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Promoted

I recently accepted a promotion. Awesome. The problem is, my old boss has subsequently put a moratorium on people leaving my current department for 3 months. We are desperately short on resources, so I am sympathetic to his predicament, but at the same time, I am very bothered by a few things: 1) Since I accepted the offer, he has piled more work on my plate that he expects me to finish regardless of how long it takes. This would include projects that spill over the 3 month moratorium. 2) I spoke to him about applying for this new position before he announced this policy and he never mentioned a thing. He always mentioned we would do a 'transition plan', which if you read point 1, doesn't sound like any type of transition plan. He announced this policy 1 day after I was extended an offer. 3) The promotion is a $15k jump in compensation. I will be seeing none of that for 3 months because of this policy. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on May 19, 2014 - 38 answers

I make $25/hour and keep thinking I could do better. Can I do better?

I'm a 35 yo woman who is, IMO, very smart and capable - but I have a very insubstantial work history. What kind of options would I have if I wanted to prioritize earning more? [more inside]
posted by lgyre on Mar 12, 2014 - 26 answers

How do I live a life of peace, beauty and serenity, sustainably?

I've been having quite a reflective period in my life of late, with some changes coming up, and one of the things I've come to realise is that I'm not happy with my current work-heavy lifestyle. I want to optimise my life for happiness, peace, community rather than work and money. How do I do that, sustainably? I am open to all sorts of options. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Mar 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Give a kind bit of advice to a young lady adrift in the sea of life.

My brain is swirling with options and I just need kind advice. I have no shoulder on which I may settle my weight for a moment's rest. I beg your listening ear!Should I sit tight and save or make a move to take pressure off my vehicle? It needs to last me a few years.... How can I escape the white trash wastes I have been condemned to? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Dec 26, 2013 - 34 answers

How on earth do you earn this much money?

This story about an IBM sales executive earning AUD $295,000 with a bonus of up to $1 million after allegedly earning $9 million in revenue for the firm, has made me really curious. In my industry, salaries top out around the low six figures. What does a job like this look like? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Dec 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Is this investing in my future or is this a stupid decision?

I've been offered to be hired where I have been a contractor. However, there is a health insurance issue that would cost me a lot of money for several months. But I would have a great retirement plan. I have nothing in savings and $100k I just consolidated in student loans, so this issue is just complicating things. [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Dec 15, 2013 - 14 answers

Career advice/resources for autistic adults: go!

Recently I have had to come to terms with the fact that 1) I am somewhere on the autistic spectrum and 2) I am working in a field that is not ever going to be very accommodating for me. Advice and pointers needed; secret spices, more info and toy inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 4, 2013 - 14 answers

Professional jobs that require night or shift work?

My parents have always worked night shifts as a nurse at a geriatric support centre, and as a mail sorter for the post office. They make enough money. They've made their schedules work for them, and also raised 4 kids while doing so. Because of their shift work, they do get a lot of time off-- maybe working double shifts sometimes, or three 12-hour shifts in a row, but then they get 3 days off. They also tend to know their schedules a month ahead of time. I do not work well in a 9-5 M-F schedule, so I'd like to know what are other similar jobs to this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2013 - 29 answers

Help me get my shit together work-wise

This is a work question, but probably is more psychological than practical. I’m 32 years old, currently unemployed. That’s no big deal given the economy. What is a big deal is that despite my “best” efforts, I’ve been in and out of work or dissatisfied for my whole working life. [more inside]
posted by UncleCaveMan on Sep 12, 2013 - 20 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

Tell me why do you want to leave your job after only a month?

On paper it looks like I want to leave my job one month after I started. Due to the relationship between the last two companies I have worked for I've essentially worked for the same company for ten years. How best to explain that on a resume and in an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Time to get a new job.

I'm trying to find a new job so I can start actually saving some money and move into my own place. I'm a college grad with a linguistics degree living in northern NJ. For the past three years, I've been living with family, paying a small amount of rent each month, living a paycheck-to-paycheck existence and working a job I don't particularly enjoy. I'm done with this, but I don't know where to begin. I know there are a lot of posts such as this one on here, but I'd like to try to find answers particular to my situation. [more inside]
posted by zchyrs on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Any opinions on graduate schools of banking?

Is attending a graduate school of banking worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jun 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Buying a car right before buying a house

How much of a bad idea is buying a car a month or so before buying a house? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Feb 18, 2013 - 21 answers

Yet another financial advice question

I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

What should I do with my career

I have a pretty successful career but still feel like a fraud. I would like to change that, NOW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Career vs. Comfort

I work in IT and am 32. I've recently left my job of 11 years for a 10K pay increase and to try to advance my career. I really didn't want to do it because I was comfortable and happy where I was in the old job. I'm an ISTJ (introvert) and my nature is to not make big changes in my life. I worry about not having a clear path in my life. Ive been at the new job for 2 months now and It's been up and down but i'm definitely not as happy as I was at the old job. [more inside]
posted by qxmbati on Dec 2, 2012 - 20 answers

Can I quit my job?

Should I quit my job? Much more inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 4, 2012 - 18 answers

You mean *I* get a say in salary talk? Wha?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter and in the last month have been through several interviews, the last taking place today. Now, the recruiter's called to ask if I am ready to take the next step and has asked about my salary expectations. What? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2012 - 15 answers

I don't fit in to the speedy culture.

What are careers that value perfectionism and meticulousness over speed? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Aug 29, 2012 - 24 answers

What is a good career for someone who doesn't want one?

