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Technology certifications that would lend some street cred

Are there any short certifications that would help someone a non-technical person signal that they have some knowledge of how technologies work? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 2, 2015 - 10 answers

22 year old in need of career/schooling advice :)

I am a 22 year old female and live in the US. Currently I'm looking for career and school advice. Making decisions is so hard for me though because I tend to overthink and be doubtful of myself. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I make the best of an interview for a job I don't think I want?

I have an interview coming up for a job that I think might actually be a step backward, careerwise. What are some diplomatic ways I can ask if this job would have opportunities for advancement? Do you have any other suggestions for ways to use this interview as practice for future ones? Thanks!
posted by Argyle Road on Aug 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me know what I don't know...career advice edition

What do I need to ask/know before accepting a job at an online company? See inside for more details. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jul 30, 2015 - 4 answers

What is the most useful email in the world?

A while ago I came across a webpage where the author provided a short, one-line email to use in business situations where you are being ignored or not receiving a timely response. For the life of me I can't recall the exact wording of the message, nor the webpage. Ring any bells?
posted by sociology on Jul 27, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I be a yoga instructor or massage therapist or..?

I've been giving some thought to becoming certified to teach yoga, or to be a massage therapist, or to be a physical therapy assistant. I'm not sure which one makes the most sense, given my inclinations and limitations. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I switch jobs?

I just got a job offer but am in a pretty good place now. I'm trying to decide whether I should take it. Part of that decision is also deciding if I should move to Colorado from Boston. [more inside]
posted by neematoad on Jul 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Is it possible to become a specialist without working inside?

Is it possible to transition to becoming a technical specialist without going to work for someone else? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 24, 2015 - 0 answers

Escaping the Ivory Tower -- as a middle-aged, tenured professor

Is it even remotely possible for me, a middle-aged, tenured professor in the humanities with a child to support, to leave academia? If so, how do I do it? Way more details follow below. [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on Jul 22, 2015 - 28 answers

Difficulty in landing a higher-education position in New Jersey

So, we're thinking of moving to New Jersey to be closer to family - my partner's mother is older and my family is aging and splintered. Sigh. Although we like our current city, we believe Jersey may be our best option. Shake the snowglobe, 'cause there's snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by singmespanishtechno on Jul 22, 2015 - 11 answers

Well, this is awkward...

A week after interviewing with a company - a vendor in my industry - they are now partnering with my company as we will be using their product. The man I interviewed with is even on email threads and possible phone meetings with me. What's the most professional way to handle? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Nuclear Engineering Resume Review

A family member of mine has asked me to help them with their resume, and frankly it's a mess. It's also in a field that I know very little about (engineering). Where can I go to find recent sample resumes and/or best practices for folks in this field so I can help my relative fix their application up? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jul 19, 2015 - 13 answers

Career Advice Filter: what am I?

I've given out the odd bit of career advice here, but now I find myself in my own bored, unhappy rut. Jobhunting throws up hundreds of results because I am a jack-of-all-trades, but all I can muster for all the options is total apathy. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015 - 4 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

How to approach supervisor about moving from 1.00 FTE to 0.75 FTE?

Another department recently offered me a 0.25 FTE position, and I'm sort of nervous about approaching my current boss about asking if my current department would support/allow this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 2 answers

What's the life for me?

I've never been a career-person and have done many different things from college to now. Is it realistic to keep jumping? Is there an ideal job for me that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

From perm to...temp?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to quit my permanent job in order to temp, given my circumstances. Also, any information about what it's like to temp in 2015 would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 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

Question for nurses

For all new experienced nurses- I am in my second week in hospital for clinical rotations .i am going for my BSN. I feel I want to cry- so much I need to learn, so little I know. [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak on Jul 7, 2015 - 8 answers

I Want Less Money and No Power!

I was a software developer for the first 10 years of my career (1998-2008) before going into management. I'm now an executive at a Fortune 500 company with a high-stress job overseeing 250+ engineers layered within four levels of management under me. It's a great job - I'm incredibly lucky to have it - but I need help planning my exit. I want to be a software developer again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Becoming a Physical Therapist

I'm exploring the idea of becoming a physical therapist. What is it like? What are some of the possible career paths out there? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Jul 6, 2015 - 9 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 - 14 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

Studying web development: are my goals reasonable?

I've been studying web development in addition to working full-time, and I'm finding it a pretty tough slog. I'm starting to wonder if my long-term goals are reasonable, and am hoping for a reality check. [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jun 21, 2015 - 10 answers

science and art are pretty much the same thing in my eyes

Career-advise me! Fellow mefites who enjoy both the humanities and the sciences: which did you pick for your career, and why? Or: were you able to somehow combine the two? Bonus points if you have experience with the medical field. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Jun 19, 2015 - 8 answers

Where should I be working?

I'm currently working at an Australian government department, but I don't see my long term future in the job I'm in, and I am not convinced that another job in the same, or even a different department, would suit me any better. So, what are some good uses for the following set of skills / experience? [more inside]
posted by EatMyHat on Jun 18, 2015 - 6 answers

Providing Second Hand Negative Feedback

I'm the mentor/"manager" for a guy early in his career in my company. I've gotten routine feedback that his attitude/demeanor isn't really a culture fit, but other than that, he's a pretty good employee. We'd like to see him "shaped" into someone who is better fit. How do we proceed? Is this in the realm of possibility? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jun 17, 2015 - 15 answers

Oh, DON'T go to law school??

