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How do I market a Biology degree for non-related internships?

I'm a sophomore biology major but I want to get internships in consulting firms or pharmaceutical companies, both of which are coming to my school tomorrow for career fairs. Unfortunately, I'm a biology major which isn't necessarily the most marketable major in the world. My experience is mainly through clinical research and I held three jobs last summer but none of them are related to the internships I'm looking for. [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ on Feb 20, 2014 - 5 answers

The Mid-PhD Crisis

Hi Hivemind, I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program for statistics and operations research, and in two more years I can grab that PhD. Alternatively, I can jump ship now with a MS, headed for the (inviting/inevitable) waters of industry. Knowing that I have no interest in staying in academia, give me some motivation to finish. Or, tell me to quit because actual work experience is more valuable! What roles should I be looking at other than Data Scientist? Would it be feasible to get a position doing private research, and would that be awesome? Bonus points if you can tell me what skills I should be cultivating to be hire-able (software engineering)? P.S. I will also do some more chatting with profs and former students to figure out how I should be directing myself, but I hope the HiveMind can provide some complementary ideas.
posted by zscore on Feb 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me understand government hiring policy and open competitive grade

Found a few jobs that I am very interested in. I would like to join the government/county offices. I am struggling to understand their hiring process. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Feb 14, 2014 - 4 answers

Graduate student moving on, what to do next?

Graduate student "Mastering out", trying to begin next steps [more inside]
posted by jroger2908 on Feb 13, 2014 - 4 answers

Career Obsession, in Moderation

How can I stop stressing myself out endlessly about career decisions, while also still making the appropriate decisions/choices? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Feb 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Be my career counselor?

I'm a college biology major. Everyone I know is applying to medical school, but the idea of medical school scares me. I'm not qualified for jobs in my field. Can you help me identify alternative jobs or careers? I have some experience with radio, GIS, and computer-y things like Python. [more inside]
posted by A. mellifera on Feb 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Connecting And Building A Mentor Relationship

I am currently in my late twenties finishing my degree in Information Technology. I live in a large city. I'm a sociable person. My question is, not working in the professional environment, how could I find a professional mentor? How do you recommend someone build such a relationship? Any ideas? .... There are industry related conferences within the area which I sometimes attend. Professors seem like an option. But what steps should I take to form such a relationship? Is it something you would ask for explicitly?.... I'd just like to thank the community in advance for your feedback. It's been something I'd like to do, but due to uncertainty in how to go about it I haven't. Thanks!
posted by Nicholas Geary on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

A bird in the hand worth two in the bush?

Two weeks ago, I had an interview for an internship with a huge organization that does exactly what I want to do, got a Masters in, etc. I was offered it and accepted on the spot. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Feb 11, 2014 - 18 answers

Please help me get out of customer service.

I'm twenty-six years old, a university graduate (humanities), and have been working in the same business-to-business customer service job for two years now. It was supposed to be a temporary thing while I figured out what I was doing with my life but I'm still here and I still have no clue, EXCEPT that I've discovered that I hate customers, I hate doing administrative support, I can't stand doing rote work and data entry and in addition to being embarrassed about my job, the work itself is making me thoroughly miserable. It is better paid and less soul-crushing than most customer service jobs, and we have considerably more autonomy than I am led to understood most other customer service positions have, but it's still a grind. I don't see any possibility for upward mobility at my current company and I want out. Please help me get a career. [more inside]
posted by sea change on Feb 8, 2014 - 8 answers

What fields are good for problem-solving?

I'm good at standardized tests, much better than I am at learning. What careers might lend themselves to those sort of skills? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Feb 7, 2014 - 20 answers

Help me prepare for two big work meetings about possible new roles

I’m looking to make a move to a different role and location of the Mega Corp I work in. Have two meetings set up with people who could make that happen. Now what? Please help me understand the perspective of the bosses I'm meeting with and what I might say now that I have made these meetings happen! Background and specific question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

How to weigh very different career options

I have an unexpected opportunity to apply for an executive director job, but I'm not sure what I want. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2014 - 3 answers

Information about the "best" Masters degree to get?

I'm looking to make a career change and I'm carefully considering which Master's degree is least likely to leave me unemployed and with (more) debt. I know there are websites out there suggesting the best degrees to get, and I know it depends on personal interest, but I'm interested in finding s reputable information source on what degrees are (and aren't) likely to work out well for me. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Feb 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Pursuing my dreams vs. not dying penniless

I'm an engineer by training and by day, with a comfortable paycheck. My evening hobby has been Music Directing community musical theater. I recently took a weeklong masterclass/intensive that has made me realize that I need this to be a bigger part of my life. Can I take it to the next level and make it my job? [more inside]
posted by jeffjon on Feb 3, 2014 - 14 answers

Finding meaningful work and having an awesome marriage

I'm struggling with choosing between a town I don't like, my marriage and starting a career as after graduating in April 2013. Where should I go from here? [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Jan 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Careers in Women's Economic Empowerment

I have a young relative who is graduating from college in the spring. She is interested in a career in women's economic empowerment, preferably working abroad. Help me help her get off to a good start! [more inside]
posted by rada on Jan 31, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I be of best use to the world?

