Oh. Hi. You still there?

Posted by lynn on Jun 25, 2008 in News |

Wow. It’s been nearly a year since I last posted. Sorry about that.

So, um, what’s new with you?

Admittedly, part of my reluctance in posting has come from the little career dilemma I’m going through. Namely, I am not doing the job that I thought I would be doing, and I’m not exactly working as a librarian or information professional right now. I think I’d be ok with that had I not shelled out $35,000 for graduate school (or rather, taken out loans).

Now my degree isn’t for a total loss. I am probably the only project manager on the team who gets databases at all and understands what the heck the databases administrators are talking about. I’m also the only one who gets the concept of “metadata.” Yet I find the work I’m doing not to be nearly as involved with metadata, documentation, organization as I thought – or as Ticketmaster thought either.

On the plus side, I make good money – nearly 30% more than I would make as an entry-level librarian in L.A. I can afford my loan payment. I can afford my car payment. I live somewhat comfortably. I get treated fairly well – much better than the University ever treated me – and as you can imagine, working for Ticketmaster comes with its share of perks.

On the downside, there’s a lot of knowledge that I accrued with the intention of using that I’m not using. I’ve also managed to do yet again what I’ve done in my last few jobs – do a good job at something no one else was good at and/or wanted to do. Thus, I keep getting more of that crap work – because I’m so good at it. This usually results not only in job boredom and frustration, but it has stalled any chances of promotion in past jobs. After all, if they move me into a new role, who can they find to be successful in the old one?

Then there’s another thing: a few months back, I went to an alumni dinner here in Los Angeles. I was the only alum in the room who wasn’t a librarian. Let’s just say that the reaction I got was chilly. I was hassled about working for Ticketmaster and I was sneered at for not staying within the profession. The only folks that were genuinely supportive of me were the librarians who worked at the University I formerly worked for. The experience was saddening – especially as I was hit up for money as I walked out the door by one school official who didn’t even bother to talk to me the entire meal. The fact that these people – my fellow alumni – could be so judgmental was so disappointing.

So here I am. I love information science and would like to do more work in that arena. I still plan on going to ALA – if only to pretend to be a librarian and soak up some information goodness. Yet I’m still not convinced that being a librarian is the right move for me.

What to do…what to do….

1 Comment

Phil [Visitor]
Aug 3, 2008 at 6:47 am

Hey babe.

I’m glad to see you still think TM treats you better than USC. That’s a good thing.

I can’t speak towards whether or not you should leave TM for a library position, that’s entirely a personal decision. But I can say that keeping yourself happy at TM is largely on your own shoulders to fight for the projects you want and fight to move/share the projects you don’t. Keep pressuring Alan to make sure that “that project” isn’t only yours. It’s not a one-person project; it’s unreasonable for them to treat it as one. They’re just going to drive you away if they keep it as yours. And I would put it to him like that – he’s not very good with subtly, but he’s pretty good with (reasonably polite) directness.

If that succeeds, then clearly you don’t have to worry about the promotion path. However, within TM, I can tell you that your promotion path probably isn’t limited the way it was at USC. I’ve seen them promote people and then go “oh, crap, no one’s gonna be able to X the way they did… they’re going to have to train someone for a while, and probably be at least someone involved in it for quite a while.” But hey, that’s fair. But as I said – if you fight not to be left in that position in the first place, it should be moot when it comes to promotion.

OK, back to unpacking for me.

– Phil

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