I don't care about having a career. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Gorilla456 on Aug 12, 2012 - 34 answers

Help me fly by the seat of my financial pants.

Too many golden handcuffs. How do I get comfortable ridding myself of them? [more inside]
posted by dynamiiiite on Jul 7, 2012 - 24 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

How do you turn your business into a company?

Do you have to know how to cook to own a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by azn_hunnie on Jun 13, 2012 - 26 answers

Invest in my education or in some other investment?

Windfall of $50k! Invest in myself and get a biz degree or save it all for a rainy day? [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Jun 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along...

Verbally accepted a job offer, but now a dream offer has come along... What should I do? [more inside]
posted by tda101 on Apr 24, 2012 - 24 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

30 something seeking career advice

Help a thirty-something year old find his way (back) in his career [more inside]
posted by vincentv on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Looking to move out of IT...help me find the way!

Tell Me About Your Lateral Move out of IT... Mid-40's IT guy, realizes these 'golden handcuffs' are chaffing a bit, looking for career change into something else. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2012 - 11 answers

Does 'Miranda and Steve' really ever work?

Hey Succesful-ish Career Ladies! Have you ever dated a man who is much less successful/ambitious/well-remunerated or otherwise is in a much lower tax bracket than you? Can you tell me how you made it successful, or why it never will be? [more inside]
posted by Kololo on Dec 27, 2011 - 51 answers

All who wander are not lost. I hope.

I'm a depressed not-incredibly-recent college grad with less than a year's experience under my belt and I'm still clueless. More snowflake-y annoying first world problems inside. [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Jul 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Leaving a good salary for an MBA

Leaving a $120k salary behind. Am I really insane? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 56 answers

Taking a dayjob versus singularly pursuing your dream career

Is it better to prepare for a stable and tolerable day job that allows you to pursue your true passion in your time off, or to singularly dedicate yourself to that passion? I'm a college sophomore who is currently wrestling with this question. [more inside]
posted by Wanderboy on Mar 15, 2011 - 46 answers

I'm over 30 and lost...what am I doing wrong?

I'm 33 years old. I obtained my BA in English from a respected college in 2001. Since then I have worked in nonprofits, retail, education, and in an administrative capacity. I have never made more than 32,000 a year. Currently I make 12/hour in NYC metro area as a temp, doing data entry. All of my previous jobs lead to nothing...the one promising job fell apart because I was suffering from major depression at the time and I quit so that I could be hospitalized. [more inside]
posted by urania on Feb 3, 2011 - 27 answers

How do I get out of my career(less) rut?

How do I get out of my career(less) rut? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2011 - 5 answers

I don't have a lot of money, but I do have a lot of love and time

I'm 29 and my partner is 31. We want to start a family. We don't have a lot of money, but we're doing OK. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Jan 16, 2011 - 45 answers

We split up 20 years ago, can we do it again?

Work help: how to break this impasse? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2011 - 17 answers

need a head hunter

How do I find a good technical recruiter in the Bay Area? Of course, the catch is that I want to maintain my confidentiality due to current job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 answers

Should I quit my job to live abroad with my girlfriend who will be working on getting her PhD?

My girlfriend's company has offered to pay for her PhD. However, for one reason or another, they would like her to get it abroad (outside of the US). Should she accept? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by cad on Nov 15, 2010 - 39 answers

How to become a Web Usability consultant?

Does anyone have any experience becoming a Web Usability consultant? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Oct 4, 2010 - 12 answers

How can I make a living doing what I love?

How can I make a living doing what I love? My almost-50 birthday is this week. Several years ago I quit my job to start a new career. I still have little idea how to make money from what I want to do. I'd hate to go back to my former career, and I can't imagine who would hire a man nearing 50, who hasn't had a job in years... [more inside]
posted by ifnot on Aug 15, 2010 - 12 answers

What's a job that I can work for a month?

What kind of job can I do for a month in between traveling? [more inside]
posted by Gordafarin on Jul 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Jobs that pay exceptionally well considering the hours worked

Existential Crisis! How can I live my life and make money at the same time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 4, 2010 - 46 answers

Should I hurry up and get a mortgage while I still have a 'good' job?

Should I try to get a mortgage and buy a house before I leave my corporate-type job for a low and unreliably-paying creative one? Or is it possible I'll be able to do those things afterwards? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 - 15 answers

Should I attempt to ask my boss to give me a raise?

Should I attempt to ask my boss to give me a raise? [more inside]
posted by decrescendo on May 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Will work for shelter!

Are there any off-the-cuff ways of finding a job and a place to stay that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on May 4, 2010 - 33 answers

How can I get a better job quickly to save my relationship?

I'm stuck. I'm 25, and I moved to Brooklyn 6 months ago with my girlfriend of 8 years. The plan was that I'd find a better job when we moved here, but I haven't been able to get one. Now my girlfriend is going to leave, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 - 37 answers

How to overcome fear of starting my own business

How did you feel about starting your own business? Specifically looking for stories from people who left a fairly good corporate job, and how you found the courage to do it to help inform my own decision to stay or leave. (lots more inside) [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Mar 2, 2010 - 13 answers

What should I do to prepare myself for an impending likely release from employment?

I work in software development in the state of Washington. Recently my manager has informed me that unless my work performance significantly improves in the next 8 weeks, I will be let go. Other than working my tail off to prove myself capable of meeting my team's performance expectations, and looking for other positions internally/externally in the meantime, how should I prepare myself for an impending release from employment? Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits given this situation (and no misconduct on my part), and if so what can I expect to get?
posted by CallMeWhiskers on Feb 25, 2010 - 11 answers

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