Reflection on your values, preferences, and strengths helps frame potential career paths.
Study the Job Market
What career paths and job titles are available for graduates with information-related degrees?
- MLIS Skills at Work: A Snapshot of Job Postings
- Infonista: LIS Career Options
- Special Libraries doesn’t just mean more special libraries–more on non-traditional LIS paths
- I Need a Library Job
- The Librarian Linkover
Build Up Your Professional Network
For an overview of the resources listed below and how to use them, watch this brief video (embedded above).
Step By Step Guide
1. Learn how to network
- SuccessWorks’ extensive guide to networking
2. Attend training and events to build skills and develop a networking plan
3. Join student and professional associations
4. Use social networks
5. Schedule informational interviews
Join Student and Professional Organizations
iSchool Student Organizations
New student-led orgs are welcome!
Attend professional conferences and events hosted by professional associations. Check out our curated list below.
Gain Hands-On Experience & Skills
MA students complete a practicum as part of the program. For additional opportunities, contact your program manager and visit the Internships section of the toolkit.
- Professional Organizations
- Class Projects
- Individual/Personal Projects
Books, Articles, Videos
Available through the iSchool Library
Additional career related books can be found through the iSchool Laboratory Library
- The International Advantage: get noticed, get hired
- Rethinking information work: a career guide for librarians and other information professionals
- Designing Your Life: How to Build A Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Willam Burnett
- Who are you? What do you want?: 4 Questions that Will Change Your Life
- UX for Developers : How to Integrate User-Centered Design Principles into Your Day-To-Day Development Work
User Experience (UX)