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How to follow up with a late recruiter? (2 jobs, 1 company)

I applied to two jobs at the same company, and spoke to a recruiter about one of them (but I'm more interested in the other job). She said a hiring manager would call me back within a week, but it has been more than a week. How/when should I follow up? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jul 14, 2016 - 2 answers

New mom asking: Go back to work or not?

How could I possibly leave my baby to go back to work? And yet, tons of people have done it, including many I work with. How?? ... And then on the other hand, how could I quit working? (Long -- feel free to skip ahead to the question section.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2016 - 63 answers

Weighing my first job offer after graduate school

I recently completed my master's degree, and have spent the past six weeks looking for a relevant job. This week I received my first offer, but am torn about whether to accept or keep looking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 11 answers

To Boldly Go Where Many Have Gone Before!

I want a real career. After a decade of professional frittering, I'm finally coming into my own — I have deep focus and a desire to invest heavily in my future. What should I make of myself? [more inside]
posted by fritillary on Jul 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Getting a graduate degree in one field, but want job in another?

I've applied to and been accepted for a MA Graduate Degree programme overseas, initially for a design field that I was looking forward to. But in the last few weeks, I've started having some doubts - then today -major doubts- whether this was/is the right decision for me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Take the job or leave it?

I'm finishing up my PhD, planning a wedding, have a two week vacation coming up, and was accepted into a fellowship program. Do I have too much going on to accept a new job? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Jul 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Moved 3000 mi for a new job. Spouse hates it here. What should we do?

After moving from one corner of the country to the opposite corner 3 months ago, selling one house and buying another and spending $8000 on the move, we need to not live here because my spouse is absolutely miserable and staying will put considerable strain on our marriage and negatively impact our mental health (his in particular). I am very concerned about both the career implications of making a move so soon, and also that another move will put us into financial ruin. Snowflakes ahoy! [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jul 1, 2016 - 114 answers

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

How to give a good informational interview

A few times a year, I receive requests for informational interviews from recent graduates interested in entering my field. I'm always happy to accommodate these requests, but I want to make sure I'm not overlooking any key information or advice that I could be passing on. If you've given informational interviews yourself, or if you're someone who has benefited from good informational interviews as you got started in your field, I'd like to hear from you! [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Have any tips on getting adjusted to an office job?

I have worked all my life in restaurants. Today, after a lonnnng job search, I scored a really good job with a really great engineering company as a Customer Service Assistant in an office. I am 23. Like the question above says, do you have any tips for adjusting well? I really want to do great in this role and make great impressions. [more inside]
posted by anon1129 on Jun 21, 2016 - 23 answers

Help me reboot my work life

I just turned 43 and need to transition out of my current physically-demanding and unpredictably remunerative profession of massage therapy into a job I can still physically perform up until retirement, that will allow me to have a life outside work, and that pays decently. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Jun 21, 2016 - 12 answers

A career in theater tech? At my age?

How do I go back to school for theater tech in my 40's? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Jun 19, 2016 - 9 answers

Almost 30 with No Skills, How to Correct?

I'm almost 30 with no real marketable job skills and I'm having a hard time figuring out a way to correct this. [more inside]
posted by Firestorm 2018 on Jun 10, 2016 - 9 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

Gift horse or red herring?

Out of the blue I've been offered an opportunity that could lead to leaving London, but is it the right reason to go? [more inside]
posted by socksister on Jun 7, 2016 - 4 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

How to best help others find work?

Over the last six months, I've been looking for a new job. It's been awful. Once I've got myself squared away, how can I most effectively help others find better work? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on May 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Severe depression and job search

Feeling serious despair. I left a toxic work environment, yet not in the smartest way and that was a year ago. I've done some PT work before moving to another state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2016 - 14 answers

How do I Choose My Next Career?

Have you made a radical career change? I currently have a job as a digital marketer at an ad agency, however, I've been here a couple years and find that I'm not quite suited to office work and the schedule it entails. Skills I have: seo, web analytics, copywriting, media sales and public speaking. More inside. [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 on May 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Switching Careers into Agency Copywriting - What Do I Need To Know?

I am seriously considering pursuing a career in corporate copywriting and want to know the ins and outs. I have plenty of writing credits from various sources, both in print and online, but want to know from industry professionals about how to go about getting my foot in the door and being able to solidly present myself to agencies. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on May 18, 2016 - 3 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

How did you overcome a low gpa and/or no work experience?

I am one class away from graduating with a 2.6 GPA in a Business degree. I do not have any internships and very little work experience. I have mental health issues and I'm very socially awkward. Am I doomed from ever finding a job? How did you overcome this?
posted by sheepishchiffon on May 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Will a certificate in health care compliance make me marketable?

I have a law license but have never practiced. I work in public health but want to go back to the private sector. It occurs to me that health care compliance would make some sense based on my background, and there is a program at one of the law schools in town where I could get a certificate in it. This would take a year and cost $10k. Is this a smart move or would I be getting suckered into paying for a gimmick credential?
posted by lakeroon on May 12, 2016 - 2 answers

Does doing a PhD have to be hellish?

