That Awkward Moment When Someone Asks You What You Want to Be When You Grow up and Your Answer Is, “a Librarian”

Like many people, I possess to some extent career aspirations.  As attractive as living in your parent’s basement is to some, I’ve never really understood the appeal of it.  It also helps that my parents don’t have a basement.

Over the years my exact goals have changed at bit (sometimes quite a lot), or as I would say “grown more refined”.  They’ve ranged from Firefighter to Video Game Designer to MPAA Movie Rater.  I know, I’m a man of many talents.  Or lack thereof.  I prefer to think I have many.  Or at least some.

Despite this wide variety of potential careers in mind, over the past four to five years I’ve narrowed it down to a more specific field: Computer Science.  But wait, hold on.  Some of you may be thinking, “I thought you want to be a Librarian?  What does that have to do with Computer Science?  And nice use of bolding”.  First of all, congratulations on reading the title.  And to answer your questions: Yes, I’m getting to that, and thanks for noticing!

Before I get to the Librarian bit, I’ll go over the progression of interest in IT jobs.  First, I wanted to be a Video Game Designer.  I’m mean, who didn’t in middle school?  It turns out however, they don’t make a lot of money.  Yikes.  Next I wanted to into Cyber-security.  Lots of money, lots of jobs.  Sounds better.  Then, I got a little more specific.  I wanted to be a Computer Forensics Analyst.  It combined two of my favorite topics, computers and law enforcement.  *Cue Batman Voice* “JUSTICE!”  And that idea stuck for a while. A good two years in fact.  But as I grew older and began to understand the type of person I was, something seemed to be missing.  It turned out that something was just a few books.  Or a lot of books.  Ya, more like a lot.

So if there’s one thing that interests me as much as Computer stuff (OK…..There’s a lot of things that interest me as much as Computer stuff…..but that’s not the point….) it’s the wide world of Literature.  I love books.  Which is ironic because for the first six to seven years of my life I hated them, hated them!  That didn’t last for long, though.  Soon I couldn’t get enough of them.  It actually got bad for a bit though.  I would read in class during lesson time and got in trouble.  I guess you could say I was a “problem child”.

So ya, I like books and I like computers.  For a while that didn’t really seem compatible to me.  That was of course until I took a Myers-Briggs personality test (which by the way, if you haven’t taken one yet I would strongly suggest you do.  One of my favorites can be found here).  This is the standard 4-letter personality test that many of you have probably heard about or even taken.  My results were the INFJ type, which it turns out is the rarest type in the world.  I share my type with the likes of Jesus, Hitler, Gillian Anderson.  Yikes.  That’s a mixed bag.  Anyways, back to my point.  One of the suggested jobs after my test was “Librarian”.  “That’s interesting” I thought.  So I engaged in one of my favorite pastimes: impulse googling.

It turned out being a Librarian was right up my alley.  Not that I have an alley.  Come to think of it I can’t think of anyone who “has an alley”.  Let me know if you do.  So it turned out that being a Librarian held a great deal of interest to me.

Here’s a brief list of reasons why it held a great deal of interest to me:

  1. I could still specialize and work with computers.  In America, Librarians have to get at least a Masters degree.  And whatever they get for there Bachelors often determines their specialty as a Librarian.
  2. I definitely would get to work with books.  Do I even need to explain this point?
  3. The Pay’s decent.  Finding your dream job is nice, but so is having a reliable sufficient income.  While Librarians earn on the lower end of Masters degree recipients, they still earn a good salary and have the potential to eventually earn six figures.
  4. You get to help people out.  From the comfort of an air-conditioned building with free WiFi.  I like helping people out.  It’s a part of my who I am and a part of my faith.  Whether it’s helping a library patron find the perfect book or assisting in job training being a Librarian holds plenty of opportunities to serve.  I don’t however like strenuous labor and as an introvert I tire easily in large crowds.  As a Librarian the largest crowds I’ll have to deal with on a regular basis are long book checkout lines and the occasional community event.
  5. Did I mention there’s books?  Gosh, I can’t believe I just wrote that line.  So cringy.

As much as I would love to keep discussing how excited I am to be a Librarian, I’ve rambled for almost a thousand words and I think that’s probably a good place to stop.  There’s always a future blog post where I can expand upon the topic.  So thank you for reading, and don’t forget to tune in next week!

 

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