I'm looking to change careers and my goal is to be doing "that what is most effective towards helping the world". I asked in a previous question "What is the cause with the most leverage" and since then effective altruism seemed to be the best solution for making a difference on the biggest scale. But if I wanted to help that cause it seems like there's no better way to do it than to make a ton of money. Other than earn a ton of money, I suppose I could try to work for an organization like LifeYouCanSave. But would I be necessarily of greatest help doing that i.e suppose they have all the help they need other than people to donate. I'm not looking for importance or anything. If somehow standing on a corner counting how many red cars go by is the best thing I can be doing for the world, then so be it. I just want to know that I'm being useful.
posted by defmute on Jan 30, 2014 - 19 answers

Decent full-time first job vs. waiting for career-forming opportunities

Hi helpful friends! I asked you how to get this amazing entry-level marketing job a few weeks ago and it worked! Well...I have a third interview! Thanks so much and expect a "how to do well in group interviews" question later :) I'm a business management student majoring in marketing. I'm pretty lucky for a soon-to-be-graduate...I have a couple of very exciting opportunities that could really shape my career. However, I'm confused as to which way to go. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Jan 28, 2014 - 13 answers

Do I completely change my family's life for a dream job opportunity?

I have been offered a dream career position. All signs indicate that I will excel at the job, and in a few years I may be in a technical leadership position with amazing potential and significant rewards. However, it will require my wife and I to move across the country, away from family and friends. How do we make such a difficult choice? [more inside]
posted by RobotNinja on Jan 26, 2014 - 46 answers

Hate my boss, not paid enough. How do I phrase that in an interview?

I want a new job. Why? Because my second-level manager is a jerkoff and because I don't get paid enough. How do I spin this in a future interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 17 answers

I feel like I’m not good enough. How can I battle my depression

I’m a 25 year old female and have been going through a lot of depression over the past year, mostly in the areas of finance and romance. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 on Jan 25, 2014 - 19 answers

Need a mentor for the application process to Clinical Psych PhD programs

I am doing a post-bac program in Psychology and hoping to apply to a Clinical Psychology PhD program (I know that for practitioner focus, PsyD's are recommended but FUNDING IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I have already gone into ~$100K of debt to do this post bac program as a result of career change. If there are PsyD programs that provide funding I would be into that too. Just looking to shape a strategy here). I want to know how I can find a mentor who can give me good advice through this process because I'm kind of at a loss when thinking about and structuring my approach to applying. [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on Jan 24, 2014 - 5 answers

I'm not sure my new job is a good fit...

I have been in a new job for about four weeks. I have moved from another industry into government. I was expecting it to be quite different to my old role, but I'm not sure that I like it. Do I start applying for new jobs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me decide between becoming an RN or a Nuclear Medicine Technologist

Are you, or is someone you know, a Nuclear Medicine Technologist? Can you tell me more about the field, about your day-to-day duties, and your quality of life? [more inside]
posted by Pizzarina Sbarro on Jan 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Suddenly Steve Wozniak: My partner on a project thinks he's in charge

I suddenly feel like I understand Steve Wozniak. I started a major project / event with a partner. My partner behaves as if he is the sole leader, even though the project was created at my prompting, and I'm an expert in the field. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2014 - 18 answers

Creative, ADD-friendly jobs that do not require much multitasking?

I am an inattentive ADD-er, and have a difficult time juggling tasks. I recently finished two jobs that were unsuitable for me, and am contemplating a career change. I'd like to hear job or career suggestions that do not involve much multitasking and would play to my strengths. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jan 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Looking to pay (a nominal amt) for a reputable, quality resume service

Willing to pay (a non-exorbitant) fee for resume help. I have a (mostly positive) but really weird background. Some details inside, but more looking for any companies/services people have used that they were very happy with. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Career counselor in the Seattle area?

I'm looking for a career counselor in the Seattle area, one with experience helping women returning to the workforce. I want someone to help me long-term with moving into a career I can love, probably at a nonprofit. Recommendations?
posted by The corpse in the library on Jan 14, 2014 - 3 answers

From design to health insurance specialist: transfer credit/ how to?

Design degrees from Europe, 6 years experience as retail planner/analyst : want to move to health care specialist/analyst. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Jan 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

From ABD to MD

Leaving academia and going into medicine: when to jump ship? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Yet another career question - what is so terrible about being a lawyer?

I decided that I want to be a lawyer. It was a childhood goal although for some time, I was quite lost as to what I wanted to be when I complete university. Over the past year or so, I have been leaning more and more towards law but people keep telling me not to do it because being a lawyer sucks. I like reading, researching and analyzing. I like writing. I like reading court cases. This should make me a good fit for being a lawyer... right? What should I ask myself if I want to determine whether or not law school would be a good fit and eventual path for my career? [more inside]
posted by cyml on Jan 11, 2014 - 38 answers

Dust myself off? Okay, how?

