Cathy Vincevic

Cathy Vincevic

Director


Gordon-Nash Library

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Always have been an artist, but as any artist can tell you that is a difficult way to make a living.
Lots of different jobs to support the work as an artist, to varying degrees of success.
Not able to finish my college degree, at first, because of a vindictive relative who wouldn't sign the papers for me to get my financial aid.
Lots of odd jobs and then some success as an artist.
Worked painting houses, pumped gas, took care of the elderly, became a head guide at a historic house...
Had a small farm, grew flowers, raised sheep---didn't make enough to live on...
Realized (when older) that it was time to get a degree...
Saw an ad for AmeriCorps---changed my life completely. Served two proud years in AmeriCorps---loved it--absolutely loved it--went to college--and got my Masters Degree and that changed everything!
Keep following my journey

Education

High School
Springfield High School
Bachelor
B.A.
Vermont College
Graduate
IMA
Goddard College

Career

Director

I am the Director of a library.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

Running a library is a challenging job with many, many facets. It isn't, simply, sitting there reading books. It is a job that is more about leading from behind than leading from the front. You have to build your patron base and support. It isn't always easy, but getting the right books in and when people start their own empowerment--when it works it is fantastic.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

So many skills. It is a job that has lots of incy peency things that have to be just so--so you can find the books---and then there is the service aspect--helping patrons. Then there is being a boss, taking care of a building, dealing with trustees...a lot of moving parts!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Start at the bottom and work your way in and up. You will need to get a degree.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
B.A.
graduate
Graduate
IMA

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Family:

"You can't be an artist you are a woman. You can't go to college, I won't sign the papers for you to get the money. You should be a secretary."

Challenges I Overcame