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How can I get through med school if I dislike group work?

I've just started medical school and the emphasis on group work is overwhelming me. I know that medicine is generally a team-oriented profession. I have certainly worked well in teams before, and found it enjoyable. I am affable and pulling my own weight is never an issue. Still, the fact that I have to work in a group for four hours a day, five days a week, is draining me like no other. I am angsty and tired. Please, fellow introverts and independent workers, especially those who are familiar with medical education -- how might you approach working in a heavily team-oriented environment? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Sep 8, 2013 - 13 answers

 

Work meeting

Help me navigate an awkward meeting at work. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Sep 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Do I want to be a therapist?

I'm thinking about becoming a therapist. Is this a good idea, and how do I get there if it is? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Sep 6, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I believe in myself again and make a choice I can truly own?

After years of parental pressure and self-conflict, I no longer know: do I want to be a doctor or not? I am paralyzed with self-doubt and indecision and have repeatedly shot myself in the foot. How can I stop spinning my wheels, climb out of the deep rut I dug myself, make a choice and act on it with conviction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2013 - 24 answers

How to work in mental health industry?

I'm interested in working in the mental health industry. How can I start dipping my toe in the water? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 4, 2013 - 3 answers

At a job 2.5 years: should I stay or should I go?

What questions did you think on when considering moving on from a job that you don’t hate but could use a fresh start? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Legal Career Advice

I am looking for some career advice regarding search techniques and information about non-traditional legal jobs that I may be overlooking. I am interested in international law, environmental law, administrative law, and trade and investment law. I have work experience in international law and have also lived and studied abroad. Prior to law school I worked in finance for four years (my undergraduate degree is in international finance), I am located in the Northeast, and I am awaiting results from the bar exam which I took this past July. [more inside]
posted by allthingsconsidered on Sep 2, 2013 - 5 answers

Probably I would make a fantastic goat herder

I'm seeking input on ways to make a living. Difficulty: I am dreamy, quiet, intuitive, and non-process-oriented. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Sep 1, 2013 - 13 answers

I feel like I'm imprisoned at my current job. How do I get out fast?

I've been working at the same company for 8 years. I initially started working there as a temp and wanted to quit within the first week, but didn't for some reason, and then I was hired permanently a couple of months after temping. Anyway, while I do have more duties since I was hired, my basic job has not changed at all. I work in an insurance company mainly doing data entry, project work and anything else they throw at me. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 on Aug 26, 2013 - 7 answers

How to get time off new job for mental health reasons

I recently started a new job that has a very strict attendance policy and I have no vacation or sick time accrued. My doctor has recommended to me that I attend a 2 week inpatient program for the mental issues I've been dealing with. I'm still thinking about it, but if I did decide to do it, who at my company do I need to speak to and what should I say so that I don't end up losing my job for taking that time off. This is my first job so your answers can assume I know absolutely nothing about how these things work.
posted by theshire on Aug 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Help! Entering HR career from JD/MBA

I'm in the middle of a JD/MBA. How can I plan my time to enter HR as a career? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the non-lawyer legal job market like?

A friend of mine has suggested that I apply for a job as a receptionist in a law office, with the suggestion that they tend to promote internally and that it could be an avenue into work as a legal assistant/paralegal. Could this be a huge mistake? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Aug 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Yet another "should we breakup" question

Yet another "should we breakup" question [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2013 - 40 answers

Am I overreacting or is this totally illegal/wrong?

The new job I applied for called a work reference I did not authorize and I got a bad review. Should I leave this entire job off my resume? Bonus general career anxiety/issues inside! [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Aug 21, 2013 - 28 answers

Help me figure out the next steps please

How do I recover from my mistakes and rough start in work life? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Aug 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Still having problems -- "greatness", self-comparison, etc.

I initially felt better after last week’s question, but everything came back... I think the answers last week (which were very helpful, by the way) helped me resolve specific career questions, but not the underlying emotional issues. I’ll try to explain it better this time. [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Aug 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Help a struggling freelance metallurgist/jeweler

My mom's current gentleman companion, "Fred", works out of his home as a metallurgist/jeweler. He has been making Southwestern style jewelry for decades, and from what I can tell he is very talented. He also makes gorgeous knives and tomahawks. He is older, not particularly tech-savvy, and he is having trouble making ends meet. Help me to help Fred become more successful. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Aug 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me figure out a career/educational path

I'm current at my first job out of school and have been here almost two years now. It hasn't been what I expected, and sadly, not in a positive way. It's a very niche field with limited cross-applications and, frankly, I have no interest in delving deeper into it. It's definitely time for a job, if not career, change. My dissatisfaction with my current circumstances, however, still leaves me with a myriad of other options that I'm having trouble narrowing down and I'd appreciate it if people could weigh in a bit and maybe resolve this analysis paralysis I'm having. [more inside]
posted by ndr on Aug 14, 2013 - 8 answers

How do you "keep calm and carry on" after a massive screw up?

