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Ready for career change. Nanny to ......

With 13+ years experience working in the field of child care, I am ready for a career change. Most recently (the last 5 years), I have been working as a nanny in a major American city. Previously, I've been a camp counselor, Au-Pair, and tutor, etc. I'm looking to parler this skill set into something outside of 'household help'. [more inside]
posted by kmeryl on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Is Claritas Investment Certificate a good intro to finance / CFA paths?

Mefites who do finance: is the Claritas Investment Certificate a useful certificate if I want to learn the basics of finance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Do I need a career change?

Not sure if career is the problem of if it's just me... [more inside]
posted by jenh526 on May 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Career suggestions for burnt-out Architect?

Posting for Mr. Chocotaco: Licensed architect burned out on architectural practice. After 10 years in the field working for high profile firms, I have concluded that architecture is not for me. Although the low pay, high stress aspects of the job are contributing factors, the primary reasons for deciding to pursue other career options are lack of fulfillment, clear purpose, opportunity for growth, and healthy work/life balance. [more inside]
posted by chocotaco on May 3, 2014 - 9 answers

How do I Become a Product Manager / Implementation Specialist?

I recently met someone who is an Agile product manager, and he seems to have my dream job. I love meeting and talking to people, translating layman's speak and understanding into tech speak and vice versa, and I love an everchanging, fast-paced job where you actually *work.* How do I get into this? (Longsplaining background follows.) [more inside]
posted by traversionischaracter on May 1, 2014 - 13 answers

From design to health insurance specialist: transfer credit/ how to?

Design degrees from Europe, 6 years experience as retail planner/analyst : want to move to health care specialist/analyst. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Jan 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Have 2 IT degrees, but want to do something else. How to go about this?

I have a BS degree in Information Science/Technology and have just completed a further post-graduate degree in the same field. I was awarded my degree with distinction and could most likely go on to a PhD if I wanted to. I am also currently looking for work in my field and am confident to find a job. The thing is, I really don't like IT. I try to convince myself that there is something I would like, but in all honesty, I am not excited about any of the jobs I'm looking at much less continuing on with more education (although that would at least allow me to explore something I may somewhat like). [more inside]
posted by deeba on Nov 26, 2013 - 13 answers

So this is research?

How can I stay focused when starting a new job and not get too despairing/frustrated? Research assistant edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm thinking of becoming a court stenographer

What good vocational careers are available with 2-3 years training? I'm trying to think of a good career switch (I have my Bachelor's in International Studies and have been in politics for 5 years) and want to do something that pays well, is steady and won't be phased out by technology. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Sep 11, 2013 - 11 answers

How to work in mental health industry?

I'm interested in working in the mental health industry. How can I start dipping my toe in the water? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Talk me out of law school

Career Change: Nurse or Lawyer [more inside]
posted by queens86 on Jun 30, 2013 - 26 answers

What strategies can I use to successfully do a job I don't like?

I need help constructing mental snowshoes that will prevent me from falling into deep drifts of work BS and frustration at a job I can't leave. [more inside]
posted by lastwomanstanding on May 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Job change didn't work - how do I go back to my old career?

I was an office manager between 2002-2008, but went back to school to become a nurse. I'm currently an RN in a large metropolitan area, but would really rather go back to a career in administration / office management. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Leaving job shortly after promotion?

I landed a big promotion. I don't think it's been a good fit. How do I develop an exit strategy? [more inside]
posted by bombastic on Apr 15, 2013 - 5 answers

What should I do when I grow up aside from be taller?

For the last 12 years, I've worked as an adjunct English professor. It's time for a change. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Apr 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Change of career: Going into the health care administration field ??

I might need to go back to work and I am thinking about a career change. I have held business analysts/planner positions in retail but while I enjoy the actual work, i don't enjoy the purpose/ field. Working retail is starting to feel a bit pointless, trying to sell more stuff to people all the time. I am interested in taking my skills to a different field. Maybe a similar job but with a different goal. Namely healthcare administration could be what I am looking for. I'd would want to work for patient advocacy groups or in the government (ie: not trying to make an extra buck to private insurance). But to do that I figure I need to understand how the private system works too. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Mar 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Fixing a Career Derail Five Years After Graduation

I was a re-entry student graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. My entry into the field got derailed and since 2008, I've been working out of the field, underemployed. How can I get back on track? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jan 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Best practices? My job laughs at these. Please help me leave.

