Drifting with Professional Scope

  • Jen Green Dartmouth College
Keywords: professional development, professional transitions


“Drift,” as a noun, may ignite feelings of unease. Daunting nouns such as “scope drift,” “change management,” “conflict resolution,” and “project management” swirl around the professional landscape, and in facing these nouns, the work associated with them can be unfamiliar and frightening. However, productive outcomes can quickly emerge when these terms are reframed as inspiring verbs. Managing change, resolving conflict, managing projects, and drifting with scope are verbs that grant some control over what happens next, which is much more inspiriting and motivating than watching from the side and hoping everything turns out fine. From the perspective of a drifter, this article is a case study of one professional’s journey riding with the changing tides of her career in a way that has resulted in growth and opportunity. It will explain how each educational experience, new/evolving job description, and redirected initiative were not means to an end, but tools acquired along the journey and to be used for the duration of the journey. Even though many professionals find themselves in situations where they no longer do what they started doing, this case will provide an example of how every piece of information, professional advice, certification, and educational moment can be leveraged, re-used, and repurposed while drifting with scope.

Author Biography

Jen Green, Dartmouth College

Jen Green is the Digital Scholarship Librarian within the Scholarly Communication, Copyright and Publishing Program at Dartmouth College. Jen works with faculty, students, and staff to provide them with current information and resources that can help them share the results of their research, scholarship, teaching, and learning. She is involved in planning, design, and development of Dartmouth’s emerging online scholarly repository, the Dartmouth Digital Commons on bepress. This is where Dartmouth scholars can share their work openly with the world. In addition to this, she works across campus departments to build awareness about other tools, resources, and services that support publication generally and open access publishing more specifically. In an effort to help people understand the scholarly communication/publishing landscape, she coordinates education and outreach opportunities about author rights, copyright, managing scholarly identity and broader impact of research, and innovations in scholarly publishing.

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