Wednesday, July 09, 2008

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up (Maybe)....and Irony

What do you want to be when you grow up? Seems like an easy enough question when you're in grade school right? Standard answers--a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher, an astronaut, you get the point. My problem is I never quite actually decided. EVER. I don't know that I ever will. I have so many interests and things I want to do. I can't really see myself settling into a career with a clear cut career path.

When I went to college, I was at a loss to choose a major. Peoples advice to me was pretty standard "major in what you like, then you will be doing what you love" ok, sounds easy enough. So I became an English major. I've always loved to read and write so it was a good fit. I was also interested in politics so I decided to major in Political Science too. Why not? The Poly Sci major lasted exactly one semester, then I developed a huge crush on the History professor so I became a History major. After four years of lots of drinking wild crazy nights lots of studying and hard work I was handed a diploma and sent on my merry way.

I had no plans. Well actually, I almost did but I couldn't decide...law school, masters in public policy at George Mason, masters in writing at OSU, etc. I really applied to a crazy amount of graduate programs but none of them sounded appealing and the thought of more school at the time was more than my brain wanted to deal with. Luckily, I found a job, than another one and now, for the most part I enjoy the type of work I do. However, the time has come to revisit the whole graduate school thing. Having a bachelors degree is good, having a masters degree would be better. Plus it would mean more money and that is a very good thing, right?

After thinking, talking with a former co-worker/friend and a family member who just started a similar program I think I have a direction. I have been checking into a few different programs and am leaning toward a Masters in Library and Information Science degree. An MLIS would be the best fit for my mad Googling skills researching abilities and my undergraduate majors. Plus I would have a lot of opportunities--I could work in an academic setting, a corporate setting, public/private corporations, there are lots of possibilities. Another major plus, doing it ONLINE! One of the programs I am seriously looking at is a two year, completely online program. I know I need to get my masters degree but the thought of returning to a classroom setting isn't all that appealing and honestly, I could have had a third major (or at least a minor) in skipping class. Online would be great for me. I have pretty much made up my mind thats the degree I want to get, now I just have to suck it up and figure out how to pay for it do it.

So what do I want to be when I grow up (maybe)? A librarian! But not the creepy old woman with a bun, glasses, who smells like cats, and walks around shushing people. I want to be the cool, laid back kind who helps people use Google all sorts of resources to find the information they need, more likely in a corporation than the local library.

Oh and the irony.......I can't get a library card.

8 comments:

Andy said...

Well, according to the Pussycat Dolls, "When I grow up I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star, I wanna be in movies"... Yeah, trashy SUPER sticky song.

Actually, I dont know what I'm doing when I grow up.

chickbug said...

congrats on finding some direction...and something you are excited about. that is all that matters!

plus, being a librarian is cool. and probably even cooler with the internet. can't wait to hear more about it!

Kim said...

Ok - you are totally freaking me out. I have my MLS degree!! :) Email me if you want to chat about it and the types of jobs I've had because of it. :)

MeLaNiE said...

Sounds like a good plan! Just out of curosity...why can't you get a library card?

Jess said...

Wait, why can't you get a library card?

Also, I wanted to be a writer! And now I am! But not in the way I was planning at age eight.

Jamie Lovely said...

I'd love to be a librarian. Libraries are the best place ever!

Bayjb said...

I know a lot of people actually moving into this field. Bringing the sexy to the library! Good for you finding what you're interested in, that's the hardest part.

Mandy said...

Andy--that is a great song, but not as great as Barbie Girl, which is still going around in my head....

Chickbug--Thanks! I think the internet really has changed the field.

Kim--Yes! I will be taking you up on that offer.

Melanie and Jess--LOL, next blog post will be why I cant get a library card...

Jamie--I agree libraries rock!

Babyjb--Really? Who know it was the new *it* field. Que "Bringing sexy back."