I work in a very small IT company that makes custom business applications. The owner is way too involved in the day-to-day and pushes the sales guy to schedule us back to back to back for projects. We have no dedicated support staff so support for existing clients falls back to us (me and the one other developer) in addition to building new applications - and having all the meetings etc with clients. We are like half BA, half developer with no project manager anywhere in sight. I need to develop some skills that will allow me to get another job but no one here has the time or interest in creating requirements documents or making use cases. I barely have time to get my work done and am working more than 40 most weeks without overtime (I am salaried). I am getting burned out and need to leave. But the lack of actual SDLC/Agile/documentation stuff is really killing my attempts to transition to a straight BA position. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2013 - 9 answers

In Search of Career Inspiration

Straightforward question. I have the following ideas about what I would like out of job, but is there actually a career that can tie them all togther? [more inside]
posted by fishingforthewhale on Jan 7, 2013 - 5 answers

PSR worker looking for career change

Hi There. I am currently working in Idaho state as a PSR Worker. I do skills training in the public school system and with kids in the community. I enjoy working with children tremendously. I would do PSR forever, but it pays very little and there are no benefits (I work for a private agency) and I would like to find a career path that offers better pay, health insurance and a retirement plan. It would be a plus for a broad field. I am not disagreeable to the idea of pursuing additional education. Any suggestions for occupations with similar skills and duties that pay decently? (30K/year starting is totally acceptable) Thanks for reading this post and have a great day. [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Jan 5, 2013 - 7 answers

Ideas for getting back into a socially satisfying salaried position after years of self employment working from home.

Ideas for getting back into a socially satisfying salaried position after years of self employment working from home. [more inside]
posted by molloy on Dec 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Career vs. Comfort

I work in IT and am 32. I've recently left my job of 11 years for a 10K pay increase and to try to advance my career. I really didn't want to do it because I was comfortable and happy where I was in the old job. I'm an ISTJ (introvert) and my nature is to not make big changes in my life. I worry about not having a clear path in my life. Ive been at the new job for 2 months now and It's been up and down but i'm definitely not as happy as I was at the old job. [more inside]
posted by qxmbati on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 answers

What are some easily accessible, intellectually stimulating jobs for a mid 30s career changer?

What are some easily accessible, intellectually stimulating jobs for a mid 30s career changer? Salary is not a concern. I have a decent passive income, as well as enough savings to last at least 5 years. I don't care about money or benefits at all. I am especially interested in market opportunities. Desirable jobs that for undervalued for some reason. Eg new emerging industries, or understaffed existing industries. I would happily work for free, if the job was structured and stimulating enough. I have built up some healthy passive income streams. And in principle could work for free for quite a while. (Years). My primary concern is stimulation. I have considered just studying for fun, but that seems a bit self indulgent. I've already had my fair share I think. But would happily study a masters if required. My skill set is fairly average. Nothing special or unique. Just a good basic all rounder, quick to pick stuff up, but never going to push back any boundaries. I have undergraduate degrees in both humanities and engineering related subjects. Again, keeping it vague on purpose! I'm very grateful for your help.
posted by molloy on Nov 3, 2012 - 26 answers

After years of recession-fear blahness, I have decided it's time to take some risks. Help me chart a course!

After years of recession-fear blahness, I have decided it's time to take some risks. Help me chart a course! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2012 - 6 answers

shall i make this move?

finally got a written offer, but now i am really torn: [more inside]
posted by kingfish on Oct 7, 2012 - 23 answers

How do I re-find my calling?

Career change advice! I'm considering changing jobs over the next 2-3 years. Give me some great ideas given what I'm good at and what I know. [more inside]
posted by Riton on Oct 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Should I quit being a lawyer to become a counselor?

I'm a lawyer who's thinking about going back to school to get my masters in counseling to become a counselor. Is this a bad idea? What's it really like to be a counselor? Would I like it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2012 - 11 answers

Should I move my suburban family to Los Angeles?

Should I move my suburban family to Los Angeles? I have an interview this week for a job located in Santa Monica. A Great Job. I'm worried / concerned / freaked out about moving my comfortable family from their comfortable house and comfortable schools to expensive West Los Angeles. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 30 answers

Architect turned ... ?

“Architecture, of all the arts, is the one which acts the most slowly, but the most surely, on the soul” [more inside]
posted by oink on Jul 1, 2012 - 6 answers

What job do these skills imply to you?

[Career Change Filter] My friend is getting out of retail after 10+ years and has no idea what's next. What jobs do his strengths imply to you? [more inside]
posted by Calicatt on Jun 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Torn between adventure and stability

Graphic designer hoping to do something more (documentaries and photography) at 31 years old. I'm at a new chapter in my life but unsure how to write it: after a recent breakup, I realized I have to go after what I really want, not hope to rely on someone else to get me there. The only problem is I am now very torn between going the "expected", more stable, route and taking a risk and seeing what happens if I just do what I love. [more inside]
posted by Sa Dec on Jun 3, 2012 - 22 answers

I want to be a roughneck!!

