A panel of current graduate students in library school as well as music librarians at the start of their careers will discuss their experiences as students and new professionals. They will review the curriculum of courses they took in school and compare that with MLA’s Core Competencies for Music Librarians. In addition, they will address a number of related topics, including coursework that was particularly helpful, acquiring “on the job” experience as a student, finding internships, distance education, networking, and mentoring. The new professionals will also discuss their experiences with their first jobs and describe areas of specialization or skills that they have found particularly valuable. We anticipate this session will be helpful both to people pursuing a career in music librarianship as well as librarians involved in training them. The panel will consist of five people who have enrolled in or graduated from several different library schools so that an array of perspectives and experiences can be offered. Questions will be formulated by the panelists in consultation with the Music Librarianship Educators Interest Group and the Career and Services Committee. We also plan to leave sufficient time for input from those attending the session, whether in person or online.