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My PhD supervisor is moving to a different university. Should I go with?

My PhD supervisor is getting a new job. I want to move with him, but the new university doesn’t seem as good as my current one. It is decidedly weaker in my field and much less well-known overall. I am not sure whether I should go to the new university, stay at the current one, or try to graduate from my current university while also working with my current supervisor. [more inside]
posted by cestlavie on Mar 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Attach of the quarter life crisis

I'm 28 and feel completely lost. I have a bachelor's and postgraduate degree in Information Technology and work in the IT sector. I feel out of place at my job and on the path towards mediocrity. How do I break out of this and find a path towards success? [more inside]
posted by deeba on Mar 24, 2016 - 8 answers

Making a lot of preventable mistakes at work

How likely am I going to fail probation? Is there still hope? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Mar 20, 2016 - 19 answers

Please don't make me start at entry level

I'm 25 years old and about to graduate with a MS in engineering. I am faced with the prospect of continuing my own venture or starting somewhere in industry. My venture is challenging and fulfilling, but not very promising, whereas the prospect of starting an entry level position makes me depressed and unmotivated. How can I find something to do where I will have ownership and opportunities for growth? [more inside]
posted by AFittingTitle on Mar 19, 2016 - 22 answers

To be young, gifted, and non-white

I'm an introvert working in a newsroom. I'm in a position that manages people, workflow, and the news. The Big Boss started out a Nice Guy but is now The Big Bad. I enjoy the work. I do not enjoy getting treated like shit. How do I keep my sanity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2016 - 24 answers

How do I get over an extended burnout?

After overdoing it for many (5+) years, I've learnt my lesson and am changing my work-life balance. While other aspects of my life seem to be improving, love of my field still seems non-existent. Looking for advice on how to recover this. [more inside]
posted by gadha on Mar 17, 2016 - 5 answers

Jack of Many Trades, Master of a Few

I'm borrowing the conceit of a recent Ask MeFi question about building a new career out of skills I have. My special snowflake stiff is in the [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Mar 11, 2016 - 5 answers

Career changes for a data analyst?

I've been doing data analysis for about 8 years, and I feel stuck. Where to next? [more inside]
posted by Claubert on Mar 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Internship Do's and Don'ts

I start my dream internship next month. How do I not screw this up? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Mar 8, 2016 - 17 answers

How to ask for a raise given my unique circumstances at work

What do you do when you know (uh, think) you're a valuable employee, don't want to leave the company, but highly suspect there is more money to be made? [Long, if you're looking for a good book] [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 7, 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

What I do have are a very particular set of skills

Can I build a new career out of the things I'm actually good at? Please help me figure out what careers could fit what I do. [more inside]
posted by castlebravo on Mar 4, 2016 - 15 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

How to work a professional network?

I’ve been a freelancer for over a decade. It’s had its good points, but I’m feeling burned out and ready for something new. I would like to find a full-time salaried position, but I’m feeling a little lost about how to go about it. Can you offer guidance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 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

Like, fifty green-eyed monsters.

My fiance just helped my--to be as melodramatic as possible about it--archnemesis into the same elite career/institution he's in, so that now I have not one, but two people to pathetically peer at, looking in with my nose pressed to the glass. He also had a thing for her before we started dating (and during). I'm freaked out and bitter. Help me figure out how not to be a huge evil baby while I taste the many acrid flavors of the jealousy rainbow. [more inside]
posted by bugperson on Feb 26, 2016 - 131 answers

Graduated with a poor academic record, and don't know where I'm heading

I failed out of university twice, but finally graduated with my bachelor's degree last year at the age of 26. With a 3.3 GPA, no less! :-) For the past 6 months, I've been working two part-time contracts (enough to make rent and food costs, but no savings). [more inside]
posted by raintree on Feb 23, 2016 - 14 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

I want to become an RN - Currently an LCSW in medical social work

I enjoy school and credentials. I'm currently an LCSW working in a hospital, and I want to become an RN. How? ! [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Feb 22, 2016 - 5 answers

Job dilemma

So I'm in a potentially awkward job hunting position. Basically, the company I work at currently is eliminating the department I'm working in because they've sold the block of business to another company. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 on Feb 16, 2016 - 6 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

Learn to code or...what?

