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What to do when my job title doesn't match my skill-level?

I have the title Marketing Manager, but I only have three years basic experience and have never worked in a Marketing department or under an actual Marketing Manager. My experience is limited, and now I'm finding my job options are. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by littlepeeo on Jun 25, 2016 - 10 answers

Manager question: excel formatting

I have a question on how to set standards for an ambiguous process. Part of my job involves having my directs "body-shop" powerpoint/excel charts - i.e. organizing things on the page, making tables look nice, filling in / fleshing out commentary, etc. (I'm in consulting). How can I help them do this better? [more inside]
posted by The Ted on Jun 25, 2016 - 8 answers

Non-academic career suggestions for Psychology PhD

I am considering leaving a tenure-track faculty position in Psychology in order to have a more normal life. I would be very grateful for suggestions on non-academic careers. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2016 - 28 answers

My new job is a giant over-promotion and I am horrified

One week into my new job and it has dawned on me that I have absolutely skipped many steps in my career and I am unqualified. The pros: More money! More challenge! The cons: It feels like a countdown to me being discovered as a fraud and getting fired. How do I position myself for the best outcome? (Very long, if you need a good book) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2016 - 23 answers

Job titles and opportunities for data-wrangling and analysis

I've been doing a little bit of data-wrangling at work and I've found that I enjoy it and I'm pretty good at it. What sort of jobs and training should I be researching to get out of jobs with 'admin' in the title and into more focused, longer-term work in data analysis and possibly GIS? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jun 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Should I switch to my future career now or stay in dissatisfying job?

TL;DR: Current job: The good: relaxing, fancy title, nice perks/benefits, flexibility, easy schedule The bad: boring, frustrating, mundane, not in a field I love, full of micromanagers, no room for growth, no intellectual challenge A different job: The good: a field I think I want to be in, intellectually challenging, meaningful, room for growth The bad: loss of perks/benefits, potential loss of schedule flexibility, not easy, stressful, lots of unknowns Which would you chose? [more inside]
posted by houseofleaves on May 18, 2016 - 19 answers

Magical Unicorn Carrot

So, last year I applied for an internal position for a different department... [more inside]
posted by museum of fire ants on May 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Should I Apply For Training Jobs If I Have Panic Attacks When I Train?

One of the primary roles in my last job was training. At some point I started having panic attacks when I began my training sessions, which was a cause of real distress in the moment, but also longer term as I was now worried about my ability to do my job. Now that my company has closed down, I'm looking for a new job, and I've become aware that I'm subtly discounting opportunities which involve training out of fears related to panic attacks. I really don't think I can afford to overlook these positions in the current job market, but my brain keeps imagining turning up at a new job and having a panic attack in front of a whole new group of people, and naturally things grind to a halt from there. Any thoughts, advice or previous experience would be most welcome; comprehensive history inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2016 - 3 answers

What Should I Do Next?

I'm currently an administrative assistant, but I've been at my current workplace for a while and want to move on. Problem is, I'm not sure what I want to do next. Can AskMe help me pick out some potential new jobs/career paths? My background/interests/various special snowflakes are beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Apr 23, 2016 - 8 answers

I had a great job opportunity. But I think I just blew it.

I recently cold-approached a political hero of mine for a job at a cocktail reception. After hearing my prepared spiel, the person seemed thrilled and introduced me to their chief of staff to "connect." I sent a follow-up e-mail the following day, and almost a week later I have still not heard from them. They are leaving the state in about four days -- do I nudge them now lest I lose the opportunity to reconnect in person, or do I hold off and settle for a phone call at a later date -- or in the worst-case scenario, nothing at all? [more inside]
posted by lecorbeau on Apr 12, 2016 - 16 answers

I think I may need to offer my head up for hunting...

I'm a writer and former academic with a diverse skill set. I'm looking to make a major career transition, but am unsure how to find the kinds of jobs that I believe would be professionally satisfying to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2016 - 4 answers

A short-term sure thing or a longer-term maybe?

