Self-assessment and Identifying What You Want to Know

06/05/2011 § 11 Comments

Self Reflect

Take the time to self-reflect

Self-assessment is a life long learning tool that helps guide us in identifying what our personal strengths and weaknesses are.  Whether you are a working professional or a student, this is a valuable skill to have and to work on. Taking the time to reflect on what you’ve learned and what you still want to learn is essential for self-growth and development. For a student like myself, who is in the middle of my MLIS degree, doing this was crucial for planning the rest of my curriculum. Being able to identify what gaps I had in my own experiences helped me to make some decisions about what I need to do in the upcoming year.

Some people go into library school knowing exactly where they want to work. In fact, it’s usually an ice breaker question, “What kind of library do you want to work in?” On the other hand, I’m sure it’s normal to change your mind a few times once you’ve become acclimated to the library field. I have definitely shifted my personal goals since I started my program. I went from being sure I wanted to be an art librarian, to realizing I should be more flexible and I started looking into digital libraries. I had to ask myself where I want to be once I was done and what kind of work I want to do. As a result, I needed to shift my coursework to match my goals.

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