Q: 'Have you considered working for free to gain experience?'
A: Yes. In fact this is still something I'd really like to do but unfortunately time constraints make this nearly impossible.
I see volunteering (in the right role) as a great opportunity to gain skills and get experience in sectors where I would be unlikely to get a paid job due to lack of experience. I am particularly attracted to the idea of project work and getting to create something tangible.
I have been keeping an eye out for a volunteering opportunity for some time now, as I know that in my current job (as is the case with every job)there will always be certain skills I won't have as much chance to develop as others. The only problem is that I work full time, and do an additional 2 hours a week paid work at another library. Add to that the fact that the days I work in my full time job are on a 2 week timetable, and so I don't have the same days off each week and it becomes virtually impossible to fit anything in!
For now I'll just keep my fingers crossed that I'll manage to find something.