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I can quit my miserable job — but should I?

I started a new job a little over a year ago. After starting I realized the job (and company culture) was not for me, but it is very "prestigious," I liked my coworkers and found it tolerable, at least, so decided to stay. After a series of management shakeups and horrendous treatment of my department, all of my coworkers have left... leaving only me. I can quit, but should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 24, 2015 - 38 answers

Starting late and slow as a self-taught programmer

As someone who's supposedly passionate about programming, I've read a lot of profiles, interviews, and forum threads about people's self-propelled programming careers. I invariably hear one of two stories: 'I started at 12 on an Apple II/Commodore 64' or 'I started learning from nothing two years ago and now I'm a paid junior developer!'. I fit neither of these stories. Do I still have a snowball's chance, or should I give up the ghost? [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Apr 8, 2015 - 19 answers

I'm unhappy with my career at 32, but I'm lost on where I go from here.

I'm 32, and have been in my current career field for about ten years. I'm frustrated with my current job and I feel like I've lost all enthusiasm for my broader career, but I have no idea what I can change to or what I'm really qualified for. [more inside]
posted by googie on Apr 7, 2015 - 19 answers

another question about choosing a job

I need to make a choice between 3 part-time jobs (choosing one or possibly two) by...tomorrow. How do I choose and how do I best quit the one(s) I choose to? (will be kind of long) [more inside]
posted by bearette on Mar 22, 2015 - 11 answers

What job/field should my partner search for?

My partner wants to get a new job and would like advice for what kind of jobs / industries / job titles to look for. We are in southwest michigan right now, but my partner wants to build skills they could take elsewhere in the country in a few years. After graduating college with an English degree, my partner got a job through a temp agency, and is ready to move on. But neither of us are knowledgeable about what jobs they might be qualified for. Hopes and dreams inside [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Recent social-science graduate looking for job guidance

I'm a recent graduate with experience in the non-profit and graphic/web design fields looking to find sustainable, permanent work that matches my skills and experience before continuing my education. [more inside]
posted by Elephanzee on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Bad at parties

Looking for recommendations to be more sociable with a focus on networking and career advancement. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Mar 14, 2015 - 20 answers

What next for a biochemistry / physiology PhD?

I'm a couple years off finishing a PhD that's been about half biochemistry and half electrophysiology at a top-ranked Australian university. The academic career path is definitely open to me - I've got a decent number of publications, heaps of teaching experience, blah blah blah - but I'm unsure that it's what I want to pursue. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Mar 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me make a living out of making life better for others

Whilst I am still very much in employment and financial crisis, I think I may well have had an epiphany of sorts: That I would like to eventually, or better yet ASAP, build a career in which I help, one way or another, make the world a better place. Elucidate me? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

What can I learn on Udemy that would pretty much guarantee me a job?

I was looking at some of the Udemy courses and several popped out that are meant to prepare you to pass certain certification requirements. For example, there is a CCNA Security course for Cisco systems which can prepare one to receive accreditation. What are some courses and opportunities on Udemy and similar websites for individuals looking to break into new professions where the barrier to entry is largely passing basic certifications and exams? [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Feb 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Expand my thinking! Or, just give me a tiny bit of hope.

I am unemployed with no college degree, and an employment history in retail management/horticulture. I'm trying desperately to do something - anything - that will: 1) hire me and 2) pay me a living wage. I am depressed and defeated. Please help me think of things I haven't realized are possible, when I haven't even had a temp agency sign me up. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Feb 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Best jobs for people who don't like applying to jobs?

Help my wife decide a practical career path moving forward that will a) make it comparatively simple/non-competitive to look for a job; b) not require much more than a 40 hour work week; c) not involve staring at tables of numbers all day long; d) provide benefits and pay as respectably as possible. Many more snowflakey details within... [more inside]
posted by rock'em sock'em puppets on Feb 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Convince me not to quit my do-nothing job?

Question/request up front: Will someone please confirm for me that I'm being a wuss, and quitting my job immediately would be a bad idea? Minor weird twist and circumstance-turns ahead. (New hire, boss ditched me, don't like the job, do generally nothing.) [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Feb 2, 2015 - 12 answers

Should I tell my soon-to-be employer that my dad is on hospice?

