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Should I go to school to be a SysAdmin?

I can't find work in my field and am increasingly desperate. I need to find some kind of path to employment and have been looking at my options in my local community college. Can you all help me make sense of IT as a career option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 12 answers

How do I overcome my cognitive biases to figure out what I'm good at?

The infrequently mentioned counterpoint to the Dunning-Kruger effect is that people who are better than average at something underestimate their skills. Self-evaluation is hard. I know that I personally have a hefty dose of impostor syndrome and distorted thinking to add to that cognitive bias, but how do I adjust for this? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

Co-workers work through their lunch break

How can I not appear lazy to co-workers for not working during break? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Nov 12, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me find this blog entry(?) by a regretful, semitalented cartoonist.

Many years ago, I read a blog entry or the like by a person who followed his dream to be a cartoonist, despite not being very talented, and regretted his decision. Help me find it! [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Can an engineer escape from a black hole?

I have an engineering degree and seven years of experience working as a mechanical engineer in a niche industry. I was laid off over a year ago, and I still can't find a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

In PhD program, trying to decide next career move.

Am I competitive enough to get a job in academia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me find the words

I'm exploring career possibilities and wondering if what I want to do has a name. I'll explain inside. [more inside]
posted by miaow on Nov 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Is it too late to change careers, nationalities, everything?

I have a masters degree in a relatively obscure field, an even more specialized professional history, a BA in French, no relationship, and lots of consumer and student debt. What is the likelihood that a youngish 30ish woman in that situation could pick up and move to another country? [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Oct 31, 2014 - 23 answers

How do make peace with my career anxieties so I can update my C.V.?

I am going to defend my Ph.D. in a few months. That means I really need to be applying for jobs. But I haven't touched my C.V. in months--years, probably--because every time I think about it I get overwhelmed by waves of anxiety and despair and impostor syndrome. How do I get past that and update the damn thing so I can start sending it out? [more inside]
posted by cortisol on Oct 30, 2014 - 11 answers

How to apply for my DREAM job, without sounding too much like a fanboy.

I am about to send off my application for a job posting for what is my DREAM position. It is a 3-month paid internship with a major medical humanitarian aid organization. This is an office-based administrative position in a major Canadian city, and seems to have a lot of overlap in tasks with some of their other permanent positions, as well as their field-based positions. In terms of skills, experience, and interests, I feel as though I am a strong candidate for the position. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Oct 29, 2014 - 16 answers

Can you recommend a career counsellor in Toronto?

Does anyone have a good career counsellor in Toronto that can look over my resumé and come up with a good job hunting strategy? [more inside]
posted by jmmpangaea on Oct 28, 2014 - 3 answers

Looking for advice to break into my career.

I am really hoping for some advice to help get me my first entry level job in a lab. Preferably relating to my forensic science/chemistry degree. [more inside]
posted by Blue Minutiae on Oct 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Marketable Skills - quickly!

I'm a woman in my early 40s with no real marketable skills that make me stand out in job hunting. I currently have a job in Montreal, but I'm originally from Toronto and for various reasons, I'm planning on moving back. I'd like to learn some skill(s) in the next 6 months or so (planning on moving July 1) that will hopefully make a significant increase in the likelihood that I can find a job quickly once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Need help brainstorming/planning transitions to a postacademic career

Yep, sorry, another "I quit my humanities PhD and I have no idea how the real world works" thread. Except I haven't actually quit yet; this is more like advance research. It's seeming increasingly likely that I may have to leave ABD for the sake of my mental health, so I'm looking for input on how to manage the early stages of a transition to a career (ideally arts-related) where I'll have little relevant background. This post is also an early step in my effort to encourage more constructive coping behaviors after fairly serious depression. [more inside]
posted by urufu on Oct 23, 2014 - 9 answers

Being your own boss

You work for yourself. How did you get there? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Job-hunting for the first time in a while. Upgrade my employment, how?

Despite my people skills and ample experience with booze, I had to leave the food and beverage industry. I'm going to school part-time for civil engineering this spring. What positions and roles should I be looking at, especially if I want to increase my payrate? How can I best define and "sell" my skills on my resume and in person? How do I find places that will have a position for me? [more inside]
posted by TreeDodger on Oct 22, 2014 - 4 answers

career help: Art, Graphic Design, Marketing?? ?

Hello all!! I'm losing sleep over this.. 24 year old almost 25. My current situation is that I am teaching English abroad. I have a degree from a prominent university in an unrelated field (BA). I love art, especially illustration, and I also enjoy graphic design. But I can't decide between marketing and graphic design. [more inside]
posted by fueras on Oct 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I do this job interview?

Should I do this job interview, even though it could actually hurt my chances of getting the job I want? [more inside]
posted by miyabo on Oct 19, 2014 - 6 answers

Husband laid off after 8 years. What now?

My husband was just laid off. He'll have about six months of severance ahead of him. He's 32 years old and has been in the same job for 8 years. Given his qualifications, what do you recommend we look for in terms of new jobs? Kansas City area but interested in moving, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by agress on Oct 17, 2014 - 12 answers

Ambition: to have or not to have?

