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AALL Spectrum / January/February 2018 / Volume 22, Number 3

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JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 | AALL SPECTRUM 1 their career and your own career goals. If you do not have someone in mind, consider join- ing the Professional Engagement, Growth, and Advancement Special Interest Section (PEGA- SIS) for mentoring and networking opportu- nities. Additional information can be found at bit.ly/AALLPEGA-SIS. Another option is to search for a mentor through AALL's Mentor Match, which is available in My Communities. e professional advantages of being a mentee are probably obvious. However, being a mentor can bring its own set of rewards, such as honing your coaching skills or gaining insight into your management style. You may be a mentee regarding one aspect of your career and a mentor to someone else in another area. Start the new year by assessing your career and where you'd like to go in the next few years. Use the resources available to you and create opportunities for growth. Finally, share your knowledge by becoming a mentor —you will reap the rewards while strengthening the profession. he start of a new year oen brings reection on the previous year and contempla- tion of future plans. e most common resolutions usually involve getting healthy, saving money, or getting organized. However, the new year is also a good time to reect on your career path, consider new career goals, and examine or develop a strategic plan to guide your professional development. Are you headed in the right direction, or is it time for a change? How do you decide? CLAIM YOUR FUTURE Are You on the Right Career Path? Kristina L. Niedringhaus krisn@gsu.edu EDITOR'S NOTE T Find inspiration from the feature articles within this issue of AALL Spectrum. "e Journey Starts Here: Finding Your Path to Career Fulllment" features librarians from dierent library types and at dierent stages within their careers. ey each discuss how they found professional happiness and oer tips for nding your own path to career happiness and over- coming obstacles. If the next step in your career requires a job change, or you are a manager and recruiting for a position, "Job Interview Goals: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Table," might provide helpful insight. Or maybe what you need most at this stage in your career is to develop a new skill, stay on top of new trends, or troubleshoot issues with your colleagues. Shrinking budgets, sta, and resources have aected travel money and time o for education or training. "Securing Professional Development: Getting to Yes" explains how to make the best pitch for support and what supervisors consider when making professional development resource allocations for their sta. Another very powerful tool can be devel- oping a mentor/mentee relationship. Is there someone whose professional journey resem- bles the path you would like to take? Ask them if they would be willing to talk to you about

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