Should I stick with a secure, high-paying IT career where I'm a solo developer with no possibility of advancement, or switch to a much-lesser paying career where I can be part of a team and a larger company and perhaps even advance in the next few years? [more inside]
Should I ask for a title change/promotion at my job? Due to the economy, no salary increases are being done, but my review this year was excellent and I don't feel as though my title fits my job. Lots of librarian-y details follow. [more inside]
looking for a career advisor that specializes in helping people find their area of academic research. [more inside]
Does my dream job exist? [more inside]
What can I do to get a researcher position? [more inside]
Careerfilter: Career suggestions for a mid-career Manhattanite downsized by the financial collapse [more inside]
I'm happy at the tech company I work for but am increasingly concerned about my career progression. Nearly a year ago, I took on new role as a project manager, moving from a role with a mix of development and client technical liaison/consulting. My company is currently strongly encouraging me to take on even more of a project management role. I think I'd rather move towards working as a technical lead, I'm concerned that getting myself too far removed from technical work now could make it too difficult to move back later. I could really use some advice from Metafilter-ites with experience in tech firms and technical project management! [more inside]
How do I approach a "career coaching" meeting discussion with my manager? [more inside]
Where do you want to be in 3 months/ 6 months/ 1 yr/ 3 yrs within the company? My boss asked me to write a response to this when I challenged him about my lack of career direction. Obviously I have my own thoughts, but beyond that, what specifically is *he* wanting to read when I turn this in? What will help convince him to put me on the fast-track to where I want to be?
After a few years of full-time freelancing, I'm exploring a return to in-house work. What I've found in the early days of my search is that I'm in a kind of career limbo, a few years overqualified for the mid-level jobs and a few years underqualified for the senior-level jobs. So: How to deal? [more inside]
The Family Business: Have you left it? Please tell me about your experiences doing so. Especially if you were expected to be the one to carry it on after your parents' retirement/death. [more inside]
Can you recommend a great professional writing certificate program? [more inside]
How do I deal with enormous pressure from my parents? I apologize for the length, and thanks in advance for your advice. [more inside]
What careers mainly involve buying low and selling high by knowing a market in great detail, in part by making contacts and in part by combing through reams of information - and how does a college student get an entry level job in them? NOT interested in entrepreneurial suggestions, or things that require much theory or advanced mathematics (no i-banking/hedge funds) - more emphasis on information-gathering and shrewdness. What reasonably solid jobs might there be and what's the entry path (recommended academic background, internships, etc.)?
I want to get a story on This American Life. I would like some help. [more inside]
I am interested to hear about opinions about the health and wellness industry and potential jobs. I have been in corp. america for almost 10 years and tired of the inability to help and make a difference in peoples lives. [more inside]
As someone who is in their mid-thirties, what are some realistic alternatives for me if I want to learn and eventually get a career in programming? [more inside]
My superpower is the ability to rapidly attain competency in skills and processes with an absolute minimum of instruction or oversight, with an additional secondary power of optimizing processes. My kryptonite is doing the same thing twice. For what careers might I be perfect? [more inside]
Life choices-filter: What should my wife and I do next? [more inside]
Given the description of my education, accomplishments, and interests, what career would suit me? [more inside]
My dream is to write nonfiction books, but I have more book ideas than I know what to do with. Does anybody have any advice on how to find an agent or even just somebody knowledgeable about the publishing business who could give some good advice about which book ideas would work and which ideas would fall flat? How does one get past the query letter stage, when you have multiple outlines and chapters and book ideas, but you don't have a finished book?
I'm looking for specific guidance (based on experience or intuition) about whether or not to tell my boss that I am planning a career transition--and whether/how to approach the boss about helping me find a job that will better suit my talents, interest and ambitions. [more inside]
Should I reveal my depression to my co-workers? [more inside]
An appeal to very patient people: Please help us plan our financial/academic future! [more inside]
Although I've always considered myself somewhat misanthropic, I've been finding more and more that I'm stimulated by higher-level or professional interaction with others. What professions might give that stimulus, that aren't predominately negative (i.e. inbound customer service calls, police work, or criminal defense lawyering)?
