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The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

help! should I drop out of my MFA writing program?

I started a MFA writing program in Vancouver this fall. I wasn't sure about whether I should go or not to begin with, and now, I'm still second-guess and worrying I made a big mistake. I'm unhappy, often, and I'm worried that if I stay it will be for the wrong reasons: a big, heavy sunken cost fallacy. Can you help, please? Long complicated backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 19 answers

How to get from here to there?

My spouse died a few months ago. I am nearly 50. [more inside]
posted by mismatchedsock on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I become a Web Developer?

I'm not sure if this career choice is right for me. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Nov 7, 2015 - 12 answers

Working as a medical writer/editor. Difficulty level: No undergrad

I want to explore a career as a medical writer/editor. I've worked in the healthcare field for 18 years and I feel I have a lot of things going for me, however I don't have the undergraduate degree that most employers list as required. More details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 6 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Transitioning to a career in policy - wise or foolish?

I've been given the opportunity to transition into international policy at my current organisation, something I have been doing for next to my more development-focused job for the past few years. Would it be wise or foolish to put this front and centre? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Oct 19, 2015 - 2 answers

Looking for and starting a new job while trying to get pregnant

I've been affected by a round of layoffs and am looking for work. The search has been going well and there are some prospects. My major source of anxiety right now is that this is happening while I am trying to get pregnant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 21 answers

I am sick of making labels. Please hope me.

How do I transition from "pink collar" admin jobs to...anything else? Wrinkle: most likely moving to a (much) smaller city some time next year. [more inside]
posted by SassHat on Oct 15, 2015 - 6 answers

Is going back to school a mistake I'll regret?

I want to change my career, but I'm not sure the "go back to grad school" advice I'm getting is sound. The idea of tons of student debt (I'm debt-free now) seems unappealing and I have no idea what to study. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat on Oct 14, 2015 - 15 answers

How to reflect on my resume that my job was unexpectedly "agile?"

I've officially had 2 job titles at my workplace of almost 7 years, but much of my day-to-day has been handling special projects and the stuff that no one else knows how to do. I'm having some trouble cramming all my duties underneath those job titles without my resume feeling clunky and bloated. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Oct 13, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I start looking for a creative partner?

Looking for practical advice and anecdotes on actively looking for a creative partner when life does not grant you one "naturally" like best friends who share a hobby etc. More specifically how do writers find other writers or comic book artists. I've gone to a few writers meetups and they were fun and useful, but ultimately not fruitful (yet). I know there are probably a lot of online communities I could join (how should I approach this approach to finding someone?)
posted by deadwater on Oct 13, 2015 - 5 answers

What to do when you've topped out your salary 10 yrs into your career?

I appear to be at the top of the salary range for jobs in my field, but I'm only in my 30s. What's next? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Oct 13, 2015 - 31 answers

Artistic dude interested in a more meaningful career. Options?

Art is slow and tedious, with little to show for the effort, IMO. What else could someone with my abilities and leanings go into? [more inside]
posted by pableaux on Oct 11, 2015 - 11 answers

Is the Johnson O'Conner Aptiude Test worth taking in your 30s?

I've never really known what I want to be when I grow up, and now that I'm a proper adult in my thirties, I'd like to figure it out. I'm planning on taking a few tests (Meyer Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory), and came across the Johnson O'Conner aptitude test. It looks like a great tool for choosing a college major, but is it worth taking this late in the game? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Oct 6, 2015 - 6 answers

What's my passion? (INTJ)

I'm 29 and seem to be going through a sort of quarter life crisis. The events of the last few months have caused me to want to change directions, but I need help deciding what that new direction is. [more inside]
posted by robadobdob on Oct 6, 2015 - 9 answers

Help me become a good manager.

I'm looking for bullshit-free, low-cost resources or training programs that I can use to become a more effective manager. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Oct 4, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I figure out what job/career I fit into?

I've been applying and interviewing a bit, but most applications get no response, which I know is common enough, but maybe I could be going about this better. I am in dire need of guidance at this point as to what sort of other jobs or fields I might fit into and be happy with. (Long) details inside. [more inside]
posted by Fire on Oct 2, 2015 - 9 answers

Confused about giving up my job that I know (almost) inside out.

Been working at the same not-for-profit for 4 years and I feel that I'm 'in with the bricks', get on with my colleagues and am the 'go to person' in the organisation. However, I've ALWAYS been unsure about the ethics of my boss regarding such things as favouritism, making rules up as she goes along, finance etc. I've now been offered another job as an Executive Assistant for local council - more money, better holidays etc BUT I'm scared. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

How to make next steps in IT marketing/communications

I've been working as a freelance copywriter/white paper writer mainly for IT companies but am looking to make the next step in education or job. [more inside]
posted by mosschief on Sep 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I stay or should I go now? (Job change advice)

I'm having trouble coming to a final decision on a job-change, and I'm hoping that you all can help with some of your unique perspectives. I recently received a job offer to go work with (well, technically for) a friend at a smaller company nearby. Polling everyone close to me (family, friends, work mentors) has yielded unanimous results: I should accept the offer. Yet, I'm wavering. Here is the situation: [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Sep 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Massage therapy as a career: learning and experiences!

Having come to something of a 'natural break' in my career (such as it is) at age 30, I've been looking at a number of options for retraining and doing something new. I keep coming back to massage therapy as a potential opportunity for me to break away and do my own thing - but just how viable is it, and what were your experiences of getting into it and doing it day-to-day? I'm looking for course recommendations - but mainly personal experiences. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Sep 28, 2015 - 8 answers

Declining a Work Event

How do I decline attending this fancy work event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

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

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