We’re Putting the “You” Back in “Your Career.”
Hi, it’s your colleagues who are trying something new with this program.
We don’t have it all figured out– but when we connected last year and swapped stories, we became aware that many of our challenges were one and the same. We’ve faced professional rejections that seemed to be based on our relative age rather than our skills and experience. We’ve struggled with managing every direction from the middle of our organizations. We’ve had to figure out cross country moves and how to make peace with staying put. We’ve attempted to balance our professional and personal lives to avoid the pitfalls of vocational awe and hustle culture. And what we needed from professional library development was not being offered.
Our initial discussion reminded us how good it feels to connect with someone in the same phase of career, facing the same set of obstacles to advancement and goal-setting. What if we were the ones we had been waiting for? By the end of our conversation, the idea for PeMento, A Peer Mentoring Cohort for Midcareer Library Workers, was already starting to take shape.
PeMento is designed to facilitate authentic personal and professional connections– helping midcareer library workers to overcome isolation and support one another in peer mentoring cohorts. Through a light matchmaking process, we will create cohort groups for you based on your affinities. Over the course of our 7-week pilot program, you’ll be given the time and tools to get clear on what you want for your career. It may not work perfectly, but we think it will be worth your time.
We are not about your organization; we are about you. We’re so glad you’re here.