After a bit of proverbial kick in the 8-bits today, I’m currently wondering where I should be going careerwise and need some advice. (I may look at things a bit more stoically tomorrow, but today, not really!)
There are a couple of angles to this – I’m a librarian and also a bit of a programmer.
As a technically minded librarian who programs outside of work and has the sort of interests you can see in this blog, where should I be going? I can program in a few languages – I’m not an expert in any of them, but I get by. I don’t have to use them in my day job, and they’re just used for my personal tinkerings. Would you recommend I focus seriously on a particular language and get a qualification, or is that a pointless move? eg I can program in Java, but is it worth me getting a qualification in it, or should I move on to something else which will give me a better long-term result? Should I not even bother with programming using code? Sh0uld I be looking at developing other areas of IT information related skills? I have various holes in my knowledge, some of which for a clunky programmer might be considered basic, but I just tend to use/deal with things I know about and fill in gaps as I go along.
Now I think I really need to put some structure into what I’m doing and concentrate on areas that are going to help me in the long-term – I’m not normally career minded – I have been fortunate to be led down a route that I’ve been happy with, but now I think I need to put a bit more direction into what I’m doing.
Also, on the non-programming side are there other avenues in libraries and the information profession I should be exploring?
This is a genuine request. Any feedback/suggestions from anyone would really be appreciated. It doesn’t matter if what you say is at odds with other people, or if it’s just one idea or a big long list of suggestions, all thoughts will be considered.