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Thinking About an Encore LIS Career?

Tips from the SLA Encore Caucus by Kim Dority

If you, like many of us, love doing some work but are ready to consider a more lifestyle-friendly way to use your skills, the following questions may help you start thinking through which of your possible options will best fit your “encore” goals.

What are your reasons for continuing to work?
• Social interaction, friendships with colleagues
• Financial considerations, additional income
• Want to use my skills to contribute
• Enjoy the intellectual challenge
• Enjoy the routine
• Not ready to be a full-time grandparent/babysitter
• Enjoy staying professionally active
• Other (what might that be?)

What type of work structure sounds appealing to you?
• Part-time, regular schedule with current or new employer
• Flexible hours with current or new employer
• Project work, lasting anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months, perhaps through a placement agency
• Remote work, that you can do from anywhere with an internet connection
• Independent work, where you are an independent contractor or solopreneur doing various types of LIS work for clients
• Predictable seasonal work (for example, teaching) where you can know over the course of months or a year when you’ll be working and when you’ll not be working

What type of work activities sound engaging?
• Continuing to do what you’ve been doing, but less of it, with more flexibility
• Any type of Information work minus management responsibilities
• Working with children/young adults/the public/other, which is ___________
• A new aspect of LIS work you’ve become interested in, which is ____________
• An existing type of LIS work you’ve wanted to do more of, which is ____________
• Something different, not sure what, time to explore more!

What other considerations will affect your encore career choices?
• Family, social, or community commitments
• Health constraints
• Financial requirements
• Specific types of work or work environments you want to avoid
• Don’t want to have to learn any new technology
• Would like to avoid working with children/young adults/the public/other ___________
• Other, which is _____________________

These are just some initial questions to help you start thinking about your options for an Encore career – in fact, you might want to start a journal to begin recording your thoughts as you consider this next important phase of your career.

And of course, you’ll want to join the SLA Encore Caucus to brainstorm with like-minded colleagues! (Don’t forget, you can add a membership for half price at the conference)

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