I messed up big time at work. Like...really big time. How do I deal with the ball of stress and panic and guilt burning in my stomach? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2013 - 35 answers

Dream opportunity for a machine design engineer?

Help a business-illiterate engineer formulate an approach for evaluating an exciting business/career opportunity. [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Aug 14, 2013 - 5 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

How do I grow marijuana legally for a living?

I live in Arizona, where medical cannabis has been state law for two years now. The industry is still a wee sapling, and it's a dream of mine to legally grow and sell to dispensaries and to patients directly. This is the best time to make my dream happen, before the market blossoms, yeah? Puns aside, I'm having significant trouble finding accurate and helpful information on the internet--how do I do legal cannabis growing? What's the application I need to turn in to which department to receive which license? What are the do's and don't's and points of etiquette in handling a federally illegal substance? Tell me what I need to know! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2013 - 11 answers

I want to work for an international NGO, but how?

I'm graduating from college this spring and I'm very interested in working with an international NGO. I know there are organizations monitoring elections, promoting democracy, installing networks and computers in villages, interviewing rebels and citizens… but how can I work for one? Ideally I'd like to travel a lot, or at least be based somewhere abroad (not the US). [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on Aug 13, 2013 - 14 answers

Help me pick a path in the software industry

I'm changing careers into the software industry and I am having difficulty choosing a path – lots of different roles look REALLY appealing. If you are working or hiring in the industry, can you advise me on a good route? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I make my work experience relevant for a job in academia?

I am in need of some help... I've just completed an M.A. in Anthropology, I'm trying to pull together a CV for a job teaching as an adjunct professor or community college professor. I don't have professional teaching experience, even though I've got loads of experience teaching to my peers in graduate seminars. (I'm also not sure how to convey that, other than in a cover letter.) I've got some of my written work (Academia.edu), and one of my presentations on YouTube. I'm in the process of revising some other papers to put on Academia.edu... Hoping, I suppose, that displaying my work will make me a better candidate. Now, here's the question: How can I make my existing (non-teaching!) work experience relevant to applying for academic jobs? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Aug 12, 2013 - 10 answers

What degree/trade is worth the student loans?

I've got a little money I'm thinking about turning into some classes/training for a serious career change. With education at such a high price, I would need to pick a career/trade that can pay off the loans I would need to complete. I'm looking at trades, skilled craftwork, 2-year degrees, and 4-year degrees. Got any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 9, 2013 - 26 answers

Career transition advice in context of move to .be, .nl, .de, or .fi?

Hello folks. I am looking for a sense of some appropriate approaches to preparing for a move and likely related career transition. Referrals to career counselors with experience in this area in one of our likely host countries are appreciated as well. Context below. [more inside]
posted by mijn_valieske on Aug 7, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I start taking my job seriously again?

The job that I used to love has become dreadfully slow and boring because many of our projects have been cancelled or postponed due to the economy. I'm losing interest fast and starting to perform badly and not feel guilty about it. How can I change my attitude? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I find the right career counselor for me?

How do I find a career counselor to take me to the next level while changing industries? [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Aug 6, 2013 - 1 answer

How did you know when to go?

When and how did you decide to stay at or leave a job you kinda liked and an employer you'd been at for a long time? Is it good to stay or have I been here too long? That's the situation I am in. I feel like I'm stuck, but I also feel like I'd be giving up a good thing. What can I do to help decide? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me figure out if there's a market out there for what I want to do?

I have been a travel agent at a small incentive company for 10 years and am considering starting my own freelance business. How do I determine if there is a market out there for what I want to do? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Aug 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I apply to be the new boss? Yikes!

A new management role has been created at my large nonprofit workplace. Thanks to some restructuring, I (a mid-level person with no management responsibilities) will be reporting to the person in this new position. I am considering applying for it. The new job is directly related to what I do. I have excellent understand of the culture and the organization (very important for this new role), but the new position would be a stretch for me in terms of experience, especially management experience. Should I apply? Also, can you offer advice on how I can approach this opportunity with more confidence and go-for-it-ness? Details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

How to curb career-related jealousy in a relationship?

My boyfriend (of 8 months) and I work in the same industry, but have different aspirations and skillsets. We more or less started "on the same level," but he's shooting quickly up the ladder since getting a promotion and I'm stuck in an awful rut at my current company. How do I cope with this? [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Aug 2, 2013 - 8 answers

Movin' on up - What do I need to know?

I'm about to go through some serious life changes (first "real" job, first time living alone, etc.) and could use some advice seeing as I don't really feel like an adult... [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210 on Aug 2, 2013 - 22 answers

Should I go back to school for accounting?