My wife faces a career dilemma. She has an offer for a 6-month position to start immediately. At the same time she is waiting to hear back about a full-time position at another company. Seeking advice from MeFites who have been in a similar position! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Mar 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Starting a tutoring business... crazy or crazy amazing?

I am an English teacher, and have been for 13 years. My husband and I are in the process of moving to a location that is an hour away from my current school. I am well paid and moderately content there. So my options are: spend two hours a day in a car to teach; find a new teaching job (which causes me to break into hives); start my own tutoring business. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Mar 2, 2016 - 16 answers

I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

What do I do with my life?

I'm 22, I have an AA degree, and I'm currently substitute teaching and tutoring, but need a long-term, higher-paying job. I have bounced from idea to idea (schoolteacher, tutor, professor, pharmacist, accountant), but no careers seem to fit me and/or be reachable. Here is what I have tried and discovered so far: [more inside]
posted by drd on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Looking to improve IT career chances

Currently looking to find ways to break into IT careers but lack typical routes due to a series of unfortunate events. The worst part is I'm already 24 and completely broke. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Take this job and...keep it?

Should I keep my stable, reasonably paying job with decent work-life balance that I've had for ages but which also makes me kind of sad? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Feb 14, 2016 - 29 answers

Getting off the gravy train

I want to quit my stable and perfectly good job to do: nothing. Am I an idiot? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Feb 10, 2016 - 45 answers

"Should I take this job" filter- replete with ethics & other snowflakes

After almost a year of unemployment, during which I have been living with my parents (and going crazy in the process) I am about to get a job offer from a company whose ethics don't quite align with mine. The job would pay me extremely well, and would allow me to be independent and save money to work toward my future career goals. Help me decide if it's worth the cost. Bonus: help me negotiate my salary. More inside... [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Feb 9, 2016 - 27 answers

Disheartened and frustrated by job search.

I always feel like I keep hitting a brick wall after searching for jobs. Can I get some tips? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Feb 8, 2016 - 11 answers

Nonprofit nirvana ... or not

Phone screen with a social justice-oriented nonprofit next week... yay! I have never actually worked for a nonprofit full-time and it's been years since I've interned for one. I would welcome ideas on aspects to run toward/away from. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Should I become a counselor?

I think I need a new career: my current one is going nowhere, and I'm incredibly unhappy. It occurred to me that I might have a better life, if I were to become a counselor of some sort. Am I right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 14 answers

I want to make maps or solve mapping problems – what career is this?

I love knowing and finding where places are. Where is the capital city of Tajikistan? Where do the most car accidents in Miami occur? Where is there the most pollution in Rio de Janeiro? Where are there untapped oil reserves? Where are the largest ergs? Where is an earthquake most likely to occur? What I have wanted to do for a long time is either make maps or solve issues that require finding a location. What I don't know is how to get into a career doing this. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 1, 2016 - 11 answers

I have a dream, I just don't know how to follow it

I know what I want to do with my career, but I haven't been able to make it happen yet. I'm sick of working at jobs I hate with some vague notion that it will somehow lead to me doing what I want to do. Help me figure out how to actually follow my dream. A bit of a tale below. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 16, 2015 - 4 answers

How accurate is H1B salary data?

I don't really trust the salary data on sites like Glassdoor or even from BLS (which contains really vague information). How accurate is the H1B site for getting some transparency into a given organizations salary data? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

What Career Might Be A Good Fit For Me?

After taking a myriad of online personality and career quizzes, I am turning to you all for some ideas because being a miner and roofing bolter aren't really what I want to do. So, given my likes, dislikes, personality quirks, and talents, do you have any suggestions on what career/job might be a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Nov 20, 2015 - 9 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

How to reflect on my resume that my job was unexpectedly "agile?"

I've officially had 2 job titles at my workplace of almost 7 years, but much of my day-to-day has been handling special projects and the stuff that no one else knows how to do. I'm having some trouble cramming all my duties underneath those job titles without my resume feeling clunky and bloated. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Oct 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me become a good manager.

I'm looking for bullshit-free, low-cost resources or training programs that I can use to become a more effective manager. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Oct 4, 2015 - 18 answers

Confused about giving up my job that I know (almost) inside out.

