Whilst in Chicago, something marvelous occurred on my visit to Lake Forest Academy. It was the slightest change in thought that resulted in a paradigm shift. As beautiful as the campus was, and the pleasantry of the company, I decided after my experience that a boarding school librarian is not what I aspire to do. I am far too infatuated with history. It is the small yet monumental revelation when a person realizes and admits they are in love. Do not think me daft, I always knew I adored history (obviously, hence 19th Century Modern) but I never really considered a career in the field. Now, that I am awakened to this new joy, I am uncertain what title of position I shall be looking for in my career change.
My aspiration is to be in charge of event planning and advertising for a historical society in some township east of the Mississippi River and north of the Mason-Dixon line; with the one exception being North Carolina. I would move there in a heartbeat! My concern lies in the pay. From my cursory research, most historical societies employ part time staff and a host of volunteers, with a few full time paid staff, that does not encompass the tasks I so desire.
So this is my initial plan of attack, I shall continue to look for library positions in said locale. Then volunteer at the local historical society and offer my services; a way to segue myself into the new profession and gain experience. Granted, I will also search for historical, event planning, and advertising positions, just to get my foot in the door.
When I told my family and peers about this paradigm shift and alteration in my 40 Year Plan, most of them went into apoplectic shock. A change in “goal”/”outlook” is against type for me; but I figure it is best to follow one’s bliss; one of the luxuries of the Modern age.
Wish me luck! Should anyone know of someone or an open position, please let me know. I would be most grateful. *sets off at a determined pace toward Bliss*