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Job Advice | Archival Studies

The archival profession is highly competitive and the MLIS is usually a requirement for professional-level employment, but is by itself not sufficient. Each student should have or obtain job experience prior to the completion of their MLIS. Your fieldwork alone may not be enough. Examples of the things you can do 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, community engagement, etc.

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

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