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What should I do to prepare myself for an impending likely release from employment?

I work in software development in the state of Washington. Recently my manager has informed me that unless my work performance significantly improves in the next 8 weeks, I will be let go. Other than working my tail off to prove myself capable of meeting my team's performance expectations, and looking for other positions internally/externally in the meantime, how should I prepare myself for an impending release from employment? Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits given this situation (and no misconduct on my part), and if so what can I expect to get?
posted by CallMeWhiskers on Feb 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Should I stay in school?

Halfway through my BA and not terribly happy. Is it worth it to stay in school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 41 answers

Where could I leap if I need to?

Help a Systems Engineer plan to hop industries or skip career tracks altogether. Without going backwards, that is. Or at least let me know which of my goals are unrealistic. (lots more inside with details galore) [more inside]
posted by cross_impact on Feb 24, 2010 - 2 answers

To MD or not to MD?

CrossroadsFilter. PhD or MD? I could invest an extra year into attending a one-year special master's degree program that, upon success, would pretty much guarantee admission into medical school. I'd be a 28-year-old first-year medical student. But what about babies? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2010 - 17 answers

My job is driving me crazy.

I recently started a new job, and it's swiftly becoming clear that it's not the right job for me. I'd like some suggestions about how to identify other careers, and advice about how to handle my present situation. [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Feb 22, 2010 - 1 answer

How can I go about this career change into science?

Used to be a science geek, left it behind long ago, really wish I hadn't. Want to change careers. Need advice. [more inside]
posted by Gaz Errant on Feb 19, 2010 - 10 answers

How to become an accountant?

How can I move into a career in accounting? Please help reality-check my plan. [more inside]
posted by kprincehouse on Feb 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me be less ambitious.

Help me be figure out the proper level of ambition. I am in my second year out of law school. I have a year of big firm practice under my belt and am halfway through a one-year federal clerkship. It's about time for me to start (thinking about) looking for a post-clerkship job and I am torn between prioritizing prestige or my personal/family life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2010 - 23 answers

Where do I find a full-time telecommute/remote programming job?

Where do I find a full-time telecommute/remote programming job? [more inside]
posted by joshwa on Feb 18, 2010 - 2 answers

A new career for the future

I have a friend who is entering his middle years and is looking to change careers. He's in IT, but would like to make a break from it - and try something completely different. What are some ideas for short courses, certifications or degrees that could lead to an interesting, future-ready career?
posted by Dag Maggot on Feb 18, 2010 - 10 answers

how do you calculate student loan risk?

Potential student loan calculus: how much is too much at what age? [more inside]
posted by sureshot on Feb 16, 2010 - 10 answers

Where does a developer work when he's tired of yet another CMS?

I'm a programmer looking for some side work, but don't want to just build someone a CMS. What unexpected industries could make use of a developer? [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 15, 2010 - 4 answers

I have independent means. Help find a low paid, but interesting and social job.

I have a self sustaining internet business that easily supports my lifestyle, but is very isolating. I am in the fortunate position of only having to work 4 hours a week for the next couple of years. I am however going out of my mind with boredom. I want to find an interesting and social job in the UK. Pay isn’t an issue, but I don’t want to work for free. Any suggestions? If it leads to career outside the digital solo realm, all the better, but this is not essential. I am 30, male, and live in Brighton.
posted by choppyes on Feb 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Should he move now or later?

I got a great job across the country and I’m planning to take it. The question is if my fiancé should leave his current job to relocate with me or wait until he has a new job lined up to move. [more inside]
posted by watch out for turtles on Feb 15, 2010 - 7 answers

Is it better to be a specialist or a generalist?

Specialization or generalization: which approach has served you better in your career? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Feb 9, 2010 - 17 answers

Should I take this demotion?

Should I take this demotion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2010 - 21 answers

I'm in a mid-twenties rut, get me out of here!

I'm in a mid-twenties rut. Please help me think of activities, classes, or organizations in NYC I can partake in to get me active and motivated! [more inside]
posted by jamnbread on Feb 6, 2010 - 13 answers

Headhunters in Austin or AZ or CA

I hold a MSc. Chemistry and have around 4 years of solar cell manufacturing experience. I am trying to find head hunters in TX - specifically Austin that are either chemical \ solar cell or semiconductor based - can someone help me out with some contacts? AZ and CA are also desired.
posted by zephler on Feb 5, 2010 - 1 answer

Getting ready for the big flush

My current employer is currently circling the drain and I am certain there will be severe layoffs in the next 3-4 months which are likely to include me. What non-obvious things should I be doing to prepare? I'm in CA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 - 11 answers

Workforce Recruitment Program

Has anyone found a job with the Workforce Recruitment Program? [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Feb 1, 2010 - 2 answers

Dear MeFi: I hate my job

I hate my job, but I'm not good at anything else. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 - 18 answers

New career for an disillusioned teacher?

What's an okay paying new career for an disillusioned teacher? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Jan 30, 2010 - 19 answers

New job ideas?

My husband needs an idea for a new job/career that will allow him to enjoy his work. He has a PhD in genetics, is mechanically minded, likes working with people, is exceedingly patient, has ADD, and loves strategy games. Ideas? [more inside]
posted by hybridvigor on Jan 28, 2010 - 19 answers

Wanting This Probable Possible Promotion!