Roughneck/oil rig filter: Im trying to pursue a career change and working on an oil rig & doing the roughneck type work is something I'm interested in. Ive been a IT Support/Network administrator/Network engineer for the past 12 years and its time for a change and time to get out of the office environment. How do i get into this line of work? I see a lot of websites promising to "Help you" get into the industry but when i look closer they look like a bunch of crap. Anyways if anyone knows please let me know. BTW...Looking for something in Tx...Ideally working xxxx number of days on xxxx number of days off because i have a family. Really any foot in the door would be ideal i just don't know how to get there,
posted by flipmiester99 on May 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Moving Up by Moving Out

I'm a non-profit development professional who enjoys my current job fundraising for a regional cultural organization (actually one of the largest, most stable non-profits in our area). Unfortunately, I can no longer afford the non-profit salary. Plese help direct me to the resources to find a place in the for-profit world. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me brainstorm career ideas

I like putting things together in optimal ways. What job can I do? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ender's Friend on Feb 14, 2012 - 17 answers

Escaping the Ivory Tower

I have a PhD in English. Enough said. No? Okay. How can I ease a transition out of academia and into the private sector, while still doing the part-time teaching thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it really possible to change careers later in life?

Is it really possible to change careers later in life? Can some older and wiser folks give me some perspective and much needed reassurance? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jan 19, 2012 - 22 answers

Interested in everything, experienced in nothing. What to choose?

Interested in many things, experienced in none. I want to change my career, but how do I figure out which way to go? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Dec 30, 2011 - 10 answers

Wanting to leave design field, what else can I do?

Career change filter: wanting to leave graphic/web design field, what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by jollyroger on Nov 14, 2011 - 8 answers

Should I have admitted to the monkey business?

Did I say the wrong thing on my application for a vocational course? [more inside]
posted by Perodicticus potto on Sep 1, 2011 - 6 answers

What's it like to be a graphic/web designer at 40+?

I've been on the graphic/web design path for the last 10 years. I am burnt out. When I look into the future of my field, it's dreary due to outsourcing and automation. It also seems like older designers are almost non-existent (except for the very accomplished, established ones) and that it's more the younger generation's game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Already changing my career!?

Interested in changing my career PT, Lawyer, Teacher? ..but what should I know before. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jun 28, 2011 - 19 answers

How do I find a new job without losing the old one?

I need to change my life/career. Help me, MetaFilter. You're my only hope... [more inside]
posted by Capt.DooDooFace on Jun 28, 2011 - 5 answers

What could I do, career-wise, to provoke the most meaningful and long lasting change?

What could I study, learn, and eventually do (for a career or otherwise) that would help the most amount of people in the most meaningful way? [more inside]
posted by makethemost on Jun 3, 2011 - 27 answers

Student loans at 40?

Is it worth it at 40yrs. old to take out student loans and go back to school full-time for 2 years? The profession I am interested in has a starting pay around 45-60K and is in the healthcare profession, so jobs are plentiful. I would be taking out about 30K in loans and of course, losing my current salary. My spouse and I both make pretty good money, we have a 4 month old child, we own a home and have 2 car notes, but no other debt. Considering these factors is it worth it to take on that amount of debt at 40 to make that kind salary? Is having a more satisfying career, being a happier person, parent and spouse (not that I am unhappy personally, just very dissatisfied with my career) worth the loss of salary and debt? Is that fair to my family?
posted by flesti on Apr 14, 2011 - 30 answers

What's a burned out librarian to do?

Help a librarian sell out! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Graciously Backing Out of an Undergraduate Research Position

What is the most gracious way for me to back out of the undergraduate research I said I would take up for the upcoming fall semester, given that I've spent two semesters working in the lab already? I don't want the people I worked with to have a bad impression of me because of the fact that I demonstrated so much interest in and commitment to their field only to quit prematurely. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2011 - 12 answers

What should she be when she grows up?

What can a 27-year old with a BFA do for a semi-stable career? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Feb 19, 2011 - 22 answers

Should I put radio to bed?

I seem to have found myself occupying the realm of professional fundraising. I don't like it although I am outstanding cultural activist according to everyone I am a great cultural activist. I want to be a journalist and work in media as a program producer. But, I enjoy fundraising and took a career leap to learn major giving a few years ago. I am finding it very difficult to get back into radio now, even though I have offered myself for lower salaries. I feel like I will be forced into politics. Is there any hope for me?
posted by parmanparman on Feb 15, 2011 - 5 answers

I am 85% certain I want to be a teacher

I've been seriously considering becoming a high school math teacher. I have some experience teaching in a classroom, and lots of experience tutoring. What I'd like to know now - before I jump into an alternative degree program - is what it's actually like being a teacher day in and day out. If I'm not going to be able to hack it, I'd rather know now. [more inside]
posted by Gori Girl on Nov 9, 2010 - 30 answers

My entire life is up in the air

I feel empty and unfulfilled in every major aspect of my life. Please help me see a way out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 21, 2010 - 12 answers

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