Where are they now? Checking in with former AAPB resident Selena Chau

NDSR residencies may be time-limited, but the impact they can have on residents’ careers can be far-reaching. For this series of interviews, we will be talking with former NDSR residents from various cohorts about how their residency affected them personally and professionally.

Program: AAPB

Host: KBOO Community Radio

Can you briefly (in a sentence or two) summarize what your residency focused on?

Setting up archiving methods in a community radio station.

What aspects of your residency impacted you the most vis-a-vis your career trajectory?

The opportunity to develop and manage a project on my own, being on panels at conferences to discuss the importance and challenges in our field, and the incredible amount of learning via new networking connections.

What are the three most important skills you honed during your residency?

  1. Setting up equipment and creating In-house digitization procedures for DAT and minidisc
  2. Recruiting and setting up projects for volunteers
  3. Project management

What advice do you have for future NDSR cohorts or other participants in early career residencies?

Stay open minded and keep your eye on the prize (your own career advancement). Don’t let work environments or other restrictions/barriers limit your previous ideas of what you can/should learn. It’s all fair game.

What is your favorite NDSR memory?

Commiserating, and having such great new cohort colleagues.

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