Just got a call from HR for a "chat" about an administrative position I applied for with my current employer. The "chat" is tomorrow. How might this "chat" go, and other than the usual interview preparations, what else should I be prepared for? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jan 28, 2010 - 9 answers

Mo money. no problems.

Asking for a raise. How do I backup my request with indisputable facts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 - 6 answers

My Dad was right.

CareerSwitchFilter: I majored in Computer Science and Theater in college. I've been working in theater for the past two years and now want to switch to a career in the more lucrative major. Problem is I have no experience and no code samples, having deleted them all to make space on my computer for production photos. What's the best way to go about making this switch? [more inside]
posted by edbles on Jan 22, 2010 - 14 answers

I work with words, not numbers!

Deal or no deal with my future: should I take the money I'm offered, or risk it for a better grant? [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Jan 20, 2010 - 18 answers

Looking for a preview of my first 6 months or so as a junior programmer

When I get my first junior programmer job - fresh out of school, shiny faced and new - what will that look like? What will I be tasked with? What will the expectations of me be? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jan 20, 2010 - 22 answers

How do I, and should I transition to L&D

How does one transition into a career in Learning and Development? [more inside]
posted by delladlux on Jan 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Non-profit career counseling?

Can you refer me to a non-profit industries career consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area? I am not so much looking for a headhunter but a career coach. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 - 1 answer

Does the fact that you've been acknowledged in a paper belong on a resume?

Is it better to leave off a resume that you've been acknowledged in a published paper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2010 - 18 answers

How to get out of my rut?

I've been unemployed far too long. Help me find a way out of this rut - off-the-wall ideas encouraged [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jan 12, 2010 - 17 answers

Can't I just take pictures in Somalia and Gaza for the rest of my life?

[Help-me-plan-my-life filter] Q1: What should I do with my life? Q2: Which College should I attend? {intl relief/dev or photography related} [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Need help deciding whether to take a position with professional and personal complications.

Need help deciding whether to take a position with professional and personal complications. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2010 - 11 answers

Go for the easy thing, or the unknown?

Return to the career I once had (the known--when I was happy) or stay in school for the unknown (when I'm not happy)? Better yet, how should I make decisions when you have lots of options and interests for the long term? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

What to do when a new job is a bad fit?

I began a new job that came with new duties and the chance to work overseas. A few months in (before international transfer), I'm now feeling that position is a poor fit. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by ohgeez on Jan 7, 2010 - 9 answers

Help me figure out my next move in life.

QuarterLifeCrisisFilter: I am unemployed, unsuccessfully trying to get a business venture off the ground, have no clue what I want to do for my next career move and am experiencing a general lack of direction in my life. You are not my shrink, the only one who can decide is me, yadayadaHELP! [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Jan 5, 2010 - 5 answers

I wanna work in pictures!

I'm interested to get involved in tv production, ideally in a researcher or production management position, but I know I'll need to start a little bit further down the food chain. Trouble is I don't have any experience. Is this the most stupid idea in the world? [more inside]
posted by shewhoeats on Jan 5, 2010 - 8 answers

I am completely lost.

My emotional life is in complete disarray. Help! (Very long.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 - 36 answers

What to do with my life

Please tell me how I can find out what to do with my life? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2009 - 7 answers

Good careers for older folks?

What careers are available and viable for people over 50? [more inside]
posted by sharkfish on Dec 19, 2009 - 28 answers

Account coordinator - what's it like?

What's it like being an account coordinator at a PR firm? I've read some job profiles online, but I'd like to hear personal experiences. What's the day-to-day work like, and what sort of person would be good for the job? I see there's a past question that touches on being an account exec, but this is the rung below, right?
posted by trillian on Dec 18, 2009 - 7 answers

Give up stable job for Americorps?

Would I be crazy to quit my decent, although not fulfilling, job and sign up for AmeriCorps? [more inside]
posted by squawk on Dec 18, 2009 - 24 answers

Unemployed pregnant lady wants to work.

I've been unemployed for a year and have had an unsuccessful job hunt. I've recently discovered (happily) that I'm pregnant. This changes everything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2009 - 14 answers

What first sparked your interest in computers?

I need help finding citations for a story about programmer's inspirations. A giant whiteboard asks for the spark that interested people in computers and the answers are all video games. [more inside]
posted by pwnguin on Dec 17, 2009 - 2 answers

Tell me about your sales engineer/field support job

After 12 or so unhappy years in the tech world, I'm looking for a career that is more people oriented. Wondering if sales engineering might be the way to go, and if so if I have the right skill set. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2009 - 9 answers

Perfect Career Checklist

Omit passion and salary. What other aspects of a job are important? [more inside]
posted by spec on Dec 12, 2009 - 42 answers

What career now?

What field am I supposed to be in? I always tested very well, went to an Ivy League school and got both computer science and liberal arts degrees... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 - 6 answers

How do I save the planet with computers and stuff? and get paid!?

I want to help guide the development of "new" environmentalism... Where should I (educated/trained as an Ecologist) start on a career change into media (online/web development)? better explained... [more inside]
posted by Gaeacon on Dec 9, 2009 - 4 answers

What to do in Denver for a year? Masters?

What can a mid-career person (me) do for a year in a new city (Denver) that will be productive in the 12 months or so spent there? Are there Master's programs that you can either complete in one year, or spend a year on-site and then finish while living elsewhere? Or is something else a better option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2009 - 5 answers

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