this post is for the The Library Routes Project I heard about in the 23 Things project. Here goes..
After being made redundant from a knitwear factory in my home town, I decided no more factories for me. The previous couple of years saw me going to night classes at the local college to do a CLAIT course and typing, from which I gained qualifications. I was ready to leave the factory to seek employment in the admin world.
However I put that on hold when I met my husband and we started saving up for a house etc.
At the end of 2000 I had no choice but to seek admin work as the factory closed it's doors for the last time.
I then decided to join an agency and gained a little experience filling in for people at various offices in the area.
After a few months I landed a part time 6 month job at a local hospital in one of the offices, as office junior [!] I'm not very 'junior' , not in years anyway, however young I call myself! That contract ended and I had another spell on the dole.
Another job became available - this time a permanent full time job with the same hospital as Undergraduate Secretary. This involved supporting medical students on placement at the hospital. I was there for a few years before I got itchy feet and decided to do something else, that's when the post of Senior Library Assistant became available where I am today. I have been at this post now for 4 years.
Not sure I want to further this and become a librarian. If a post came along it would probably mean I have to travel a lot further than I do now to come to work. Not sure I want to do that, even if it is more money! Also it is a very competitive market out there, not wanting to be too negative and appear not very confident but I probably wouldn't stand a lot of chance. I'm not a young whipper-snapper either! Someone like me at my age of ... ahem.... and without a lot of experience in libraries would be beaten by some young graduate I'm sure!
I am happy with what I do and happy to plod along as usual .. for now anyway.
thanks for reading!