome mat, and you’ll spot some phenomenal opportunities.
Your career can progress at many levels and there are jobs to suit most personalities. Size and location of organisations storing, conserving and sharing information will very much influence the types of opportunities available. Taking professional qualifications will greatly enhance career prospects and increase the size of your pay packet. Some are mandatory, whilst others signal a commitment to learning and development and can help you break through any ‘glass ceiling’.