“A New Delhi-based employment solutions company, Aspiring Minds, conducted an employability- focused study based on 150,000 engineering students who graduated in 2013. The findings were rather shocking. As many as 97 per cent of graduating engineers want jobs either in software engineering or core engineering. However, only 3 per cent have suitable skills to be employed in software or product market, and only 7 per cent can handle core engineering tasks” , – such is the scene at the job market in today’s times. With up and coming streams to be pursued, the job market is introducing new career prospects for students to undertake to stand out from the crowd and make a difference in their field.
Not only engineering, but medical sciences have lost value. The takers are plenty but their chances of getting jobs with a standard pay scale, are rather slim. This is because many job seekers are all seeking for the same positions and job titles.
Hence, a lot of people tend to take the sidewalk and take opportunities in lesser known fields to make a career. These careers include fashion designing, program analysis, research, information and library sciences, program evaluation; among many others. Library science or ‘librarianship’ has now taken up several names and does not just circle around being a custodian of some shelves consisting of books. Librarians must document electronic information as well. They help in assisting people and organizations and must be trained to manage and retrieve information. They thrive on change and find interest in challenges that require creative thinking and solutions. Librarians sometimes find themselves looking after the archives of a particular group, family or company too. It does not simply revolve around the storage and maintenance of information that should concern a librarian, but also facilitating access to this information. Sometimes a librarian must deal with a small population, say of a particular college, whereas librarians who work in large public facilities have to make their collections available to almost everyone.
Typical tasks of a librarian or information specialist may include:
Those who have keen interest in academics but do not wish to end up becoming a lecturer or professor can take up this profession as it provides an excellent base for improvised researches. Librarians also do not have to stick to one sort of position. They could be teacher librarians, library technicians, library policy makers, library assistants, national librarians, state librarians, new technologies coordinator, repository resource librarian, knowledge centre managers, liaison librarians, music librarians, information and data professionals, collections and facilities assistants, metadata team members; to name a few. The job prospects are in abundance and cannot be thus seen as an education of a lesser quality or low importance. The professions stemming out of this course requires students to be highly skilled at research work and responsible enough to maintain records and establish relationships with people for the same.
On the other hand, professionals involved in information systems help organizations with the storage, retrieval, and management of records or information and support information technology in an organization. An undergraduate degree in management information systems (MIS) or computer science is the preferred background before earning a master’s in information science. Competition for jobs, traineeships, and course places is strong. Employers seek motivated individuals with excellent research, IT, organizational, team working, verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Building a strong computer background in programming skills using several languages, various operating systems, database management, software and networks gives an individual the added bonus of procuring a good career out of this field. The individual would also be required to adapt well with the up and coming trends in digital media as electronic storage is a more preferred option to maintain accounts for the books. Digital copying of certain resources means that readers can now access information from their own computers and do not come into libraries to read the original copies of a book and the use of electronic catalogues has widened access and allows for easier sourcing of information.
Information officers are employed by a wide variety of private and public sector organizations including public libraries and information services, government departments, professional associations, research establishments, charities, the British Library, academic/school libraries and commercial organizations such as manufacturers and banks.
A Day in a LIS Professional’s Life: As documented by Mr. Om Shashi Shekhar Singh, Chief Librarian, Navodaya Vidyalaya, Mewat
On a typical day a librarian might perform some of the following duties:-
You can read more on his views at :-http://www.employmentnews.gov.in/CAREER NFORMATION SCIENCE.asp
|Creative Project Manager||Archival Consultant|
|Web Content Manager||Freelance Researcher|
|Intelligence Analyst||Business Research|
|Media Resource Curator||Metadata Specialist|
|Research Lead||Technology Coordinator|