Wise words on career development from…a library textbook?

I’ve read a lot of fluffy, inspirational essays on career development over the years, but I couldn’t help but be struck by this list from the textbook I’m using for my Academic Libraries course this semester, Academic Librarianship by Camila A. Alire and G. Edward Evans. Doesn’t this sound like an excellent list to live by?

  • Know yourself, both the strengths and the weaknesses
  • Have high standards, both personal and professional, and demonstrate them in your daily work.
  • Demonstrate commitment to whatever job you have.
  • Cultivate clear thinking and maintain an objective viewpoint.
  • Be reliable.
  • Be adaptable.
  • Cultivate and never lose your sense of humor.
  • Understand the way that others think.
  • Show a concern for others in your professional and personal life, but in unobtrusive ways.
  • Keep at the cutting edge of change.
  • Develop good communication and influencing skills.
  • Acquire political skills.
  • Extend managerial knowledge and know what is best practice in management thinking.
  • Ensure that you are working effectively as a member of a team at all stages of your career.
  • Know how to make decisions and change them if the situation demands.
  • Delegate.
  • Maintain control over your own time.
  • Recognize mistakes that you have made and learn from them.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Understand that career development requires an investment of time and money.
  • Enjoy the job you are doing – if you don’t enjoy the one you are in, find another.

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