Accountants of metafilter! Should I attempt to become one of your number? I have a secretarial gig at a university. I want to continue working at the university for as much of my career as possible, and I'd like more responsibility and challenge. In my current role, I do some proto-accounting stuff unique to this position (some reporting, some tracking of numbers, some fancy work with Excel). I enjoy these parts of my job. This leads me to wonder whether I should get an accounting degree. [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 31, 2013 - 19 answers

Changing Careers Back (or The Once and Future Techie)

I made a career change (technology to law) a few years ago, and now I'd like to change back, as I had a decent career before and have a pretty foul one now. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2013 - 9 answers

Tell me why do you want to leave your job after only a month?

On paper it looks like I want to leave my job one month after I started. Due to the relationship between the last two companies I have worked for I've essentially worked for the same company for ten years. How best to explain that on a resume and in an interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2013 - 10 answers

6 Month Old Promotion Never Finalized Before Layoffs

I accepted a new position at my company with the caveat that it would take a significant amount of time to have the new position, and significant promotion, finalized by HR. It is in the same department as my previous position, but with a new direct boss (I work for a VP now, rather than a manager). I’ve excelled, despite the significantly higher amount of work, responsibility, and visibility to the higher-ups in the rest of the company. However, company wide layoffs (~90% of my building) were announced to occur at the end of the summer, and now I’m at a loss how to depict this on my resume. [more inside]
posted by Annon E Moose on Jul 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Programmers - staying organized at work?

Developers (and other professionals with too much to learn) - how do you keep everything straight? How do you stay organized? How do you deal with really steep learning curves? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Jul 30, 2013 - 26 answers

Help, I’m in My Twenties and I Can't Get Out

After graduating into the recession in 2009 with a B.A. in neuroscience and English I spent the first couple of years of my post-college life just trying to get by rather than focusing on “What I Want To Do With My Life” or pursuing grad school or a career. Now that I’ve had a few years of job stability and the economic freedom to do something different, what should I start doing with my life? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Jul 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Q: Why are you leaving your job at XYZ? A: Because of my boss

So, when someone asks "why are you leaving your job at XYZ?" I'm looking for a good and truthful answer that doesn't leave me in a bad light. [more inside]
posted by jseven on Jul 29, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me not second guess the decision I want to make

I've been agonizing over making a career choice for over a year. Now it's crunch time- I need to commit to a path like NOW and figure out how to live with it and not second guess my decision. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 12 answers

How would you want to be turned down for a job?

I'm in the process of interviewing mid-senior level candidates and would like to let them know when they are not making it to the next level in the process. If you were a job hunter in this situation what would you want to hear while being turned down for further consideration? I'm looking for an email script! [more inside]
posted by rainydayfilms on Jul 26, 2013 - 30 answers

Possible careers for an extrovert who is good with introverts?

I have a friend who's working out what she wants to pursue for a career. Her degree is in Communications, she's worked in marketing, and non-profit communications and outreach and been very good at those jobs - but gets frustrated with office politics and structural disorganization. Her most stand-out quality is that she's extremely sociable and friendly, and especially good at getting people out of their shells. Are there any possible career paths that would let her use those skills without trapping her in a large corporation or cubicle? [more inside]
posted by missix on Jul 26, 2013 - 11 answers

I have a big task ahead of me today...

I have a new client, and I have to deliver a project by the end of the day. Doing the work I love is a dream come true, but in all honesty, I feel I will vomit out of nervousness. Any advice for someone beginning a challenging new career?
posted by Cybria on Jul 26, 2013 - 7 answers

Tips on getting a job in Healthcare?

I am trying to make a career change. I'm really interested in healthcare but I'm having trouble breaking in. Most non entry-level jobs require direct healthcare experience but I only have some indirect experience (a couple healthcare clients from 5 years of traditional marketing/consulting). Any tips for someone looking to make a career change? Thanks!
posted by shotgunbooty on Jul 25, 2013 - 5 answers

How to transition into software without a CS degree

Career advice filter: I'm currently an experienced research assistant at a major research university (three years out of undergrad) who developed serious programming skills working on NLP projects doing parsing and information retrieval. My undergraduate degree is in Linguistics. I'm attempting a career transition into a more purely technical, software-oriented, possibly NLP-flavored position. Do you have any practical advice for ways that I can showcase my programming abilities and/or convince prospective employers that I am solid candidate (despite the lack of CS degree)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Reinventing my (work)self - how does one start from scratch at 56?

My career as a high end photo retoucher for magazines seems to be winding down, mostly because of the shift from print to digital/ipad consumption of content. Seems that my options are to gear up my portfolio to work for ad agencies, or learn to be a decent illustrator if I stay with it. Even so, I'm not confident that there will be enough work as things move forward. [more inside]
posted by hick57 on Jul 21, 2013 - 2 answers

Do you recommend getting a PHR/SPHR certification?

Where I work, no one has a PHR/SPHR. I don't know enough HR professionals (or, more importantly, non-HR types who hire HR professionals) to determine whether it makes sense to pay this kind of money to get the PHR/SPHR certification, in general. Advice is welcome from anyone who has either data or anecdotes. [more inside]
posted by SMPA on Jul 20, 2013 - 3 answers

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