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Good Online Career Counseling

Since graduating college, I've wandered from job to job. I taught kindergarteners English in China, then I got an EMT certification and worked on and led Americrops chainsaw crews, and now I'm in the Peace Corps, at a health center in Rwanda. When I'm done, I think I'll be ready to go back to school (if necessary) and move towards something that could be a more permanent career, but I don't know what that would be. I'd like to talk over that decision with someone qualified, online. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Oct 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Dealing w/ being an Average Jane engaged to a brilliant genius?

So I screwed up undergrad, pretty much eliminating the possibility of an academic career for myself, and got engaged to a guy who is in the most academic of careers. I'm envious and embarrassed about my lack of career path compared to his glittering academic future, and my current job is really not long-term sustainable. Hopeless, miserable, and alternating between feeling bitterly envious and then tortured by guilt for being such an unfair jerk, I'm being a bad partner, and I really don't know how to navigate all this. [more inside]
posted by bugperson on Oct 2, 2015 - 58 answers

Publishing industry burnout. Where do I go from here?

I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Difficulty level: self-employment for the past decade, entrepreneur, 40something female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Declining a Work Event

How do I decline attending this fancy work event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

Trying to find a book about Germans after WWII

A psychologist I know told me vaguely about a course/book she took where the teacher said something about how many of the descendants of Germans who fled WWII had service or help kind of professions, like therapists, social workers, academics, etc. I don't know if this is true or not, but I would like to find the book she was talking about. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Sep 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Thought about in a certain way, I just did something incredibly stupid

All things to suggest or remember after quitting your job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Wanna buy a $20,000 car or a $20 lamp?

Which job would be better for someone who would like to keep their sanity: working as a car salesperson or working at a retail chain store? [more inside]
posted by pea_shoot on Sep 14, 2015 - 24 answers

Where to find lawyers for our fellowship?

You are a criminal defense lawyer in the English- or French-speaking world looking for fellowship opportunities abroad. Is there a specific website or mailing list where you'd be likely to look? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Sep 14, 2015 - 8 answers

What professions started out female-dominated, were taken over by men?

I'm looking for more examples of professions like programming that started out as "women's jobs" but were later taken over by men, when they realized the work had potential to be prestigious. Mothers cooking for their families vs mostly male pro chefs is another one, though probably harder to place historically. I'm sure there are more examples. Do you know any, with sources if possible?
posted by jklaiho on Sep 11, 2015 - 29 answers

Should I Barback?

In my desperate quest for gainful employment, this is an option I am pondering... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Sep 8, 2015 - 11 answers

how to combine Gmail accounts?

I have an Gmail account with an unprofessional-sounding handle—think Schnookums2318@gmail.com. I've been using this for far too long. Firstname.lastname@gmail isn't available, but firstname.middlename.lastname@gmail.com is, and so I took that one. How can I merge the two accounts, or otherwise transition from Schnookums to FirstMiddleLast with a minimum of trouble? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Sep 3, 2015 - 13 answers

A full-time job + part-time job that is 40 miles away = burnout???

I currently work for a mental health insurance company as an administrative assistant for the past 10 months. I have unfortunately found out that working in a cubicle for 8 hours a day is not optimal for me. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Sep 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Representing a failure on a CV/resume in a good light.

I recently dropped out / failed to complete a 2 year social science Masters program after I was unable to complete my dissertation for a whole variety of reasons I won't go into here. How do I represent this time on my CV in a way that is both honest of what I did and did not achieve, but not off putting to employers or just a big unanswered gap. (I am seeking employment in a field that is not particularly related to the subject of the course)
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory on Aug 30, 2015 - 11 answers

Mid-Life Career Change

Seeking advice on how a 43-year-old man can change careers. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Speech/Language Pathologist--Prereqs and Coursework

Hi All, The previous qs about SLP careers and career change stuff are very helpful. I have some specific qs. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Aug 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Getting on the radar of recruiters

I'm working with my former boss to help her find a new, high-level appointment at an international institution or corporation. She has too much experience, and is too well-known in her field, to be making applications through job postings. How do I help her get the attention of a recruiter who will do all the legwork? [more inside]
posted by Tenzing_Norgay on Aug 28, 2015 - 6 answers

red flag green flag system for work?

This is so hard to google and sort of time sensitive - I read something once about starting the process of finding what you love to do, and it involved going about your work day and noting all the different tasks you do, then marking them with "green flag" or "red flag" etc., according to how much you like or hate that particular aspect of the job. There was more to it, and maybe it was a book? I'd really appreciate it if you know what this was. I might have found it on Metafilter.
posted by peep on Aug 25, 2015 - 4 answers

Have I ruined my chances at a career?

