Thing 11 – Mentors


Although I’ve never had a formal mentor I believe I’ve worked with a couple of people who have acted as informal mentors for me (whether they knew it or not).   My first job in a library was a temp one, but once I realised that this was a career of interest to me that I wished to pursue my manager was very encouraging and let me be involved in as much as possible, arranging for me to visit other libraries and attend relevant events.  She helped me apply for jobs and gave me a brilliant introduction to the information profession.

There have been a couple of people in other work places since then that have also been more than willing to provide me with advice and support when needed and I think this is essential when you are still in the early stages of a career.


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