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Movin' to the Country... but Eating Peaches isn't a job. What do you do?

Brainstorming assistance please! If you live in a small town (or work remotely), what do you do? What skills are best for keeping oneself reasonably employed outside of a big city? We're likely moving to my husbands small home town in the next couple years, and if I'm going to reskill I should probably start soon. Lots of cafes and bookstores, but I'm a terrible waitress and need to make more than a retail clerk. Have been tracking job ads for the area, but thought Metafilter might have some outside-the-box suggestions. Thanks!
posted by jrobin276 on Apr 19, 2015 - 13 answers

And I'm (Not) Proud To Be An American...

I have this weird hang up about my nationality that I feel is impeding my social progress in a new country. Any and all advice about how to get past this would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lana0112 on Apr 14, 2015 - 29 answers

Short corporate workshop ideas

Our team hosts a monthly forum get-together for team members at a similar stage of development. I'm hosting the next one (which is more informal), and I'm at a loss about what I should do. What are some 60 minute-ish corporate workshoppy things with general skills you have done that were actually useful? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Apr 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Consultant Transitioning Out of Gypsy Mode, Please Help!

Being project based is awesome! Volunteering is fun! Traveling is exciting! But it's been 3 years since I've had any kind of stability in my life. I want a home base, and a steady job with a good salary. I just don't know how to get there from here. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by ananci on Apr 8, 2015 - 4 answers

Grad school - last chance to make friends, but how?

I finally start my grad school program this coming week. I attended the new student orientation last week and most of the people seem like cool and interesting people. But how does one go about making friends in grad school? + Special Snowflake details [more inside]
posted by lana0112 on Apr 3, 2015 - 17 answers

Good online free or cheap courses in project management and Excel?

I recently started a new job as a Project Manager for an educational travel company and would like to beef up my Excel and project management skills. I was previously managing academic research studies. While a lot of that experience is relevant, my new responsibilities are more in line with those of a formally trained/certified Project Manager and so I’d like to do some self-study outside of work. Any recommendations out there for good online coursework? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Mar 29, 2015 - 3 answers

How to switch fields to web development/coding?

I'm thinking about switching fields into web development in the near to mid future, but have a few questions about skills and code portfolios. I'd also like any general advice you all have on how to do this as someone with basic programming skills, but no specific knowledge of web development. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Social skills workplan

I've read books about improving social skills and it hasn't really helped. What I really want is some workplan that's broken down into tasks for each week to help me improve. Mostly I'm looking at seeming interesting enough that people would want to spend time with me. [more inside]
posted by ninjablob on Jan 27, 2015 - 26 answers

When I grow up I want to be: an Instructional Designer

I'm currently in pursuit of a Master's in Instructional Design, but what software should I learn to use alongside the theory? [more inside]
posted by thefang on Jan 15, 2015 - 13 answers

What if I just don't fit in with people?

I have the sneaking suspicion that I was born in the wrong place (or planet), and I want to come to terms with the loneliness that sometimes creeps in. Please help? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by The Shonky Shop on Dec 28, 2014 - 14 answers

I'm good at certain things. What cool stuff can I do with these skills?

These skills come intuitively to me: organizing things (email, shelves, boxes, etc.), spatial perception (navigation, fitting things into other things, rough estimations of length, etc.), and paying attention to detail. What cool things can I do with some or all of these skills? [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Dec 26, 2014 - 14 answers

Let Me Gladly Google That For You

How can I get paid to be a human Google + Wikipedia + Snopes? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 18, 2014 - 19 answers

How do I overcome my cognitive biases to figure out what I'm good at?

The infrequently mentioned counterpoint to the Dunning-Kruger effect is that people who are better than average at something underestimate their skills. Self-evaluation is hard. I know that I personally have a hefty dose of impostor syndrome and distorted thinking to add to that cognitive bias, but how do I adjust for this? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Can an engineer escape from a black hole?

I have an engineering degree and seven years of experience working as a mechanical engineer in a niche industry. I was laid off over a year ago, and I still can't find a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

I want to do all the art! But I don't know how to...

I'm a junior in college about to leave school and transfer to a nursing school. What's the best way I can currently get trained in art (a comprehensive education) before I go to nursing school? Or during. I'm willing to do either a full or part time program. I'd really prefer not to take a bunch of random classes somewhere. New York City (tri-state) area and East Coast suggestions are greatly appreciated! Details inside. [more inside]
posted by starlybri on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Marketable Skills - quickly!

