Honestly when l chose librarianship the honest truth is l did not want to do what everyone in our family had already done. I chose librarianship because most people l know looked down on the profession and my friends at high school laughed because they thought librarianship is done by those not academically gifted. I chose librarianship because when l thought critically about it l thought l was cleverer than the rest because the fewer we are in the profession the higher the chances of getting a good job with very little competition. Thus l entered into this profession to become a female librarian.
As much as most people may deny it librarianship is a male dominated industry. It is the males with the highest positions of power and who get to make the tough decisions while we weak and delicate females are put on the front desk to deal with the patrons. Though we may be many in numbers there is a glass ceiling which limits our promotion to the top positions. The males are given the challenging tasks and women are sidelined.
The ironic thing is that males are not the culprits this time it is us females. Have a problem with operating the computers ask any male colleague to fix it for you. You are not sure about a decision to make again ask your male colleague.
However, now you are having problems with the flower arrangement call the female colleague. There is a child misbehaving again call the female colleague. Just because l can arrange flowers does not mean that l am not capable of handling the technical stuff.
That is the major reason l remain a librarian so that l can challenge the status quo. I became a librarian because l know that l will be able to bring glory to be a female librarian. I became a female librarian not because l am some kind of feminist or l am a control freak but because l want to make a difference and l believe in myself enough to know that l can. That is why we need to stand together and reclaim our power.
I am sorry everyone for disappearing for such a long time. Working in a library is really time-consuming l have just been so busy. This month l want to start fulfilling my new year’s resolution of updating this blog twice a week. We are all guilty of always pushing our resolutions aside but this year l am actually going to try to fulfil my resolutions.
When most people hear about studying out of the country they watch a bunch of movies about universities in UK and think it will be drinking and dancing for the whole four years.
Then reality bites you when you try to find a place and you start to hear about the money needed. Money for fees, accommodation and surprisingly enough even heat. Fear not help has arrived in the form of scholarships.
Then back to business today l want to write about this great expo l attended. A number of representatives from Universities in Britain came to Zimbabwe and answered questions people had about studying in the UK. Exciting stuff right well l have a gazillion pamphlets from universities all over Britain. To quote Sam the director of British Council London is not Britain there are great universities outside London And l actually had an opportunity to hear more about these universities.
So if you are interested and staying in Zimbabwe and you want to study in London feel free to ask and l can email you my pamphlets “sharing is caring” and l am all about the care. You can drop a line at your nearest library and ask about going to University and they shall provide answers for you that you may need.
There a number of agents in Zimbabwe who are willing to help you with your application and even a higher number of placement agents who will be able to help you with your visa finding affordable accommodation and any queries you might have about studying in the UK. If you are one of those (Do It Yourself) DIY people you can go on-line select the university you want and they will get back to you and help with the application process.
So next time will be comparing the benefits of studying in UK to those of studying in Zimbabwe and let me warn you all l shall not be pulling any punches.