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Employment Advice | Archival Studies

The archival profession is highly competitive and the MLIS is usually a requirement for professional-level employment. However, a MLIS is, by itself, not sufficient. Each student should have or obtain job experience prior to the completion of their MLIS. Participating in Alternative Spring Break and taking the Fieldwork course (759) will help.

Examples of other ways to strengthen your resume are: full or part-time paid employment as a paraprofessional, records management certification, leadership positions and/or active participation in professional organizations and the SAA student chapter, technical skills, grant-writing, paper presentations and community engagement, among others.

Many entry-level positions are short-term grant-funded positions and students should expect to move around in order to get jobs..

Students should also ensure that their general job skills are polished. UWM offers support through the following: