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Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

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Career Strategy Tip – Prepare for An Uncertain Future By Second-Skilling

We recently read an interesting article titled “Could Singapore hold the secret to preparing workers for an uncertain future?” on ideas.ted.com.

We talk about learning new skills and refreshing existing skills as part of one’s career strategy on our blog, in our presentations and workshops, etc.

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This article talks about second-skilling. “In today’s economy, second-skilling — developing your skills in a sector other than the one you work in — is necessary for career resiliency; it gives you options and flexibility. That second skill can either complement the skills you’re already using in your current job, or offer a completely alternative path.”

Incorporate second-skilling as part of your career strategy. What would you second-skill in?

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The Secret to Job Security

After reading Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod, I subscribed to his gapingvoid daily cartoon emails. Saw this one recently about job security.

No Job Security

Stuff happens. Budgets get cut. Companies and organizations close down. Pink slips are given out.
The secret to job security: there is no job security.

At the end of the day, it’s about your skills, knowledge and experience. It’s also about people – who you know and who knows you. It’s about your network. 

And we’ve got some stories that demonstrate the power of the network —

  • A colleague told us she landed a job through a connection on LinkedIn, shortly after an informational interview with someone from the organization of interest.
  • Someone contacted me about a potential job opportunity through a conference program proposal that I had submitted.

What’s your story? 

Are YOU T-Shaped?

As the world watches the evolution of libraries, does anyone consider the backbone of the library; the librarians? As people question the value of libraries, do they consider the value of librarians?  We know we are valuable, but does anyone else?

For librarians to successfully transition into the future and prove their value they must respond to the emerging trends in the work world and become T-shaped professionals.  No, this is not in reference to your body type.

Often used in the IT and HR industries, “T-shaped people are individuals who are experts or specialists in a core skill but also have a broad range of skills in other areas.”  (http://blog.opengroup.org/2011/02/17/t-shaped-people/). They can also be called generalizing specialists, craftspeople, multi-disciplinary developers and cross-functional developers.

Being an information professional will become more of a role and less a title.  Information professionals will become valued for their skills, ideas, abilities and contribution to an organization’s overall mission rather than subject expertise and content knowledge.  That connection is crucial…the information professional isn’t just a nice addition or supplement to the organization but plays a crucial role.

How do we become T-shaped?

  • Focus on skills, especially transferable and cross-functional skills, soft skills
  • FLEXIBILITY is key
  • Adopt a holistic, systems thinking attitude
  • Develop project management skills
  • Incorporate practical, hands-on experience into your professional development