I'm due to start a new job in five weeks. Since I accepted, my dad has been admitted to home hospice. Should I tell me new employer? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 22, 2015 - 215 answers

Job path for a bioengineering PhD?

I need a job/career. I have a PhD in bioengineering. I spent that time analyzing brain data in Matlab. Then I got an intense programming job in Manhattan. I lasted for 10 months: It was so aversive that I worked too slowly and finally had to resign. What do you do? Do you like it? What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Retail manager monkey wants out but needs money.

I am a high-level store manager for a retail chain which, in general, does good for the world. Up until now, that's been enough to satisfy my need to do something meaningful with my life while also making decent money. It's just not cutting it anymore. Help me figure out something that will. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

What is my next career step and how do I get there?

I’ve spent a couple of years in my current position doing entry-level nonprofit program coordination. It turns out it's not my ideal career field, so I am in search of a new and different challenge. What kinds of positions might I qualify for that would offer me interesting and stable work and help me progress in my career? What can I do to make myself a good candidate? If you do something that I might really enjoy, can you tell me more about your career path? [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Dec 16, 2014 - 3 answers

How to explain why I want a position without seeming self-serving?

I have an interview for a position that could possibly be a big career-starter for me - however, it does not exactly align with my desired focus. How can I answer the inevitable questions about why I want this position? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Dec 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Leave my job, or stick around until September?

For Reasons, I've got to come to a decision regarding my current job. It's to do with housing, and my two choice are: leave pretty much immediately after Christmas, or commit to living in the area (and therefore the job) until September (with no option to leave before then)? It's a well-paid job with a few big drawbacks - so snowflakes are inside! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Dec 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Best Career Advice for High Schoolers EVER?

I'm teaching a career explorations class for high schoolers at my therapeutic high school, age ranges 14 to 21. All my students have diagnosed emotional or behavioral disabilities and my course is 12 weeks long. My big question: As an adult, what career advice do you wish you had been given? Advice that would have opened your eyes and given you a great feeling about the world of work? What did the adults in your life not say about work, but you wish they had? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Dec 6, 2014 - 51 answers

Should I give myself a bad review at work?

I want to be honest in my year end self assessment at work. How harshly should I critique my performance over the past year? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Dec 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Any chance of matching my US federal employee salary in Toronto?

My husband's been offered a position in Toronto that would advance his career somewhat, but the effect on my career is a Huge Unknown. [more inside]
posted by Jaqi on Nov 29, 2014 - 18 answers

What am I, and where should I go?

I write documents and flowcharts, create training programs, conduct training sessions, oversee employee development, manage the intranet, maintain shared documentation, conduct process analysis, administrate process improvement, and do some project management on the side. Now it's time to move on and I'm sitting staring blankly at indeed.com, not quite sure what jobs to search for; knowledge management, technical communicator, training, process improvement? Is there a job which encapsulates these all? Or am I barking up the wrong tree - maybe these skills are pre-requisites for a position I haven't yet considered? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Nov 25, 2014 - 6 answers

Jobs For Introverted But Friendly One-On-One Types? Help!

I'm looking for a career change. I am a very focused, caring introvert, part creative and part analytical. But I'm really poor in an office environment. I hate meetings with more than 3-4 people and it's very stressful for me. I like people but I just feel that I thrive more in a one-on-one or small group setting. I work in online advertising for my company right now, and while I don't hate it and it sort of fits my personality type, the money isn't that great and I don't see myself as the "climb the corporate ladder" type. I am trying to find a career outside of the corporate office world where I may not sit at a desk all day and then have large meetings. I was looking into physical therapy assistant, massage therapist, maybe an allied health profession, or something else that is more one-on-one in nature. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by selma52 on Nov 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Journalist changing careers.

I have, for the past several years, worked as a journalist in a fairly niche area. I do not want to do this anymore - but I do want to put my skills to good use, and make a decent living. How do I do this? What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 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

Being your own boss

You work for yourself. How did you get there? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Husband laid off after 8 years. What now?

My husband was just laid off. He'll have about six months of severance ahead of him. He's 32 years old and has been in the same job for 8 years. Given his qualifications, what do you recommend we look for in terms of new jobs? Kansas City area but interested in moving, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by agress on Oct 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Jobs for space aliens

I am wondering if there are any particular jobs or career fields out there that are more forgiving of the weaknesses of the inattentive ADHDer. Or magical hacks to make a normal office job not suck like an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2014 - 6 answers

How to look for a job efficiently in the internet age?

The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Oct 6, 2014 - 15 answers

How do find a job or career where compassion, sensitivity are assets?

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Early Morning Job Ideas?

Trying to revive my entrepreneurial spirit with a dose of early morning action and some financial security. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Discouraged with my job prospects-- how to stop feeling worthless?

I graduated recently with a BA in English, and was set on academia so naturally I pursued a masters. Around the time of submitting my thesis I started work in an entry-level admin type role, which I have been at for the past year. My thesis was recently passed, and I'll graduate this autumn. [more inside]
posted by sociology on Sep 5, 2014 - 16 answers

How do you let go of work-related bitterness after moving on?

I'm planning to change jobs soon to get away from a toxic workplace situation. I'm really bitter and angry over how things have gone down here. How do I let go of this so that it doesn't poison my next position? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Sep 4, 2014 - 17 answers

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

Is it worth leaving one job for another for the same pay?

I'm employed now but have been job-searching for a few months. I've finally found a company that I'd like to work for. The disappointing part is, the final offer they've made is for a lower salary than I'd wanted; after crunching the numbers, I would be earning the same as what I earn at my current job, with no title change. Is it a good idea to move to a new employer for equivalent pay, if the only discernable difference between the two is that the new job seems more interesting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Difficult Job Interview Questions

How do I answer, "What is your greatest failure" in a job interview? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Aug 26, 2014 - 16 answers

Not Even Sure Where to Start

I need a new job but I'm not sure where to even start looking. I don't feel like I'm qualified to do much of anything but what I'm doing now but I am BURNT OUT! So what's a 20 something with a sorta-liberal arts degree who hasn't done much but hang out with kids all day supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by missriss89 on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I change my job and my country of residence?

I am facing a huge question that I don't know how to navigate and don't feel like I can talk to anyone about. The short story is that I have a precarious-feeling academic job in the Midwestern U.S. and applied for a job in an English-speaking country in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, I found out that I am on the short list for the job. And now I'm just not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2014 - 16 answers

Change your mind on a job offer?

I was recently given a great job offer (about two months ago). I declined for a variety of reasons, but I am realizing that I may have made a mistake. [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Jul 31, 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

Software skills for aspiring technical writer

How do I know I’ve taught myself enough technical writing software (number of programs and my abilities therein) for potential employers to take me seriously? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jul 23, 2014 - 6 answers

Math Careers

Non-obvious careers for someone with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 22, 2014 - 21 answers

Time for another round of name that career!

I was wondering if any Mefites might currently work in, or know someone who works in, a career that meets the following qualifications: 1. Involves a ton of writing. Any type of writing. Even if one spends most of one's time crafting emails, that would be sufficient. 2. Is relatively easy to get into with only a bachelor's degree in a possibly unrelated subject. 3. Is generally not discriminatory based on age (in other words, someone who is in their late 40s/early 50s would not be seen as teetering on the edge of their grave). [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jul 22, 2014 - 12 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

I've realized that my line of work conflicts with deeply held values

However I have few other options other than to continue on in the marketing industry. [more inside]
posted by Cybria on Jul 10, 2014 - 16 answers

Ready for career change. Nanny to ......

With 13+ years experience working in the field of child care, I am ready for a career change. Most recently (the last 5 years), I have been working as a nanny in a major American city. Previously, I've been a camp counselor, Au-Pair, and tutor, etc. I'm looking to parler this skill set into something outside of 'household help'. [more inside]
posted by kmeryl on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Good Job, Hit the Ceiling Quickly, Looking for Advice on the Next Steps

Looking for advice. I have a great job, great quality of life, but no career potential whatsoever. I want to move jobs and stay in my industry but have been told alternately: too expensive, not qualified or way-too-experienced-for-entry-level. Snowflake details (and tl:dr) inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2014 - 1 answer

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