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Leaving a dream job for a better quality of life

About a year and a half ago, I was offered an absolute dream job opportunity with a company I obsess over. I feel like the things I am doing have the chance to change the world in at least a small way, and I am well respected and valued in my organization. I have direct access to VIPs that others would love the chance to have a single coffee with. But, it's incredibly stressful at times and has a poor work-life balance. Should I leave this job for an almost-as-cool job that might be better for my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2015 - 18 answers

Recommend me some business books

What are the best business books you know of right now? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork on Sep 25, 2015 - 17 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

Pivoting away from academia in the Netherlands

Expat in NL seeking advice about non-academic jobs related to social science/statistics. [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin on Sep 15, 2015 - 2 answers

Age of ambition?

At some point in my life, I envisioned myself becoming a leader in the field I was on the path to pursuing. I went from elite overachieving undergrad to elite overachieving graduate program, and now all I want is a life with trees, refreshing sleep, maybe a cat, a cup of tea, and some good books and friends. I can't tell if this shift in goals is because I'm maturing or because I might be in depressed survival-mode from being in my program. [more inside]
posted by fernweh on Sep 11, 2015 - 12 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

Escape Route: Call Center Edition

This is a brainstorming question, as opposed to one forged in desperation. My job is relatively stable and mostly doable, but also largely unpleasant, and I'm wondering what to do next, and whether the grass really would be greener somewhere else. [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Sep 6, 2015 - 11 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 decide on a possible (medical) career

I am a floundering college graduate with a degree in English trying to figure out what to do with my life. I always thought medicine was fascinating and recently decided hey, why not try to get a job in that field? But I'm not sure. And I'm torn on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 on Sep 1, 2015 - 9 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

Putting my career eggs into too many baskets -- writing and libraries

For close to a year I've been searching for a mid-career public library job in the northern half of the US (I'm employed, but I need a higher salary or a cheaper city); I've had a bunch of interviews but no offers yet. I am also seriously considering applying for a MFA in fiction writing. But I don't know how to handle trying to do both. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 30, 2015 - 8 answers

What colour is your parachute when you're free-falling?

I have a short time to decide on going back to school for a career path and I'm looking for advice on how to make the decision. I have a very mixed work and educational history and am in the middle of a divorce, and I can't answer in any way yet "What job do you want?" Ideas are appreciated, but really I want to know how to figure out this decision. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Aug 29, 2015 - 10 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

Sketching out a Plan B (and C and D)

I've put all my career eggs into a single basket. Can you help me come up with some alternate ideas? Scared chicken inside. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock on Aug 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Have I ruined my chances at a career?

Stuck in a rut for several years post-college, unsure about what I'm interested in. All that fun stuff. [more inside]
posted by robin89 on Aug 25, 2015 - 6 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

How did your tech career survive the dot-com bubble?

Did your software career survive the first dot-com bubble? What did you learn, what would you do today, and how did you weather the collapse? [more inside]
posted by ecmendenhall on Aug 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

How to decide if I should stick it out at my boring, unfulfilling job, or if I should leave? [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Aug 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Master's vs. PhD for a Program Evaluation/Impact Assessment Career

I'm halfway through a two-year master's degree in an applied social science field, and would eventually like to work as an evaluator for a non-profit or the government. Should I pursue a PhD on top of the master's? [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Aug 17, 2015 - 5 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

Interview for a private chef position - what should I wear?

I need some help selecting an outfit for an interview which will be in the potential clients apartment. [more inside]
posted by Geppp on Aug 11, 2015 - 7 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

Help with Career in Mental Health Administration or Policy

I’m a lawyer, and have been working in civil litigation for 10 years. It never felt right, and I’m finally ready to make a change. My undergraduate was in psychology and I’ve always thought that I would feel more fulfilled working in that field. So, I’m scheduled to start graduate school next month to get my masters in Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m not sure that I want to work as a therapist, but it feels like that would be in the right direction. As I get closer to needing to quit my law job, I’m wondering if there is an easier way to get into my ideal career that doesn’t require the time and expense of going back to school. The problem is that I’m not sure exactly what I want to do. I sense it is something related to working on public policy for mental health issues, particularly concerning foster children or in the juvenile courts. Maybe working in the administration of a foster home, at a mental health non-profit, at a government mental health agency, etc.? I would really appreciate any thoughts, ideas of where to search, or if anyone has experience with this type of work. Thanks in advance for your help.
posted by metawabbit on Aug 9, 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

Technology certifications that would lend some street cred

Are there any short certifications that would help someone a non-technical person signal that they have some knowledge of how technologies work? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 2, 2015 - 10 answers

22 year old in need of career/schooling advice :)

I am a 22 year old female and live in the US. Currently I'm looking for career and school advice. Making decisions is so hard for me though because I tend to overthink and be doubtful of myself. Advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I make the best of an interview for a job I don't think I want?

