I recently took the Rasmussen College Career Aptitude Test, and was surprised that a recommended alternative career for me would be “Clergy.”
I used to work with someone who left the publishing industry to attend seminary around the same time that I went to library school. We remain close, and have often commented how similar our two careers are to each other:
- We both enjoy serving our communities.
- We are both fighting the impression that our organizations are dying.
- We are both working with ever-declining budgets.
- We are both simultaneously leaders, bookkeepers, event planners, role models, and social workers.
- We both have multiple bosses–I have a library board, she has a church council.
- We are both trying to lead change, often against entrenched, long-held beliefs about our organizations’ purposes and missions.
- We are constantly being asked, “You really need a degree to do that?”
My pastor friend could easily be a librarian. She’s a prolific reader and curious about everything, and she has excellent communication and interpersonal skills, so she would certainly be fantastic as a public librarian. I’m not so sure I’d be even a middling member of the clergy!