Career Sustainability

by Ryan Nitz, Head Editor, INALJ Alaska

Career Sustainability

ryannitz_photoMonique Valcour over at Harvard Business Review recently wrote a piece entitled Craft a Sustainable Career. This is a thought-provoking read and one that provides a great framework for analyzing the way in which you think about your career. And in terms of sustainability, we’re not talking about green jobs here; we’re talking about creating a vision for your professional life that is sustainable for you as an individual.


In a tough job market, it’s so easy to find yourself adopting a take-whatever-you-can-get mindset. Losing sight of the bigger picture is commonplace, so it’s important to remind ourselves that we should be striving to strike a balance between gainful employment and personal fulfillment. Now in a largely public service-oriented filed like LIS, that may or may not be quite as tricky as in the world of, say investment banking, but it’s still worthwhile. Over the course of your career, the amount of time you spend at work will be substantial to say the least, so you might as well feel good about what you do.


It’s definitely worth your time to bop on over and give Monique’s article a read:


Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


  1 comment for “Career Sustainability

  1. August 9, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Thanks for posting this article, Ryan. Initially I had fears of “Always Be Closing,” which seems like an exhausting way to live. But I found her suggestions full of common sense. The trick, I think, is to make the commitment to carry out the techniques faithfully; otherwise, I feel like they lose their effectiveness.

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