I recently accepted a paid position as a MS/PhD student (I collect the MS along the way to the PhD) at a well-ranked research institution in the US in engineering. Having read some of the threads here about people's PhD experiences, I can feel some inner panic growing! Maybe it's an impossible request since I know there's an enormous amount of luck involved, but I'd be grateful to hear about the other side - PhD students who tolerated or even enjoyed their experience. [more inside]
posted by Pieprz on May 12, 2016 - 25 answers

Yet another "Do I want this job?" question

I've been at my current employer for about three years. I'm thinking of making a career move, so that I focus more on, let's say, tennis policy analysis. I've found a job that looks promising, but I'm having a hard time telling if it's the right next step for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Just started a new job, and want to quit already

I quit my last job and moved cross-country 6 months ago, in search of better opportunities in my field. It's taken me 5 months to get a job offer. I accepted the only one I received out of desperation, because I'm almost out of my savings, even though it was a $30k/year pay cut from my last job, and it's not what I want to be doing at all. I started 2 weeks ago and hate it, already fantasizing about quitting. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by metaveedub on May 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Should I go back to school?

My job hunt has proved to be totally fruitless and I find my lack of success concerning. I have a career path picked out and think going back to school could help, but given that it's nothing that's currently trendy, am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 5, 2016 - 13 answers

How to Try to Get Value at Work

For a number of reasons, I don't feel valued at my current workplace. I know what I ultimately need to do, but what do I do about my feeling useless and lack of hopelessness in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2016 - 6 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

In a rut or time for change? Careerchange filter with art dream caveat

I started in Montessori Preschool education a little over 6 years ago right out of college and I LOVE it... except I don't. Working in the confines of a school is getting really physically and emotionally taxing, especially since my life has done a 180 Snowflakes-> [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Apr 27, 2016 - 1 answer

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

Most Professional Bang for the Buck?

I'm graduating with my Bachelors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management & Administration in a few weeks. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects on Apr 21, 2016 - 4 answers

MBA now from less-than-top-school, or later from a top school?

Hello good folks of MeFi, I'll be a college senior later this year, and I'm having a lot of trouble deciding whether I should apply to MBA programs this fall. If you have a minute--or several, this is a long one--please give me your opinions, reality checks, and/or virtual smacks upside the head. [more inside]
posted by blissfulchar on Apr 14, 2016 - 31 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

What stone have I left unturned in this job search?

Searching for a new job in logistics/supply chain/transportation/management. I am currently employed with a transportation carrier and I manage a small team of 5. I have been searching in the industry for about a year but no major bites yet. I feel that there is a tipping point or path I have yet to find, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Apr 10, 2016 - 6 answers

Am I in a dead end job or an amazing networking position?

Every day is a rollercoaster -- need to figure out where i stand -- Waterfall of Text below the fold [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Just exactly how stupid would I be to pursue my MLIS?

I'm currently working as a school library technician and, to be honest, I sort of enjoy it. However, it's a really limiting position. There's nowhere to really go from here. I have a library technician diploma (Canada) and I feel really limited by my opportunities as a paraprofessional. Lately, I'm trying to figure out what my next career move should be and I am HONESTLY, SERIOUSLY considering going back and getting my MLIS. How stupid would this choice be? Is there a chance that it wouldn't be a mistake? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Apr 4, 2016 - 20 answers

Should I Stick With My Current Company, or Leave for a New One?

I've come to realize the people I work for are fake and opportunistic to the point I've been looking quietly for a job. Then they offered me a substantial promotion. Do I take it and tolerate them until I can go elsewhere? Or do I quit now and move laterally on to something else? [more inside]
posted by priskyprisky on Apr 4, 2016 - 13 answers

How important is it to be "work-equal" in relationships?

Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by fka on Apr 3, 2016 - 24 answers

Which is easier, changing roles within a company or externally?

A few weeks ago my group was affected in a round of layoffs at a big video game corp and soon will be starting the process of finding a new job. I'm considering two changes to my career but i'm not sure what the best attack plan should be. I'd like to change job roles AND change industries, and I think there may be a best way of doing both but I'd like the hive mind's input. [more inside]
posted by escher on Mar 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Cyber Security Forensic Analyst

Hi- I have a long-term goal to achieve this certification. [more inside]
posted by past on Mar 28, 2016 - 6 answers

I'm a Senior In Psychology, And I Can't Figure Out What I Want To Do

I’m a psychology major, a senior, and I have two semesters left before I graduate. I really don’t know what I want to do. And I feel scared and paralyzed because of it. I want to go to graduate school, because I enjoy studying psychology, and I am afraid that with just a bachelor’s degree I won’t be able to find a good job, but in order to chose a grad school, I feel like I need to have an idea of what career I want to achieve with grad school. [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Mar 28, 2016 - 22 answers

GF is more successful than me, how do I deal?

My girlfriend is more successful than me. How do I keep myself from turning into a jealous weird guy? I want to celebrate and support her success, without getting bummed out and feeling emasculated. Looking for strategies (non-redpill) on how to not let this get to me, not blow my budget, and maintain my sense of masculinity. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2016 - 31 answers

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

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