I'm a woman in my early 40s with no real marketable skills that make me stand out in job hunting. I currently have a job in Montreal, but I'm originally from Toronto and for various reasons, I'm planning on moving back. I'd like to learn some skill(s) in the next 6 months or so (planning on moving July 1) that will hopefully make a significant increase in the likelihood that I can find a job quickly once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 8 answers

How to get a job writing for a TV show

what's the trajectory of someone who wants to eventually write for a comedy/drama or even a kid's show? Is there an entry-level equivalent for that kind of thing? What skills are necessary besides screenwriting experience?
posted by ennuisperminute on Oct 20, 2014 - 10 answers

friend is late to plans 95% of the time

How to handle issues regarding a friend who is typically late to nearly all our plans? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Oct 19, 2014 - 46 answers

Manager, rebrand thyself.

I've been unemployed for about six months now and I'm looking to get back into the workforce with any position that pays a wage that I and my wife can afford to live from. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Useful Skills for Expanding My Freelance Horizons

I'm an experienced freelancer and have both work experience and no trouble getting work (knock on wood) in freelance writing, PR, marketing, and that sort of thing. So what's something I can pick up that has a lot of freelance work floating around? [more inside]
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 26, 2014 - 3 answers

Do I know where I'm going to?

How can I plot the next steps of my career, given where I am now? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Jun 7, 2014 - 1 answer

How can I teach someone on the Asperger's Spectrum Social Skills?

How can I teach an adult on the Asperger's/Autism Spectrum social skills specifically tailored to the office environment? [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on May 19, 2014 - 18 answers

Where do I learn SQL Basics?

I am starting a new job in about a month and need to brush up\learn SQL so that I can "hit the ground running" It's a testing role, so QA focused sites would be ideal. I used SQL everyday, but manipulating queries others have written. I think I need now how to write my own.
posted by MarvinJ on May 19, 2014 - 15 answers

IT positions that don't rely on working with people

I've been bombing in interviews for IT Help Desk, or Desktop Support positions, and whenever I've called back the interviewer, the most common answer they give is "poor communication skills". Is there any entry point into the field that wouldn't rely so much on working with people? Would it make more sense to work as QA tester, and then try to transition to something in systems or database administration?
posted by omredux on May 5, 2014 - 13 answers

What Am I Good For? Hopefully Absolutely Something

So I did an aptitude test way back when, and the results were thus: *is good at short-term transactions, interactions, is creative and possesses superior verbal skills.*. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 16, 2014 - 18 answers

Concrete steps from academic economics into data science/management

I would like a job that allows me to write programs or scripts for data processing/analysis. I am trying to understand what a move from academic economics to data-science/management would involve for me in terms of specific steps and goals. What would I need to learn, and what should I prioritise learning? Should I study at home or take a course? When (i.e. after how much or what sort of study/self-study etc) should one think about actually applying for those sorts of jobs? [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Apr 4, 2014 - 7 answers

I want to move my career in a different direction.

I graduated with an M.A. in English and through luck, contracting, and family connections, came to work in nuclear power. My administrative role has changed to field work. I prefer office work, especially writing reports etc. My area in nuclear is very specialized, and due to downsizing in the industry, I feel a real need to get familiar with my prospects for other jobs and diversify my skills. However, I have no idea how to begin, research being one of my weak points. Long explanation + details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Apr 3, 2014 - 7 answers

I need a montage

I'm looking for fairy tales, myths, and similarly imaginative stories where the heroine or hero triumphs because of their perseverance or dedication to developing a skill, not because of an inherent personal characteristic or being "the chosen one." [more inside]
posted by fast ein Maedchen on Feb 25, 2014 - 38 answers

Temping in Toronto

Tell me about temp agencies in Toronto. What are the best ones, how do they work, and how can I tailor my pretty specific skills to a more general employment audience? [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Feb 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Colour-blind to study aids?

Do you study similarly to me? What else works for you? [more inside]
posted by Chorus on Feb 6, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I increase income to pay student loan debt?