Stuck in a rut for several years post-college, unsure about what I'm interested in. All that fun stuff. [more inside]
posted by robin89 on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 answers

How did your tech career survive the dot-com bubble?

Did your software career survive the first dot-com bubble? What did you learn, what would you do today, and how did you weather the collapse? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Aug 23, 2015 - 18 answers

“Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.”

Freud said “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” So I want to add variety and depth to my working life, irrespective of financial gain. [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Aug 21, 2015 - 2 answers

How long does the federal hiring process take?

I'm going to be receiving my master's degree(hopefully) this coming January. I recently saw a job that I think I would be a great fit for on usajobs.com, but I'm not sure if it is worth it to apply if I won't really be able to start until Jan. Anyone have experience of a similar situation or know how long the hiring process usually takes?
posted by aleatorictelevision on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I discuss my web history in front-end web developer interviews?

I'm a new grad of an online coding school, and I'm preparing for job interviews in front-end web development in Portland, OR. My hobbyist web work experience dates back to the mid-1990s, and I'd like to discuss this work in interviews, but the subject matter may be problematic. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Aug 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Interview for a private chef position - what should I wear?

I need some help selecting an outfit for an interview which will be in the potential clients apartment. [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Aug 11, 2015 - 7 answers

Tell me about your dramatic career change

Have you ever made - or tried to make - a dramatic career change? Please tell me all about it, including what you did do, didn't do, or wish you'd done differently. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Aug 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I try to do a computer programming bootcamp?

I'm 41, recently downsized from a legal publishing job, possibly looking for a career change into something involving news websites. Would a coding bootcamp be helpful? Am I too old? Are these programs worthwhile and reputable? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Tin Man on Aug 7, 2015 - 18 answers

Jump ship or hold the course

I've been with the same Organization "Alpha" for five years and have been growing more and more dissatisfied. I'm on parental leave now and they have promised me a better position to return to than the one I left. Meanwhile, the boss of Organization "Beta" called me personally and offered me a job there. Both jobs have pros and cons and I can't decide which is the way to go. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Aug 3, 2015 - 10 answers

How to write a "thanks but no thanks" email in a tense situation

A long time family friend has offered to put in a good word for me at his place of employment. Sweet! The problem: he and my mom were dating. More complications after the fold. [more inside]
posted by rollingdoughnut on Jul 29, 2015 - 27 answers

Doing the networking dance

A few weeks ago i ran into an acquaintance and mentioned that I was looking for a new job. She said that she knew the CEO of a company that she thought I would be a good fit for, and gave me his and the company's name, along with permission to mention that I got his info from her. What do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

Working with a technical recruiter

I'm considering working with a recruiting firm to find a new job. Is this a good idea? How do I do this to make it work to my benefit the best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2015 - 7 answers

My parents are very perplexed by all this

Tell me about your transition from white collar to blue collar work. Bonus points if you're a woman or in a trade union. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2015 - 18 answers

What jobs* involve sorting lots of junk and determining its value?

*not including thrift stores. I have very strong feelings about the horrific amount of trash generated by a consumer society with a fixation on cheapness and disposability. I would love to work with an organization that had sustainability high on it's list of priorities. Here there be snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by contemporarySlob on Jul 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Software Dev Career in SF Bay without a Bachelors in CS, I'm Floundering

What can I do better to get a paid internship or an Entry level Position with limited work experience, a Psych Degree and an Associates in Systems Programming? [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Jul 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Applying for an internal job: use home contact info or work contact info

This feels like a super-dumb question but Google isn't giving a clear answer. My resume has always had my full personal contact info on it. For an internal application (municipal government job, management level) should I change it to all my work contact info? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 9, 2015 - 3 answers

Name that super-specialized job title for the engineer-turned-marketer

Severalish months ago I read an article that described a new kind of professional: the engineer-turned-marketer. This new breed excels as a marketer or growth hacker because s/he is also part data scientist / software engineer / systems architect / etc. and can use this background to thrive in environments that call for technical expertise. The author used a trendy word or portmanteau to describe the job title. [more inside]
posted by doctordrey on Jul 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Please help me ID a non-legal career for competitive talkers!