I’m starting to panic about going to law school. I have no idea what else I would do. If you’re a lawyer who regrets going to law school, what do you wish you had done instead? What other careers would be a good fit for someone with a background in law, but no JD? [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Jun 17, 2015 - 42 answers

Landing somewhere between programming and therapy?

What are some careers in the sweet spots between people and technology? What is your day-to-day life like, if you work in a capacity that blends these two? I know a bit about UX research and I've taught computer classes, but I'm looking for some more specific guidance. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Jun 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What's an official title for a Jack-of-All-Trades?

I've been a Technology Department Administrator for the last 2.5 years for a Tech company. However, what I do is more than just administrative. My duties include Accounting/Finance, Technical Support, Legal/Vendor Relations, Event Management, Recruiting, Facilities and Administrative. My boss asked me to come up with a new title that encompasses everything I do, so that I have an appropriate title and be compensated accordingly. I wrote up my Job Description (below). Any ideas what my title should be? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood90028 on Jun 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Career questions: how to fix a part of the world?

I want to work on projects that will change the world for the better. I think I know what kind of work I want to do. I'm not sure how to get there. Thoughts/ideas? [more inside]
posted by suedehead on Jun 15, 2015 - 10 answers

can females really have it all?

I'm 24 and about to embark on a lot of schooling for a career that I'm passionate about. The loans from said schooling will take me 10+ years to pay back, but my job security will be pretty much guaranteed and I'll have the flexibility to live where I want (i.e., somewhere with low cost of living). However, I'm certain that I want to have children and that I'll want to spend a lot of time with them. Is it silly to pursue a serious career? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 13, 2015 - 36 answers

Reluctance to stay in academia: is this burnout or a sign?

I'm in the last stretch of my PhD in the UK, with a month left before I submit my thesis. I also have a full-time job as a lecturer. I enjoy and am energised by teaching but am increasingly reluctant to focus on research. Part of this is probably exhaustion from the PhD, and I know I shouldn't make any decisions now, but part of it feels like genuine dislike of the work and skepticism of its value. What do I need to consider, post-submission, in evaluating my future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2015 - 8 answers

MFA programs (visual art) ~ What should I expect?

I'm having trouble getting anyone to give me an overview of what an MFA program will be looking for in a student, how applications will work, or the types of programs and what those distinctions mean. [more inside]
posted by defymynd on Jun 11, 2015 - 4 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

Yet another quitting PhD thread, Neuroscience & developmental Biology

Considering quitting PhD but not sure on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by zaxour on Jun 11, 2015 - 7 answers

New Job - Salary increase worth it?

I just got a job offer at a great company. Total compensation is 20% higher. Is this position worth it despite snowflakey details inside? [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Jun 5, 2015 - 25 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

15 years later, I STILL want to be a Graphic Designer

I started Graphic Design in community college back in 1999 and never finished because reasons. (I did complete year one.) I am still very much into this field, but am worried it's too late... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Jun 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Do I want to interrupt an engineering career to do patent law?

I’m trying to determine if it’s worth it to plan a career change from engineering to patent law, with a lengthy, difficult, expensive stop through law school first. Have you done this? Do you have special insight? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Jun 3, 2015 - 17 answers

Moving from Private Sector to Nonprofit in my 40s

I have some good ideas about how but how about where? I'm almost 47, I have deep experience in operations engineering and development operations, as well as a very diverse collection of soft and nonprimary tech skills. I want to move from private industry to nonprofit. And I would love your help targeting my job search. [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Jun 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Inspiration for the struggling artist

I'm interested in reading inspiring stories/biographies about struggling artists who overcome obstacles to create their art. What do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on May 29, 2015 - 8 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

How to turn 2 out-of-date Master degrees into a job?

I have a MLS from 1993. I have a MS Education in Counseling from 2000. I do not have my license to practice counseling, and it is probably far too late to get it. I never used my MLS either. (My undergrad is in Religious Studies.) [more inside]
posted by bluespark25 on May 22, 2015 - 6 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

What to do next?

What are some alternative career paths for a person with experience in early childhood education? [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on May 18, 2015 - 8 answers

How can I make money now that I (will) have a college degree?

Worked full time in assorted office jobs since 2004 while going to community college. In 2012, I started a (part-time) degree at University of Pennsylvania and in Fall 2015 (maybe Spring 2016) I will graduate with a psychology bachelor's degree. I have about 20K in debt and make less than 40k per year in a job that is not really a career. How can I transition to a career where I make at least 50k per year, preferably more? Many more details inside. [more inside]
posted by ancient star on May 16, 2015 - 9 answers

What are airlines looking for when hiring for customer service?

How do I get hired by an airline to work in customer service? I want to know what level of education and experience I need, what their ideal applicant looks like, and any pros and cons of the job. [more inside]
posted by madmartigan3454 on May 12, 2015 - 4 answers

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