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An odd job situation

To put it simply: how can I get hired into a job that I'm way overqualified for? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Sep 3, 2014 - 22 answers

Want to become a therapist at 32 with no psychology degree.

I'm 32, in NYC, no psych degree, and I'm burned out on my current job path. How do I break into a career as a therapist or counselor? [more inside]
posted by ktpetals on Sep 1, 2014 - 8 answers

The eternal curse of the career changer

Hiring managers of MeFi: say you're looking at the resume or cover letter of a candidate who is a mid-life (or later) career changer. They are attempting to come into your field with much professional experience in a totally unrelated career, but little-to-no professional, paying experience in your field. Are there things about them that would make you run screaming? Things that would make you go "hmmmm...maybe..."? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Still don't know what I want to be when I grow up ... at 39

Trying to figure out how to begin a career change at 39, when I don’t even know what I want to do next. Feeling really adrift and stuck right now – how do I start making a move? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Jul 24, 2014 - 20 answers

How to figure out and pursue a more lucrative career past age 30?

I have realized that my career path is not going to offer the compensation or growth potential I would like. I need to pivot. How can I identify an more lucrative career path and the steps necessary both to train and to break into said path? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Careers for Physics Graduates

A couple of years ago, I graduated from [famous university] with a decent bachelors in physics. Since then, I've been working in a job which I'm going to be slightly opaque about, but I'm basically a ‘radiation physicist’ who gets paid by the government. I'm finding lots of aspects of this job unsatisfying and I'm looking for a career change. What are good avenues to explore for physics graduates? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 8 answers

How do I pivot careers?

I went to university for Architecture. I've been in the field for 8 years, never got my license, and I really don't see my future in it. I'd like to switch to computer science / programming. Is this realistic? How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Llamadog-dad on Jun 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Getting associate's after a BA?

Does it make sense to get an associate's degree after already finishing my bachelor's? [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Mar 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Where can I volunteer at an archive in NYC? (I have no experience.)

I'm starting to explore a career change and I want to figure out whether I'd enjoy being an archivist. I'm 40, but I don't have any experience in archiving, so first I want to find out whether I'd like it. I live in Manhattan and have a regular 9-5 day job. I currently work as an editor at a legal publishing company and I'm a former lawyer. I enjoy American political and social history. I also like the arts (especially old movies and theater). I'm interested in working with historical documents and/or digital archives. I understand that not every volunteer experience might include access to those; I'm just trying to give a sense of my interests. I also wouldn't mind talking to a working archivist to get a sense of what the work is like.
posted by Tin Man on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Tell me about nonprofit marketing

Do any Mefites work in nonprofit marketing? Can you tell me a little about what it's like and how to get started in it? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Dec 17, 2013 - 9 answers

I'm a grown-up, but I still don't know what I want to be...

Having spent the last year+ underemployed, I need a new direction. I've got a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a dormant PE license, and a dead-end resume. I'm currently "working" for profits from an unprofitable mechanic shop doing brakes, radiators, and whatnot. It seems like all the engineering job listings require deep, specific experience--so I'm not qualified-- or are entry-level and I'm overqualified. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Dec 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Online career change tools, free or paid for?

I'm seeking a major mid-life career change in the mid term (1 - 3 years) and I'd like to find several online career advice or career change tools that might help me by providing feedback, ideas and and inspiration, because I'm after something entirely new. Questionnaires, that sort of thing, rather than pages of the usual advice. This will supplement my own brainstorming, networking, asking trusted friends etc. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 answers

I need to figure out how to figure out what I want to do in life.

Executive summary: I'm approaching 40 and feel pretty burned out on my current line of work. But I'm not sure what new lines I should look into. I'd like to hear about resources or techniques that people found useful for figuring this stuff out in similar positions. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me pick a path in the software industry

I'm changing careers into the software industry and I am having difficulty choosing a path – lots of different roles look REALLY appealing. If you are working or hiring in the industry, can you advise me on a good route? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

I was a math professor, now I'm a cattle rancher

The Scenario: You were moving along in Industry A, when you switched to Industry B, something totally different. Why did you make the switch, and how? Or - Do you know of any specific stories where this has happened that you can relate? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Jun 9, 2013 - 13 answers

When I come home from work, I no longer want work to come home with me.

I'm in my late 30's and I need a new career, one whose responsibilities focus on the things I am better at while avoiding the things I'm awful at that make me grit my teeth. I'm a bright person, with better than average people skills, innate tech savvy, and terrific problem solving abilities. I am plain-spoken and genuine and I have endless reserves of positivity that put people at ease. But I sink like a stone when asked to tackle long term projects that require planning, organization, and longer-term time management. I'm not amitious and I'm not competitive. I've fought so long to improve at my jobs by addressing these shortcomings, but now I'm wondering if I couldn't just find a job where these skills were less important to begin with. What kind of fields could I be looking into? Additional snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What kind of jobs involve a lot of writing?

I like putting words together, whether they're short stories or research and reports. What kind of job would allow me to do more of that? [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Jun 2, 2013 - 15 answers

For the love of God, please help me make up my mind

I need to change careers. But I can't make up my mind about which one to go into, and it's driving me nuts. Please help me understand why I can't make up my mind, or what I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Career Coaching recommendations please! (especially in LA)

I'm looking for a professional careers coach in LA to give me advice about changing careers (especially ones who are good at talking with MBA grads who don't necessarily want a typical MBA-type job). The variety of coaches available out there is a bit confusing and some of them are expensive - can anyone personally recommend one? And what criteria should I be judging them on anyway? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 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

Applying for nursing school and just a bit lost

I may be able to apply for nursing school as early as this fall. Yay! Can you help me come up with some resources to help guide me through the application process and assess the merits of different programs? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

When you got everything, you got everything to lose.

