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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 - 14 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

Job search for dummies (or the chronically overlooked & underpaid)

Due to cuts, I've lost income and am now running in the red each month. I can handle this for just a little bit before it gets dicey. I need a new full time job but I've never been very good at job hunting or getting interviews and I've also battled a lot of depression and anxiety. (Complication - I am in what might be an emotionally abusive relationship and have to get on my feet.) [more inside]
posted by Fire on Jun 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Need a New Career

What things can I do that actually pay a living wage? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Jun 2, 2015 - 20 answers

Life is Disappointing: NYC Apt edition

Due to a series of unfortunate events I'm now homeless and lost all my savings. Looking for overall advice how to rent a room in NYC and survive. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on May 28, 2015 - 39 answers

I would like to not wear pants.

I am looking for a new job that is telecommute. That is my only reason for leaving. How do I address in interviews since "looking for a new challenge" doesn't exactly fit? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2015 - 16 answers

Career question: how to transition out of nonprofit track?

I have worked for the federal government for five years (2 on Capitol Hill and 3 in SLC) and also for a well respected local nonprofit here in Salt Lake City, UT for the past two years. I'm Associate Director and things are good. However, unless I become Exec. Director there isn't much upward mobility. Plus, I wrote another question earlier this year about avoiding burnout, which is a problem with nonprofits, long hours, small staffs, etc. What I'm saying is I can't see working in the nonprofit world long term. I don't really see myself transferring to another nonprofit in town either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2015 - 8 answers

What is it I actually do for a living?

I'm an administrator at an ISP. I'm not sure if I'm data entry or if I'm gaining transferrable skills. Inside are a list of tasks I perform on a daily/weekly basis... [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on May 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I follow up on a job interview?

Don't want to bother the recruiter, but at a loss for what to do [more inside]
posted by queens86 on May 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Help finding a career counselor or coach in San Francisco

Suggestions for career counselors specializing helping professionals with advanced degrees set off on the right path. We live in San Francisco, obviously a city with a lot of options but also a lot very bright people competing for interesting opportunities? [more inside]
posted by specialk420 on May 19, 2015 - 4 answers

I'm going to quit this job, what do I do next?

I have been working this temp job for about 3 1/2 months. It has been pretty consistently awful. [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on May 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Two roads diverged...and, like, what should I do now?

Trying to figure out the next career move. Please, total strangers, help me? *Snowflakes inside* [more inside]
posted by Toddles on May 12, 2015 - 2 answers

Boot camp for snowflakes

Transitioning out of academia, considering trying to rebrand myself as a "data scientist," wondering if a boot camp or certificate program would help. Snowstorm inside, but there's basically two issues. One: Is a program like that a good way to deal with having background and skills that don't show up on my resume? Two: Is a program like that worthwhile for someone who… let's just say "won't fit in culturally or demographically at tech industry networking events"? [more inside]
posted by nebulawindphone on May 11, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me find work in the US

Having just come back from visiting family in a few different states, I'm now beginning to feel that their suggestions for me to move closer to them might be a good idea. I'm from the UK and wouldn't move without a job, so where can I find potential employers who would take me seriously and not think I was too much of a hassle before they'd even read my resume? Are there any particular jobs boards for this type of thing? I would also consider a temporary move. [more inside]
posted by joboe on May 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I tell the truth about looking for a new job

I am content in my current role, but looking to relocate. This will require days off work to interview. Should I tell my manager what I am doing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2015 - 14 answers

How do people do their jobs?

Are there more podcasts (or books or movies) like the first season of Slate's Working? [more inside]
posted by ddbeck on May 7, 2015 - 11 answers

How Do You Work For A Canadian Company?

Are there any Mefites that have worked in the US (as a US citizen) for a Canadian company? How does it work with taxes, benefits, etc? This is going to become a very relevant issue for my wife tomorrow, and Google has not been a lot of help in finding authoritative information. [more inside]
posted by COD on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Where do I want to be in five years?

I'm in my mid-30s, and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I feel like I need a career trajectory, if not a plan, but I have no idea. How do I figure this out? What kinds of careers should I be considering? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 21, 2015 - 6 answers

How useful are the wage reports at JobBank.gc.ca?

I was poking around the wage reports for various occupations provided by the government of Canada. I was wondering how useful the figures are for someone who is, say, negotiating a salary or trying to come up with a salary range to post a position. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Apr 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Flat out lying about one's salary - that's cool, right?

Are there risks associated with giving your own salary a "bump" when other companies or recruiters ask what you make? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Apr 13, 2015 - 27 answers

How do I negotiate a salary for a new job?

I'm finally switching industries though sticking to my current role of office manager. I will almost definitely be taking a pay cut but I need to know how much I can realistically negotiate and how to do it. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Apr 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Hired to come in and organize your online/email life - is this a job?

So, there exists such a thing as professional declutterers and organizers, who'll come to your home or office and help you get your stuff together. My question: is there an analogous gig where someone exclusively helps someone else get their personal email/digital/workflow life together (no other apartment/home organizing involved)? Like, say, getting to Inbox Zero, or at least having a system for how they can handle email without feeling overwhelmed? Or helping them track their work more effectively? (Details/background inside.) [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Apr 10, 2015 - 10 answers

ISO life

A professional setback from several years ago is affecting my ability to move forward. I’ve been floundering around and drifting for years. I want to get my shit together, but I don’t know how to proceed. How do I figure out wtf I should do with my life now? [long] [more inside]
posted by atruesock on Apr 9, 2015 - 10 answers

I'm happy -- what's your problem?

