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Well, you did everything you were supposed to do. You researched schools, found the best fit. You applied for loans and worked part-time jobs to get by. You signed up for the most challenging, engaging classes you could find in the online course catalog also based on advice from your peers and developed amicable relationships with your instructors. You stayed on top of technology trends and learned the importance of stretching a dollar in these “tough economic times” as well as the importance of building interpersonal relationships not only with users, but also with donors, funding bodies and other stakeholders. You learned these things either in class or at the various professional organization meetings. You attended these meetings in order to learn more about archival practice, meet professionals in the field and get your face and name recognized, perhaps even presenting at conferences or publishing papers. You worked various internships gaining valuable experience.
So, now what? You’ve got a head full of knowledge, the eagerness of a spring lamb and fingers just itching to process boxes and folders of documents, ephemera and other archival materials, just twitching to type up finding aids.