I have $85k in student loan debt, and need to increase my income so I can pay it off. I need a bigger spoon to eat this elephant. Fishing for ideas. [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Dec 22, 2013 - 13 answers

My friend doesn't want to be an admin assistant anymore

One of my good friends has been an administrative assistant for the past few years and is getting depressed and burnt out. What types of jobs can he get with his skills? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

How do you cope with an utterly draining person who you can't avoid?

For various reasons, I'm in currently in a domestic situation with a family member who is really, really draining. This person has quite a few traits that seem narcissistic/borderline/non-respectful of boundaries. [more inside]
posted by SpecialSpaghettiBowl on Dec 6, 2013 - 13 answers

flipped out!

How do I get better at not ignoring all the positive emotional work I've done when suddenly being triggered in a high-stress low-functioning situation? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 20, 2013 - 6 answers

Being assertive bothers me

Trying to practice being assertive, and it is backfiring. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by raintree on Oct 11, 2013 - 13 answers

Career Development Suggestions for making sense of and displaying data

I currently work for a growing company doing various social media marketing for small businesses. I have been finding that I receive a lot of satisfaction doing activities related to what I learned in library school. I enjoy collecting, organizing, and providing data and information for our internal staff and making things approachable. One weakness I see is that we are especially data rich and insight poor with social media. I would like to know if there are any recommended programs for data mining or statistical analysis? [more inside]
posted by andendau on Sep 8, 2013 - 6 answers

I think I've got the basics down; how can I improve my bicycle skills?

I'm new to bike riding as an adult; I'm riding to work but would like to improve in the areas of balance, stamina, and pace. [more inside]
posted by stellaluna on Aug 15, 2013 - 23 answers

Downtime Learning?

To what productive use can I put the (soon to increase) downtime hours at my job? Learning something would be great, other suggestions welcome. Complications: no internet, limited space, no phone access and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Hobo on Jul 25, 2013 - 19 answers

Sure, I know the operating systems...which means what, exactly?

I'm currently filling out a profile on elance.com for web development jobs and am being asked to indicate which skills I possess. Some of the choices include MacOSX and Windows. I've also seen people list these on resumes(used to work in HR) in the same section where they list proficiency in MS Word, or even in a separate section for operating systems, for pretty much every kind of job, not just tech-related. [more inside]
posted by fromageball on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

Friend who makes other uncomfortable: to mention it or no?

I have a friend who often says embarrassing things she's not aware are embarrassing. I've said nothing. Should I? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on May 12, 2013 - 45 answers

Last Night I Dreamt I Had a Marketable Skill

I hate my job and originally only took it as a stop-gap until I found what I really loved. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what else I'm suited to do. I've been a copy editor, a social worker, and a paralegal. What on earth do I do with these skills? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on May 10, 2013 - 22 answers

What should I look for in a Public Relations/Communications program?

I'm thinking of enrolling for Fall 2013, and I'm interested in a practical, skills based (as opposed to academic) program. What courses are absolutely essential nowadays? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on May 6, 2013 - 7 answers

I am a technical writer! ...for Glee.

Does the stigma against fandom also count against whatever marketable experience you gain from it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me navigate the modern job search

I'm actively looking for a job for the first time in awhile, and whenever I sit down to write a cover letter and update my resume it's like my job application skills stopped developing in 1985 (nevermind that I wasn't old enough to apply for jobs then). I know that customs and expectations for resumes and cover letters have changed, not least because so much is done via email rather than hard copy, but I don't know how to adapt the stale job-seeking skills I learned from people who learned them 25 years ago to the modern job search. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 7, 2013 - 10 answers

What can I do in my free time which could lead to a job?

What qualifications (certifications, skills, volunteer experiences, etc.) can I realistically pick up, for free, without actually being employed in the field which they would qualify me for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Mad skillz

I want suggestions for new skills to learn. What are the best and/or most practical skills that you have acquired in life? What did you find was worth really taking the time to master? I am equally interested in short and long term skill sets.
posted by corn_bread on Dec 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Penn Jillette without the politics

I can juggle three balls, walk on stilts, and eat fire. What are some good books/resources on learning more? [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Sep 17, 2012 - 12 answers

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours?

Teachers - is your school technology as locked down as ours? [more inside]
posted by CaptainCaseous on Sep 15, 2012 - 11 answers

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race?

What are some activities (athletic or otherwise) that resemble the satisfying experience of training for a race? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Make me a master of (free) time!

How do I make the best use of my free time? [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Sep 10, 2012 - 12 answers

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