I'm 23, and I've had an objectively great programming job for six months. Part of me wants to quit and become a barista or something. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 57 answers

Love writing but...

I've always had communications-related jobs, but they never seem to be the right fit. I'm a great writer (although I have a love/hate relationship with writing), but I also helping enjoy helping people and interacting with people, etc., and writing is a pretty solitary job. (Well, PR isn't, but that's one area I want to stay away from, as well as fundraising). Have any other writer-types who are like me found a solution? (Oh, and I don't want to take on grad-school loans right now.)
posted by trillian on Dec 14, 2012 - 15 answers

My umpteenth career-change question

Instructional design: I have some questions about career prospects, the nature of the work, and whether it would be a good fit for me. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Dec 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

What's the skinny?

What is it like to work as a Buyer or generally within Purchasing/Procurement? [more inside]
posted by rossenterprises76 on Oct 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Where do I go now, career-wise?

How does one transition out of a career in advertising (non-creative part)? What am I qualified to do? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Sep 12, 2012 - 5 answers

Career change options for editors

Can you help me determine a new career path and the steps I need to take to get there? Currently in editorial/publishing and considering communications, education, and maybe information architecture. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 11, 2012 - 3 answers

How to become a civil liberties crusader

Public interest law transition-filter: I am a lawyer in a private-sector transactional practice. I would like to be a public interest lawyer doing litigation or policy in national security, civil liberties, surveillance or drug liberalization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I explain an 18-month career change I don't think I want to make after all?

I changed careers but the company and position haven't worked out and I don't think I've progressed enough to really progress in the field. How do I switch back, and should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2012 - 1 answer

A CV with no context?

I am looking at moving my career into a field where many of the skills and much of my experience will be useful, but the context entirely different. How does one frame a CV and other correspondence such that the fact that the skills and experience were acquired in a different industry is de-emphasised? [more inside]
posted by deadwax on Jul 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Another 20-something stuck in a rut

I'm an underemployed 20-something stuck in a rut. Input needed, special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by constellations on Jun 22, 2012 - 7 answers

From grad student to ... marketing-type-guy?

[Asking for a colleague filter] Marketing people, how do I jump from academia into your world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Too bad money isn't confetti, or I'd throw it at school.

Pay less for online classes or more for sitting in a classroom? Get clicky for career-switching details... [more inside]
posted by mild deer on Apr 12, 2012 - 10 answers

careerFilter: ... Another fallen engineer! How do I begin to choose a new career / field completely different from what I do now?

How do I begin to choose a new career / field completely different from what I do now? I'd like to do is go back to university and get a masters in a new field. I've thought of several options (i.e. materials engineer, public policy, law) but I don't know how to choose and by looking around the internet they all seem like they could be interesting but how do i know i'd like it for the next 30yrs?? On top of spending at least 2yrs of my life back in school studying, I don't want to end up hating it like my current career. [more inside]
posted by pytar gucchy on Apr 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist.

Talk me into becoming a speech pathologist (Work-to-Live version) [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Feb 27, 2012 - 10 answers

Great Escapes: Examples Thereof

I'm looking for examples (biographies, documentaries, blogs...any format, really) about people who made the decision to completely change the direction of their lives, particularly folks who went from a typical "day job/corporate career" into something less mainstream. [more inside]
posted by xingcat on Feb 21, 2012 - 13 answers

Burnt to a crisp!

Juggling burnout at work with searching for a new career: any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jan 24, 2012 - 6 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

What are you going to do with that?

What are some non-academic, non-science careers in which a PhD is a particularly desirable, even necessary, credential? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Dec 13, 2011 - 27 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

What can I do with my professional life?

CareerSwitchFilter: I'm a miserable lawyer, with a bunch of hobbies and skills, but no other kind of professional experience. What career(s)/job(s) should I consider switching to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 23 answers

Where do IT people go to die?

Where do IT people go to work when they don’t want to do IT anymore, or even work in a corporate environment? In which jobs and/or careers would IT experience be valuable? [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Apr 19, 2011 - 24 answers

TEFL in Lithuania?

Advice on teaching English in Lithuania? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Apr 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Packing Up My MLS and Moving On?

Help me! I'm a librarian who loves her job, but needs to move on. But where to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2011 - 4 answers

Training for a new career in IT

I'm ready for a career change and I've always wanted to work in IT. What would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2010 - 12 answers

How to get letters of recommendation for a grad program in a totally different field?

How do you get letters of recommendation for a grad school program totally different from your undergraduate discipline? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Sep 23, 2010 - 6 answers

Other career options for a public librarian?

My public library system is preparing for massive layoffs; how can I transfer my librarian skillset -- research, customer service, computers -- into a new career? [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on May 24, 2010 - 12 answers

Changing careers within the company?

I work at a large company, in a department I like but am not passionate about.  There are other departments in this company that do things I'm much more interested in, but I have no experience and no contacts in those areas.  How can I make the move? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2010 - 6 answers

How do I get off journalism's sinking ship?

Get me out of journalism. Please. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2010 - 11 answers

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