Other than law, do you know of a career field that affords both: (1) opportunities for public speaking, and (2) up-or-down, win-or-lose competition? Thank you for donating your time to a worthy effort--helping to boost me out of my deeply unhappy career. [more inside]
posted by ennui_on_me on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Can't concentrate at work at all.

I've been going from day job to day job for the past few years. There's always a point where I start to lose focus and my work suffers. Is this a sign that I should leave? Or is something wrong with me? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jun 29, 2015 - 4 answers

When my experience and my credential don't quite match up

I am applying for jobs where they want X years of experience with Y credential. I have the X years of experience and I have the Y credential, but not the 'with' part. How do I finesse this in my cover letters? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 24, 2015 - 4 answers

List these pseudo-courses on my resume - next to my fancy real degrees?

Looking to get up-and-out of my current private-sector scientist position, I've been rewriting my resume to target more senior science jobs with more of a management or strategic character to them. Obviously I've been playing up every relevant aspect of my experience on my submissions, but what I don't have is an MBA. Some of my competitors for these jobs probably do - in addition to their science PhD. I've sort-of taken a few business courses* over the years, though. Better than nothing? Should I list them on my resume? How to word it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Tech jobs and cubicles go together like peanut butter and antifreeze.

Am I being unreasonable if I state having my own office as a requirement during my job search, and if so, has anyone successfully made the transition from having an office to working in an open area with interruptions and noise? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Jun 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Art Teacher looking for MS/HS job, only getting elementary offers

Teachers, this post is for you. I’d like to hear from anyone out there who has taken a job at a school that's not their target age group as a first-year teacher, with plans to search for a job at a different school for the following year. I’m especially interested in hearing from K-12 teachers (specialists like art and music) who started at an elementary school, with the ultimate goal of finding work at the secondary level. Of course, I’m grateful for advice from anyone with insight on this situation! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I network without coming across as a giant jerk/opportunist?

A few of my former colleagues would be very good people to network with. The only problem is that there a few of them I haven't spoken to in years (as in, more than ten years in one case). Is there a way to get in touch with people via a networking email that won't make me seem like a stalker or a blatant opportunist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2015 - 14 answers

The Etiquette of Networking

Teach me how to make the most of this opportunity to network, while avoiding specific pitfalls like drooling on myself or saying dumb nervous things. Difficulty level: I don't currently work in the field, so people are going to be less interested in networking with me than I am with them (unless they are actively seeking a mentee, or open to it). [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Jun 11, 2015 - 6 answers

CS junior, needs recommendations for career path, companies to apply to

I'm about to be a junior in computer science (CS) at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. I'm passionate about programming, but I am also interested in numerous other subfields of technology. I don't like having to rush (at anything -- this post was edited and rewritten many times); I prefer polish, good design, and careful work, where everything is intentionally and thoughtfully crafted. Where should I apply for internships and look for careers? [more inside]
posted by vixsomnis on Jun 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Salary negotiation: what should I ask for?

I'm hopefully about to get a job offer from a Big Tech Company in Silicon Valley. I currently live in the Midwest, where the cost of living is very very low. Can you help me figure out what salary range I should aim for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2015 - 15 answers

What to do with my not-so-great performance review

I had a not-so-great performance review. There are some snowflake details. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Technical or Professional certifications a non-IT professional

Are there any technical or professional certificates that a non-IT professional could obtain that would be appealing to future employers? I'm in my mid-30s and all of my work experience has involved non-technical office work. I'm currently a manager (like, actual manager, not an office manager) of one of the branch offices of a small company and oversee a small staff, but I'm looking for a change of scenery. Other than an MBA, are there any certifications (whether professional or technical) that a beginner can obtain that would be attractive to potential employers? If it matters, I currently make in the mid $50s and would like my next job to pay the same or more. I know, I know... Thanks in advance!
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 3 answers

Job interview: first cut

I’m scheduled for a phone interview with HR's recruiter. If it goes well, I’ll be invited in to talk with the hiring manager and others. What are the most likely questions I’ll face in this initial HR interview?
posted by LonnieK on Jun 4, 2015 - 8 answers

State Jobs in the Culture/Tourism Sector

I'm thinking about next stage career ideas, and have been curious, for a while, about working for US state agencies that deal with the arts, culture, heritage, humanities, and tourism. Can you help me surface some resources on the web about such jobs, offices/agencies that offer them, and pathways into them? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Temp/freelance jobs for programmers/web developers who can't design

I want to make money with my web development/programming skills, but my main thing is standup comedy so I do NOT want a 'real', full-time job. I also have zero design skills. What should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

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