I have an interview coming up for a job that I think might actually be a step backward, careerwise. What are some diplomatic ways I can ask if this job would have opportunities for advancement? Do you have any other suggestions for ways to use this interview as practice for future ones? Thanks!
posted by Argyle Road on Aug 1, 2015 - 11 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

Should I be a yoga instructor or massage therapist or..?

I've been giving some thought to becoming certified to teach yoga, or to be a massage therapist, or to be a physical therapy assistant. I'm not sure which one makes the most sense, given my inclinations and limitations. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Should I switch jobs?

I just got a job offer but am in a pretty good place now. I'm trying to decide whether I should take it. Part of that decision is also deciding if I should move to Colorado from Boston. [more inside]
posted by neematoad on Jul 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Is it possible to become a specialist without working inside?

Is it possible to transition to becoming a technical specialist without going to work for someone else? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 24, 2015 - 0 answers

Escaping the Ivory Tower -- as a middle-aged, tenured professor

Is it even remotely possible for me, a middle-aged, tenured professor in the humanities with a child to support, to leave academia? If so, how do I do it? Way more details follow below. [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion on Jul 22, 2015 - 28 answers

Difficulty in landing a higher-education position in New Jersey

So, we're thinking of moving to New Jersey to be closer to family - my partner's mother is older and my family is aging and splintered. Sigh. Although we like our current city, we believe Jersey may be our best option. Shake the snowglobe, 'cause there's snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by singmespanishtechno on Jul 22, 2015 - 11 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

Career Advice Filter: what am I?

I've given out the odd bit of career advice here, but now I find myself in my own bored, unhappy rut. Jobhunting throws up hundreds of results because I am a jack-of-all-trades, but all I can muster for all the options is total apathy. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2015 - 4 answers

Software Dev Career in SF Bay without a Bachelors in CS, I'm Floundering

What can I do better to get a paid internship or an Entry level Position with limited work experience, a Psych Degree and an Associates in Systems Programming? [more inside]
posted by gryftir on Jul 15, 2015 - 6 answers

How to approach supervisor about moving from 1.00 FTE to 0.75 FTE?

Another department recently offered me a 0.25 FTE position, and I'm sort of nervous about approaching my current boss about asking if my current department would support/allow this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 2 answers

What's the life for me?

I've never been a career-person and have done many different things from college to now. Is it realistic to keep jumping? Is there an ideal job for me that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

From perm to...temp?

I'm wondering if it would make sense to quit my permanent job in order to temp, given my circumstances. Also, any information about what it's like to temp in 2015 would be helpful. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 answers

Please help me ID a non-legal career for competitive talkers!

Other than law, do you know of a career field that affords both: (1) opportunities for public speaking, and (2) up-or-down, win-or-lose competition? Thank you for donating your time to a worthy effort--helping to boost me out of my deeply unhappy career. [more inside]
posted by ennui_on_me on Jul 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Question for nurses

For all new experienced nurses- I am in my second week in hospital for clinical rotations .i am going for my BSN. I feel I want to cry- so much I need to learn, so little I know. [more inside]
posted by barexamfreak on Jul 7, 2015 - 8 answers

I Want Less Money and No Power!

I was a software developer for the first 10 years of my career (1998-2008) before going into management. I'm now an executive at a Fortune 500 company with a high-stress job overseeing 250+ engineers layered within four levels of management under me. It's a great job - I'm incredibly lucky to have it - but I need help planning my exit. I want to be a software developer again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2015 - 16 answers

Becoming a Physical Therapist

I'm exploring the idea of becoming a physical therapist. What is it like? What are some of the possible career paths out there? [more inside]
posted by danceswithlight on Jul 6, 2015 - 9 answers

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