I know this is my last year for my Hon. in Linguistics. I think I'm doing pretty bad. Many of my friends are going for grad schools or research programs in cognitive linguistic-issues. It feels like I'm left behind very much. Now I feel very stupid compare to my friends. Feeling very humiliated. I don't know what to think. Does going to grad school really help one's career? I don't think I can go to grad school with a terrible mark I have and I think I will have an unusually difficult roadmap for my possible career without having an MA. Are people like me doomed because we don't go to grad school? Are there any alternatives to grad schools for further education?
How do I get out of a career trap of my own making? [more inside]
A co-worker rants and raves constantly and I'm getting sick of it. What to do? [more inside]
An executive search firm has given my wife an offer to be the director of a new office they plan to open in a few months. We know very little about the industry and even less about the specific role. It sounds interesting and the money is pretty good too. [more inside]
What kind of job can I get with this business degree that would let me have a degree of autonomy over my work, interact with my coworkers, and provide a measure of stability in this unhappy economic climate? [more inside]
An intern at work is dressing very inappropriately. Is there any way I can tell her nicely to tone it down? [more inside]
How would I go about asking for a salary increase in my yearly review? I came in to this job as the #2 guy on a 2-person contract and then the #1 guy (my supervisor and project manager) quit. I'm now project manager and the only one on site. I feel like I should receive some sort of corresponding raise with this increase in responsibility. [more inside]
How do you handle a situation where a few of your co-workers -- some of who are above you -- are inefficient, show very little work ethic, disorganized, slow, and generally ineffective in their positions? [more inside]
I don't want to pursue a career in the field for which I received my degree. Help guide my search for a grad school field. [more inside]
Career alternatives for a burnt-out developer? Is there a world past my IDE that I'd make it in? [more inside]
What qualities do you look for in your circulation clerk? [more inside]
Help me make a career move. Do I want to be a high school or college teacher? [more inside]
What's a good way of finding out a job is really going to be eight hours a day and usually not more before you take the job? [more inside]
I'm working part time at two jobs right now - they worked together to hire me so that I could have enough income until Company A can hire my full time. Too bad I want to stay with Company B. [more inside]
Can I still have a career in science? This economy caused both my spouse and I to lose our jobs and to relocate to find new employment after a 10-year corporate career. Thing is, I hated that career and only loved the money. Now, I am at a crossroads in life. [more inside]
Which modern careers rooted in real life is most similar in nature to that of a Starfleet officer abroad the Enterprise? [more inside]
Just got laid off. Don't HAVE to work for about a year. I could hit the pavement hard and try to get right back into lawyering or I could pretty much do whatever I want. What would you do? [more inside]
Do you add a suffix after your name in your email signature? For example, if you are a certified project manager, do you add PMP after your name? Or if you have your MBA, do you add 'MBA' after your name? If so, why? I ask because I believe in 99% of the cases where I've seen a suffix, it is unnecessary and not used within the right context or it just simply isn't worthy of being added after a name. I would be interested in some responses arguing both sides of the issue.
Careerfilter: My first proper career choice... [more inside]
I'm 35, an attorney, and married with 3 children, and want to move myself and my family to Europe (preferably Germany) for the experience. My preference is to work for the U.S. Government overseas, as that seems the easiest transition, but positions are not easy to come by. Any ideas?
[IT Filter] Does anyone know of a resource which gives a comprehensive analysis of the IT Industry and its various facets?
[IT Filter] Does anyone know of a resource which gives a comprehensive analysis of the IT Industry and its various facets? [more inside]
When do you become professionally typecast? [more inside]
What starting salary can a recent graduate PhD in Mass Communication expect to make in the industry focusing on research (i.e., not teaching at a university)? [more inside]
How can I complete pre-medical requirements after having earned my B.A.? [more inside]
What do I need to know about getting into OS X system administration? [more inside]