This week we welcome an anonymous Former Librarian to the blog who has moved into a role at a finance company. This FL only makes limited use of the skills that they acquired whilst working as a librarian and has had to undertake another postgraduate qualification.
Current role: Application Support Analyst in the IT Department of a Finance company
Former role: Several librarian roles, mostly Systems Librarian
What led you to move on from libraries? The work wasn't challenging enough - quite boring, and not well paid
What do you do in your current role? Analyse and resolve IT issues in bespoke financial applications, involving liaising with users, scripting and debugging.
What library skills do you use in your current role? Only the experience I had in dealing with people - general interpersonal skills.
Do you think that your library skills helped you to get this position? No.
What other skills have you had to acquire since leaving the library profession in order to enable you to carry out your work? Post-graduate qualification in information systems.
Do you maintain any professional memberships or are there new ones which are more appropriate? No
Do you have any future plans/aspirations? To continue working in IT in a support environment. I have previously worked as a developer but found the work too isolated.