#77 Qualifications

Qualifications

Many of the discussions on librarian mailing lists centre round salaries, qualifications and the connection between the two. There is no doubt that you will tend to get on better if you are fully qualified and chartered. This does not, of course, mean that you will necessarily be doing a better job.

It all really depends on what you want to get out of the job. If you are happy with the salary, and are not desperately career minded, school librarianship can be immensely rewarding and good fun at the same time. If you regard the job as a stepping stone to another area of librarianship, you would be advised to qualify and charter as soon as possible. If you’re one of those people who want to be on 50k by the time you’re 40, you won’t be reading this and you won’t have considered being a school librarian.

I’ve met individuals who have never considered gaining full qualifications, but who are excellent and successful librarians due to their people skills and intuitive and innate professionalism. I’ve also met ‘professional’ librarians who are hopelessly, hopelessly lost and who will probably never even recognise that fact.

If you feel it’s worth working for the paper that says you’re a professional, it can be useful professionally and satisfying personally. On the other hand, you can work successfully and professionally without certificates.

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