I'm a liberal-arts-ish woman who has some experience with computer programming (HTML, CSS and PHP) and a ton of graphics/design experience. I hear about code bootcamps and lots of people changing careers to CS, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to try and develop my programming skills. But I'm worried I'm not geeky enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

Americorps HELP

Recent college grad, not at all moving forward with my life, and I'm interested in Americorps. I need a change. I want a big change, something challenging and very unlike what I'm used to. I'm overwhelmed and don't know how to begin going about this. HELP. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Feb 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Great New Job Opportunity but Scared

How do I deal with fear of failure starting a new position and what if I hate it? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Feb 10, 2016 - 4 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

I have so much to offer, and no where to give.

I’m looking for the way out of a life of perpetual admin-assistance. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Feb 8, 2016 - 14 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

I like to solve problems. How do I get paid to do that?

I've flip flopped on what I want to go to school for and/or what kind of career track I want to aim for. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Feb 7, 2016 - 13 answers

Trying to break into journalism

I recently graduated with a degree in film from a Chicago school, but more and more I find myself only interested in documentaries, podcasts and articles. How can I break into journalism at a time when the future of journalism is so uncertain? [more inside]
posted by TheSillyman on Feb 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Should I quit my miserable job without another lined up?

It didn't take me long to figure out my new job isn't for me, but delayed training and mandatory training repayment if I quit could mean being stuck there for more than a year. I am miserable. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Jan 26, 2016 - 24 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

Embarrassed of my life.

I experience moments of defeat. Where's my courage? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Jan 12, 2016 - 16 answers

Help weave my interests and experiences into job possibilities!

I've had several careers (or jobs) that seem very different from each other, and I have an educational background which is equally varied. I'm looking to possibly embark on a new path, but need help figuring out where I'm going exactly. [more inside]
posted by bacall423 on Jan 7, 2016 - 1 answer

How to start over?

My husband and I want to sell our house, move, and possibly start new careers. We hope to do all of this within a year, and I am overwhelmed with where to start. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Jan 3, 2016 - 10 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 just started a job organizing people's email. I have some questions.

So, thanks partially to the response I received from a previous question, I've begun a sidebusiness organizing people's email inboxes: basically, helping people handle their email without getting overwhelmed, while also more generally helping with personal email/digital workflow. As this is somewhat of a unique project, I have two questions with not-entirely-obvious answers. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Dec 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Mentors of Mefi: How do I be a better mentee?

I think I come across, unintentionally, as a lackluster mentee. I want to be a rock star mentee. Maybe I am just being too hard on myself, but... I also think that my and my mentor's personalities may be ever so slightly incongruous. Not to mention I have a very stressful current-work situation I'm trying to navigate in an effort to make more time for me mentorship. It all makes me feel awkward and insecure. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Total Life Failure, What Should I Do?

I have managed to fail at all societal goal-posts as a single late thirty-something woman with no husband, children, job, money or property in Asia, what do I do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Cant hold a job

For the past 2 to 3 years I have had the most difficult time holding a job. [more inside]
posted by stepup on Dec 27, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I do improve the world?

I'm stricken by overwhelming concern about the world (environment, hunger, refugees, corrupt corporations) coupled with guilt that I'm not doing anything to improve things. What can I do with the tools available to me? [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Dec 26, 2015 - 23 answers

What should I do in the next chapter of my life?

I have spent five years 2,000 miles from home getting a graduate degree. I thought I would do a PhD, but I just got a master's in liberal arts. Thankfully, I have no debt. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Dec 25, 2015 - 10 answers

How to stop stumbling around in my career

I am thinking about leaving my job and taking a three month totally reset before I begin the job search. I'd like to spend that later half of that time reflecting on a career change. What activities should I pursue to help me make the decision about what to do next? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 23, 2015 - 7 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

Girlfriend stuck in incompatible pharmacy job

My girlfriend graduated from Pharmacy school earlier this year, after investing a lot of time and effort into her education, hoping it would lead to a decent career. Doesn't seem to be the case. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Dec 12, 2015 - 15 answers

Will accepting this part-time job ruin my chances for full-time job?

I just received a job offer for a very part-time position--only 16 hours a week--at an amazing organization. I need full-time, but **maybe** can cobble together full-time equivalent if I can find another part-time job. But accepting the job offer presents a conflict of interest with the really great full-time job I've applied for. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Dec 10, 2015 - 7 answers

I think I want to learn German and want to pick a method

I am thinking that I might want to learn German as a language of beer and cheese for career advancement. Good choice? Should I take a class or set out on my own? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Dec 9, 2015 - 10 answers

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