I'm ending a postdoc, and accepted an academic job that I'm excited about, with the bonus that it's located in the same city as my spouse. It wasn't my first choice, but was high on my list. Sadly, my colleagues are not reacting positively -- the most common comments are "well, at least you get to move to [spouse's city]!" and "it could be worse!". I'm bewildered and hurt, since it's not a bad job in any sense. How do I react to such comments to explain that I am happy about it, and that it's a good option for me, without sounding defensive? [more inside]
posted by redlines on Apr 9, 2015 - 33 answers

I don't need luck, man, because you're the one on the Titanic.

Until an hour into my shift today, I was a salaried manager at a big-box retailer. A year into the role, with a glowing evaluation two weeks behind me and a district-wide expectation of having my own store in four years, I walked in, did my job for an hour, snapped, threw all of my company-owned property down in the office, and left. My boss apparently wants me back. [more inside]
posted by coast99 on Apr 7, 2015 - 85 answers

Tutoring Agencies- Or help me pay my NYC rent!

Hi, I'm considering taking the leap from HS teacher to PhD student but despite funding availabilty, I still need to pay my NYC rent! Do any of you lovely mefites have any tutoring agencies to recommend or other reliable/structured ways to make part-time money for an experienced Math teacher with a Psychology background? Thank you!
posted by bquarters on Apr 7, 2015 - 5 answers

How to make a career decision when I'm 32 and depressed?

I'm 32 years old and recently began suffering from depression. I'm getting help but feel stuck in my job and overwhelmed by life and indecision. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Apr 6, 2015 - 12 answers

Job hunting with a gender neutral name - how to be less awkward

I'm a recent grad and a woman with a first name that is sometimes shared by men. Although I have a linkedin profile with a photo and the name of a women's college on my resume, when applying online for jobs I occasionally get positive response emails that begin with "Dear Mr. Lastname." Should I immediately give a quick correction in my reply? (If so, polite suggestions for how to phrase this would be helpful.) Or should I just wait until we meet in person and they figure it out for themselves? Note that I'm not offended by being addressed as male, I just want to minimize embarrassment or awkwardness for anyone who might be in a position to hire me.
posted by horizons on Apr 6, 2015 - 30 answers

Low on $$, need help deciding on doing nude photography...

I've been unemployed for some time, receiving unemployment, savings dwindling. I got a seemingly lucrative offer to model for nude, specificly fetish-art modeling pics, and need help deciding whether to take it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Should I move from private sector to public sector for work/life balance

Hi MetaFilter, Putting it out for the group to help me weigh the pro's and con's of a career move. I am 44 years old, marketing professional with 10 years experience in health care marketing communication. I recently got my MBA last year and got recruited to go to another large Chicago health care system. The new job pays more and is OK but we are going through a reorg and merger and my position will change going forward. My current boss is leaving the organization and said that he is putting me forward for a better position with more responsibility going into the reorg but it is hard to trust that this will happen since that is all going to be in flux. About a month ago I applied for a federal marketing communication project manager position with the General Services Administration at the Federal Acquisition Service and this past Friday I was offered the job as a GS-13 Step One and they want my answer on Monday. [more inside]
posted by washateria on Apr 4, 2015 - 9 answers

I’m Not Sure What My Job Is

I’m looking at moving on from my current job and when creating my resume I realized that I’m not sure how to describe some of what I do. I'm wondering if some of my job involves tasks in an area that has some sort of professional type name of it’s own. On paper, I'm really not sure how to relate what I do and can do in a way that puts the best of 'me the awesome worker' forward. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on Mar 30, 2015 - 8 answers

What are jobs that a game designer can transition to?

For a few years I've been trying to build a career in the game industry, but unfortunately it's been mostly contract work. Despite glowing reviews and a seemingly stellar resume I can't find an actual FTE position. My hopes for something longer term are dimming, so I'm looking at alternates based on the skills I have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Best way to have this work schedule conversation?

I need to ask for accommodation in terms of schedule/telecommuting at my job very soon due to health issues. What’s the best way to phrase this and how do I bring it up? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Am I insane?

I am a 27 year old woman with a college degree who works in an office all day. Can I become a carpenter? Should I? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Mar 23, 2015 - 42 answers

Overseas Law Jobs

I am an attorney working for a midsize firm in the US. I am fairly happy with my job, but have always wanted to work abroad (particularly in the UK). I have no clue how desireable (if at all) US licensed attorneys are abroad or how to go about finding job openings. I found several legal recruiters based in Europe online, but the sites are a bit sketchy. I know that there are various legal exchange programs, but they are generally in non-profit fields or send you to third world countries (which is admirable, but not what I am looking for). Any thoughts, resources or insights would be greatly appreciated.
posted by frednorton on Mar 22, 2015 - 9 answers

Have you ever hired a resume writer?

I am considering hiring a resume writer. I have 10+ years of experience in a specific industry (industrial manufacturing related) and interested in branching out to different industries. I feel like I should be doing something different than the usual. Has anyone hired a resume writer ever? How was your experience with it? Any tips? My fear would be to get a canned resume that I could do better myself. Are there any personalized services out there that could really help differentiate the resume?
posted by djfreex on Mar 22, 2015 - 8 answers

Good At-Home Jobs for the Disabled

Hi, I struggle with chronic illness and disability and have one very part-time job that I split my time between attending in person and working from home. I need to bring in some more money, however, though I'm not expecting anything grand income wise. Ideally I'm looking for jobs that have enough work available that you can sign in or pick up an hour or two or three of work without the obligation of sticking to meeting a set schedule each week. It's hard because my illness is so unpredictable. Any ideas would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Goldfinch on Mar 20, 2015 - 6 answers

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