Jade Justice – BMus & MSc Library and Information Studies!!!!

I haven’t written on here for a while!

So… I graduated 🙂 I have my MLIS!

I am not going to say it was easy and it didn’t stress me out, I cried, I laughed, I asked for help, I got my friends to proofread and I passed!

I can officially say I have a masters and that I can be a librarian, one day.

For now, after being in academia for 7 years, I have decided I am going to live my life and be happy, read more, laugh more, love more and make new memories! HAVE A LIFE!

There is a picture of me in my cap and gown with my degree, very happy with my other half, Aaron.

I have started to edit and create my content for my YouTube channel, which I am very very very nervous to upload, so it will probably take me a lot longer to upload it to the internet for everyone to see….

Hope you are having a great summer, congrats to all of the GCSE’s/A Levels/Leaving and Junior Cert results students and people who are going on any other type of journey! 🙂

Jade x

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FINALLY!

Last week I managed to hand in my dissertation, I hit the final work count of 21,259 words (and an additional 11,000 for the research I collected myself)!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out, I was really passionate about the subject and was very touched by the replies and responses I received from all of your MLISers and academics who wanted to let me know their opinions!

Anything, I can not name anyone as it is all about breaking the law (or bending it, as one interviewee said)!

I will start making YouTube videos from next week, to encourage all users that the library is not just about books.

Here is my channel:

http://bit.ly/1Ka64hZ

Also here is my FB page:

https://www.facebook.com/UniqueLibrarian

And here is a picture of Steve Mills, the student union president who is amazing 🙂

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Bye for now!

Jade x

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Me write good????

So since I have moved over to Aberdeen, I have updated and created CV’s for family and friends…. and I am actually good at it???

I have to be friends with them, as I then know their personality and can make it come out on paper and they are always so happy afterwards.

When my partner moved over here in June 2014, he brought his CV. It was basic to say the least. Still! It only took me 2-3 hours to get all the information into some sort of order and build up his confidence so he knew he could get a job (it only took him a week).

He is now working in “Beer Science” and he couldn’t be happier, but it took him very long to get to where he wanted to be.

The feeling I get when a friend looks at the new CV I have created for them and they are happy really lifts me up 🙂 I want them to be the best versions of themselves, but it is really hard to see that when you are looking at yourself. Someone reflecting on all your skills and strengths really helps when you are trying to land your dream job or just to get your first summer position.

My new saying this year is, “You want epic? BE EPIC!”

Don’t lose confidence in yourself, but acknowledge your weaknesses as areas you need to approve upon. No one is perfect.

Where have you been Jade???

So I have been very quiet on here for a good few months, I also change the settings to private.

I was feeling very stressed and needed to do this:

This is still 4,000 words short for my dissertation :/
This is still 4,000 words short for my dissertation :/

This, my readers, is my 23,000 word first draft of my dissertation for my MSc in Library and Information Studies from Robert Gordon University.

If you have been following me on here, you will know my topic, but for those of you just popping by, it’s basically about music copyright in libraries.

The word limit is 20,000 (+/- 10%). I did a LOT of data collection, surveys and interviews, which has made my appendix…. let’s just say it’s nearly at the double digits.

My current employers have been very supportive and have let me working on this paper during working hours (after I have all my duties done, of course) so I am very happy I made the investment in a Google Chromebook and have 1TB of storage to save everything onto and access where I need (as long as I have Wifi/Internet).

***This blog post is not sponsored by Google, I just want current and future students to know how awesome their products are***

I could not recommend using Google Docs/Drive highly enough, it really is amazing how you can ask someone to edit and proofread along with you!

So what I am doing now is planning a summer of an Irish Road Trip with my friend, Maid of Honour Duties, Kick Ass Graduation Parties….. AND I HAVE DECIDED TO GO FOR CALL FOR PAPER DEADLINES.

I am good at presenting my work and think I would kick some serious networking butt at these things. I just have to make sure my (FULL TIME) job is not disrupted too much in the process.

I think I have a problem, I just love learning 🙂

Sorry it took me so long to post again, I promise after my deadline (May 6th), I will be back in action on here.

Jade x

It’s not what’s under the Christmas tree…

I am happy to announce, I have secured a job for the new year 🙂

It comes with a great pay jump, health and dental and even has holiday days that I can take to go home for a few visits!

This really has taken the pressure off for a while and made me feel really good about myself.

It isn’t in a library though…

I am aware that I am qualified in the area of Library and Information Studies now, but after working in a Public Library for nearly 6 months, I do not think the setting is for me.

I understand office politics, as it was forced upon me a few years ago, but working for a public library run by the local government can be a bit stressful. I found it difficult to adjust from my retail job into a “traditional” library role. I loved it, don’t get me wrong!

I just think I have out grown it, as I prepare to leave.

Everyone I work with is lovely, so grounded and genuinely nice people, but the sense that there was something else out there that I could do has been itching at me for a while.

My boss was very honest and said that my contract was unlikely to be renewed due to budget and also the need to have a L.A on the floor for which I work, which I totally understand. Sometimes it feels like I am trying very hard to look busy, and other days I am rushed off my feet.

I have managed to get a job in the oil industry, which I am very excited about starting!!! It will open a lot of doors for me and also be internationally recognized for my future plans (my partner and I would like to move to Canada before we are 30)!

As you can tell from my other posts, I will not be revealing where I will be working, as that is a private thing, but I will discuss my experiences of my new position and the career I am going to take in this area!

I am having so much fun writing this blog, thank you to all my followers and I hope you and yours have a fantastic Christmas break, whatever your traditions are!

Just remember, it’s not what’s under the Christmas tree, it’s who’s around it 🙂 Charlie-Brown-Christmas-Business-Lessons

Education VS Experience

Many colleagues that I have had the pleasure of working with, are not qualified in the area of Librarianship. It goes without saying that these workers are fantastic at their job and I hope I could be comparable at some stage of my career, but it poses the question, does experience out weight the education?

I have worked a lot of different types of jobs, which on one hand makes me desirable. I have the skills sets needed to work with the public, but what type of public is that?

I worked as a “Deli Girl” for most of my undergraduate, graduated and waiting-for-my-postgraduate-to-start years. It was in my local supermarket and I really had no idea what I was doing at the start. I had worked in a deli previously but it took a bit of adjusting. I was given the easy tasks at first, then all of a sudden; I could close up on my own and had enough hours to fund a car. I left my steady job a few times (as most of my peers before me) and they took me back. They understood I wanted to grow and learn different skills, and never judged me for it.

I am forever grateful for my deli job, it showed I could have a work life balance to employers in career style roles.

I have a few younger family members and *fabulous* friends who are currently beginning their third level education. What they all seem to think is that the piece of paper will be worth it in the end, and they will get the “dream” job.

If only that is how life works.

I have friends who have graduated and who have gone through college/university without working, in any sector. At the time when I was in my undergrad, I was jealous. Looking at their CVs now… I feel sorry for them.

My generation is going through what seems to be a never-ending-circle of “experienced qualified employees needed” (but we do not want to give you any experience). Some people have to work in a sector that is not reflective of their studies, to LIVE.

They obviously would love to work in the sector they are qualified in, but love doesn’t always pay the bills.

When it comes to the Education VS Experience debate, I am truely on the fence. I am one of the lucky ones that had time to volunteer to gain experience and work in the deli. A graduate in any discipline could come out of university with 1:1, has never worked with the public and has no social skills. Each graduate is different, each person is different.

Employers are going to have to start making changes, they need to at least give people a chance to prove themselves.

Do your best, be nice, and you will get there.