Somewhat Damaged (msdaly) wrote in libraries,
Somewhat Damaged

Need honest advice

Basic situation is here I'm trying to decide whether or not to pursue an MLS. Please read a little about my background and let me know what you think. I keep going back and forth on this issue.

I got my B.A. in English Writing back in 2003. 2003 was a horrific year to graduate and needless to say the only thing I could find was temporary work that hardly required a college education. I was utterly clueless on how to find a job, other than responding to ads and searching companies' websites. Most of the writing jobs required more experience than I had and were fiercely competitive. I hated doing menial labor so when my temp job ended I went back to school and got a teaching certificate. I taught for half a year, HATED it with a fiery passion, quit this December. Since then I have been searching for office jobs that require some intelligence and library paraprofessional jobs, with absolutely no success. 3 1/2 months have passed and I really don't know what to do with myself. I am attempting to go back to temping for now but in the long term my brain NEEDS stimulation.

In short, I am deathly terrified of pursuing another useless degree that will leave me with no headway in the job market, but I am also deathly terrified of pursuing something that will make me totally miserable like teaching.

I think if I had my choice of whatever I wanted to do, I would want to be a librarian. I have always loved libraries, books, information. I started working at my local public library as a page, did that for a year. Then when I worked on my teacher certification, I came back as a circulation clerk, did that for nearly a year. I find checking out books all day to be mind-numbing, but I like the environment, and was intrigued by what the librarians do. But I chose teaching over library science because I knew teaching would lead to a definite job, whereas library science was more hazy. I've done my research (like a good librarian) and determined the "librarian shortage" is all just a bunch of bunk. However, I've had numerous people tell me that there are increasing opportunities for corporate librarians. I'd prefer to be a public librarian, though. I'd be willing to do cataloguing, systems, children's, reference, whatever.

I live in the DFW, TX area. If any of you know the prospects in this area please let me know. I've been searching job postings at local communities to see what is available for librarians. I've seen a few postings, but not a lot. I've read on this community that relocation ability is a plus; however I am not that flexible. My fiance's earning potential is much much higher than mine and I have to follow his job. He is graduating in May and will most likely be getting a good job the local area. I wouldn't mind moving, but I'm not going to take a job somewhere if he can't find a decent job there.

My experience so far in job searching is that it doesn't matter at all what you know, how smart you are, how hard you work, only who you know. I am bookish and shy and networking is not something I will ever be good at. I know I would do excellent in library school but I am concerned that I would not be able to find a job. I am intelligent, hardworking, and I'm sure I have the ability to do the job if given the chance. But I don't know the right people and I'm not the best interviewer, so it has proven next to impossible for me to get any chances. Except teaching, and that was horrible. I need a field where intelligence and ability matter more than personality and connections. Desperately.

My fiance majored in business computer information systems and seems to have a few opportunities. (but he is better at chatting up random people and I'm afraid that's what led to his job) I have been interested in the information systems side of librarianship, and although I would be sad to give up the library environment for a corporate environment, I would rather have a job than not. (obviously) my self esteem can't take much more rejection and I need to pick a career field as my resume is all over the place.

So what do you think? MLS or go back and get another Bachelors in BCIS? Or something else entirely? Thanks for your time.
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