Been working at the same not-for-profit for 4 years and I feel that I'm 'in with the bricks', get on with my colleagues and am the 'go to person' in the organisation. However, I've ALWAYS been unsure about the ethics of my boss regarding such things as favouritism, making rules up as she goes along, finance etc. I've now been offered another job as an Executive Assistant for local council - more money, better holidays etc BUT I'm scared. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 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

Are there career counselor that can help me downgrade my job?

Are there career counselors that can help me transition out of a white collar IT job to perhaps a blue-ish collar or non-corporate job? [more inside]
posted by Tubesox on Sep 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Should I quit my job?

I’ve had my current job for 9 months. At first, I thought it was my dream job, but now I dread going in every day. I just got a new job offer and I need help sorting out my thoughts and deciding what to do. [more inside]
posted by stockpuppet on Sep 10, 2015 - 17 answers

New job is going well, but I want to do better.

I started a new job a few weeks ago. I am back in an office setting after my last job of almost five years entailed working from home. Things are going well, but I could use some extra guidance in re-adjusting to office life and finding my place. Snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Got a generous job offer but am having trouble deciding

I'm a recent college grad about to start a master's in computer science. I'm in a very fortunate position in that I've been interning at a national lab in New Mexico this summer and have been offered a fellowship that would cover my tuition, pay me a stipend while in school, and give me a full time job after graduation. But I'm not sure that this is what I want for my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Big Fish, Small Pond: Job Title Edition

My job title is scaring off potential employers and I'm not sure what to do about it. Anywhere else the role I hold would be a executive level position that commands twice the salary I make (which is mid-level), but in my company I'm really more the equivalent a junior or senior contributor (plus some extras). How do I position my well-earned "executive" role so that hiring managers stop nixing me for junior-level positions because they think I'm expensive and/or overqualified? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Sep 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me fix my broken my job hunt

I am stuck in a constant cycle of deep underemployment. I live a life of sheer financial terror and bitter dissapointment. I can't continue like this. [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Aug 30, 2015 - 13 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

Escape from Project Management

I find myself being recruited for (and sometimes taking) healthcare IT project management jobs, and it turns out I hate them all. Specifically, I hate being held accountable for everything but having zero authority to actually do, fix, or decide anything. How do I break out of this project management career trap? [more inside]
posted by Maarika on Aug 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me figure out what I want to do with the rest of my life.

After almost 30 years I think I need to get out of IT and corporate cube life. I want to work with my hands. At the end of the day I want to be able to point to something tangible and say “I did that!” I want to… do something. I don’t know what that is. Help me figure out what it is I want to do. Help me brainstorm. [more inside]
posted by Tubesox on Aug 24, 2015 - 29 answers

Is my plan to change careers feasible? If not, how can I improve it?

Objective: Career change to technical writing. Obstacles: My current demanding job. Needing to relocate to place that actually has technical writing jobs. **Please help me determine the feasibility of my plan to relocate and change my career. Details inside.** [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Aug 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me build a future!

I'm in a caring profession which is being cut and slashed repeatedly by government financial cuts here in the UK. I'm tired of having a precarious life where I'm not sure where I'll be living and what I'll be doing from one month to the next. Being in the process of transitioning male-to-female, I'm looking to build a little more stability into my life, so that I can plan a real future for myself rather than just surviving on a short-term basis. Help me build a future! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Aug 10, 2015 - 4 answers

what do I do now

I was blindsided by a termination from my job last week. In some respects it was a relief because my manager was extremely unpleasant and working around her mood swings was spiraling me into major depression and other health issues. However, I am now stuck with a 7 month job on my employment record (which obviously looks suspect), a litany of the aforementioned health issues, and no idea how to actually recover from this. I need help. Wall of text below (sorry). [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Aug 7, 2015 - 19 answers

Career rechanneling advice for a Canadian law-talking guy

I'm a lawyer in Ontario, and I'm considering a career change, but I'm trying to find a realistic career option that both works with my skillset and which satisfies at least some of what I want from work at this point. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2015 - 5 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

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 - 14 answers

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