Getting an MLIS would be so much more fun if it were more like how you Joined the navy back in the day:
"I went out drinking with these librarians... Next thing I knew I woke up in the stacks with nothing but a cataloging manual and a cart of books. A disembodied voice yelled out 'Shelve or die, page!'
Over the next couple of months I would run across a new cart with more books and I would shelve those, too. All I had to eat was stale popcorn and juice boxes.
Then, slowly, I learned the way of the Dewey and found my way out of the stacks. I learned I was the only one of my group to do so, making me worthy of the title 'library assistant.' After a few more years, battling incoming patrons and manning the computer lab, I made friends with The Director. Less and less was I told to go out to the desk. I was made a part of the institution.
One day she bid me into her office. 'I am not the true Director' she said, 'The real Director has been retired for years and living quite comfortably in Florida. The next shift change, I too shall retire and leave you the library.'
Good to her word, she retired and I took her position after we found a new crew. Every once in a while she would pop back in, all the while calling me Director. And that's how I became The Director of the library."
Yeah, I wish it was that way. I wish it was so that when the Director retired, they moved a worthy soul up and hired from the bottom. But looking at library job postings can tell you this is not the common practice. Why would you want to get new blood in the profession, anyway? Might as well only advertise for director positions, it is not like those new graduates know anything useful.
And going out drinking after work would be so much more fun if we could kidnap people. Just saying.