At the age of 50-something, it appears that I've seriously failed at life. Some years ago, I left a stable and well-paid career for one that I thought would be more interesting. It did not work out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2014 - 21 answers

From day job to walking dogs

I'm interested in starting a dog-walking service, and am seeking strategies for transitioning into this from a full-time day job. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jan 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Where can I volunteer at an archive in NYC? (I have no experience.)

I'm starting to explore a career change and I want to figure out whether I'd enjoy being an archivist. I'm 40, but I don't have any experience in archiving, so first I want to find out whether I'd like it. I live in Manhattan and have a regular 9-5 day job. I currently work as an editor at a legal publishing company and I'm a former lawyer. I enjoy American political and social history. I also like the arts (especially old movies and theater). I'm interested in working with historical documents and/or digital archives. I understand that not every volunteer experience might include access to those; I'm just trying to give a sense of my interests. I also wouldn't mind talking to a working archivist to get a sense of what the work is like.
posted by Tin Man on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm possibly moving in 6-8 months and not sure how I'll make money

My girlfriend is in the middle of applying to phd programs all over the country, and a parallel job job (k-12 educator) may not be easily available where we're going. I'm trying to prepare for alternatives so I can land on my feet. [more inside]
posted by lownote on Jan 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Registered nurse vs physician assistant

Hello. I need your opinion on going back to school. I currently work in healthcare in a hospital lab as a technician. I make good money don't get me wrong but I would like more responsability, more clinical diagnosis and treatment related job. I want to interact with patients and be a more important person than just a lab tech. I am thinking nursing school or physician assistant school. Please tell me the reality on the field, which one job gives you more satisfaction: pa or rn?i am 27, almost married,no kids, no house. I have a bachelor in biology/ medical technology. Do you think the rn to nurse practitioner is a better option than the physician assistant?
posted by barexamfreak on Dec 28, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I figure out workplace culture...as a job-seeker?

I'm currently employed, but looking for a new position, due in part to cultural aspects of my current job that are a bad fit. How do I figure out the culture of a prospective employer without dooming my candidacy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 28, 2013 - 15 answers

Aspergers Career Paths?

I'm somebody who's classic Aspergers (very focused interests, excellent with little pieces of data, sociable but utterly clueless), who's increasingly aware a lot of jobs revolve around the political side of things, and who's currently tossing up on university courses for future career potential (environmental/geosciences being a current lock). [more inside]
posted by solarion on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Give a kind bit of advice to a young lady adrift in the sea of life.

My brain is swirling with options and I just need kind advice. I have no shoulder on which I may settle my weight for a moment's rest. I beg your listening ear!Should I sit tight and save or make a move to take pressure off my vehicle? It needs to last me a few years.... How can I escape the white trash wastes I have been condemned to? [more inside]
posted by Driven on Dec 26, 2013 - 34 answers

Good job offer's deadline is up, but a preferred job offer is incoming.

I have a good job offer in hand, but the deadline was today, and a preferred job offer is close enough that they say they're just waiting for the offer letter to be signed. Special details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2013 - 19 answers

My friend doesn't want to be an admin assistant anymore

One of my good friends has been an administrative assistant for the past few years and is getting depressed and burnt out. What types of jobs can he get with his skills? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Dec 21, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me find the right Master’s Programme specialising in Oil in Germany

Hi there, I’m in a conundrum - I hold a Bachelors Degree in Physics and I am currently searching for a Master’s Programme at a German University specialising in the management of Oil resources and/or the relation to Oil and Physics that I studied. [more inside]
posted by theTrap on Dec 20, 2013 - 3 answers

How on earth do you earn this much money?

This story about an IBM sales executive earning AUD $295,000 with a bonus of up to $1 million after allegedly earning $9 million in revenue for the firm, has made me really curious. In my industry, salaries top out around the low six figures. What does a job like this look like? [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Dec 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Tell me about nonprofit marketing

Do any Mefites work in nonprofit marketing? Can you tell me a little about what it's like and how to get started in it? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Dec 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Therapist in midtown Manhattan? Software; life changes?

Are you/were you a software developer or PhD researcher who is or was having horrific career issues? Do you/did you really like your therapist? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 16, 2013 - 2 answers

Is this investing in my future or is this a stupid decision?

I've been offered to be hired where I have been a contractor. However, there is a health insurance issue that would cost me a lot of money for several months. But I would have a great retirement plan. I have nothing in savings and $100k I just consolidated in student loans, so this issue is just complicating things. [more inside]
posted by McSockerson The Great on Dec 15, 2013 - 14 answers

I'm a grown-up, but I still don't know what I want to be...

Having spent the last year+ underemployed, I need a new direction. I've got a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a dormant PE license, and a dead-end resume. I'm currently "working" for profits from an unprofitable mechanic shop doing brakes, radiators, and whatnot. It seems like all the engineering job listings require deep, specific experience--so I'm not qualified-- or are entry-level and I'm overqualified. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Dec 15, 2013 - 16 answers

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