Too much ambition and you end up being disappointed for not achieving your goals. Too little, you're unattractive. How to strike a balance? [more inside]
posted by knz on Oct 16, 2014 - 35 answers

Company in turmoil; how to talk myself down off the panic ledge?

My company is undergoing the first steps into being sold. How do I stop panicking long enough to figure out my next steps? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Oct 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Am I reaching for the unreachable? Career woes....

Approaching nearly 34 in a couple of months, and have been unemployed since end of June, I'm not so sure I can afford to be fussy when it comes to applying for specific roles/industries. I read 'What colour is your parachute', and it was very informative. Identified the skills I love to use and equally use very proficiently, the environments I would like to work within, and the people I would like to work with. The reality of applying for such roles/industries I am not so sure is a logical process to follow. I worry I am being 'too fussy' as a result of reading that job.... [more inside]
posted by emma33UK on Oct 13, 2014 - 8 answers

Help my wife choose a career

Since leaving university a few years ago with a humanities degree (human geography with Spanish), my wife's mostly worked as a temp in an admin position for the same company. Her plan was to do this while deciding what she really wanted to do; two years later, and she's still no closer to making any decisions but as dissatisfied with her current work as ever... [more inside]
posted by jonrob on Oct 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Coding Dojo: worth the money?

So I'm seriously considering doing one of these newfangled coding bootcamps, Coding Dojo in particular. Before I drop a lot of money on it, I want to ask - is it worth the money? [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Oct 9, 2014 - 10 answers

Challenges of measuring progress

What are good ideas how to measure progress towards life goals and future projects? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Oct 8, 2014 - 11 answers

Jobs Like Journalism, Minus the Writing

I've been working in either journalism or communications for a few years now and while I like it a lot, I feel like I still haven't quite found the right job. What are some career trajectories for someone who is really good at research, loves talking to people, and has an overwhelming sense of curiosity, but is tired of writing everyday. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Oct 8, 2014 - 14 answers

Jobs for space aliens

I am wondering if there are any particular jobs or career fields out there that are more forgiving of the weaknesses of the inattentive ADHDer. Or magical hacks to make a normal office job not suck like an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Anything to be done? Great job but supervisor doesn't like me.

The very good news: A couple months ago I started a new job that I love. It's a high stress career, but basically my dream job. I get along well with almost all of my colleagues, including my peers, the big boss (person in charge of the organization), and big boss's second in command. [more inside]
posted by picardythird on Oct 6, 2014 - 13 answers

How to look for a job efficiently in the internet age?

The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Oct 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Aiming for confidence in second career, despite Impostor Syndrome

I am a middle-aged person who changed careers about six years ago. I love my second career, data visualization; I have dreamed of doing this as a job for decades. I really want to excel, because I think it's a fascinating and useful field. I love to pore over the amazing, beautiful, limit-expanding work being done by others... who I then always remember are highly trained specialists, way out of my league. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses on Oct 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Take this job offer?

I turned down a job offer. I regretted it, and then I got laid off. Then I asked them again and interviewed with a bunch of other companies. I got the offer again, but there is another company I really like. Should I just take it since it's a "bird in hand" and it's the second time, or should I ask for more time and consider all my options? [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Sep 30, 2014 - 9 answers

Healthy ways to avoid the hurt of loneliness.

How do I safely navigate through life without having to succumb to loneliness? Is it possible? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Sep 28, 2014 - 9 answers

Career advice: where to go from admin work?

I've recently had some temporary administrative assistant positions and I'm looking to figure out how to move into some other field. [more inside]
posted by shoyu on Sep 26, 2014 - 8 answers

what are some steps that I can take towards my ideal career set-up?

I have an idea of what I think would be my ideal career set up (involving social, ethnographic and/or market research in China) , but am not too clear on the next steps to take. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Sep 26, 2014 - 2 answers

Should I have to earn EDOs to cover excess family care time?

Boss is proposing that I accumulate EDO (extra) time and use it to make up time caring my my daughter when she's sick. He says the average days off (family care +personal sick days) at our company is 5 and I'm too far beyond that ( 9 total out of an entitlement of 3 family care + 9 personal sick days). I think he is going to bring it up again today. Is this a fair and reasonable request? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Sep 26, 2014 - 32 answers

Found out I have a learning disability and a high IQ, what do?

My basic question concerns what I should do with my life, or how to find that out for myself. I'm 29 years old, have been in and out of colleges and tech schools my whole life and recently discovered that despite having a 130+ IQ I have a "massive and crippling" visual processing learning disability. I know I have the potential to do something great/interesting/satisfying with my life, so how do I get there? [more inside]
posted by deadwater on Sep 23, 2014 - 16 answers

How to decide on a career?

I graduated in English Lit. around 8 years ago, and I've tried working in a few different areas - banking, hospitality, teaching. I've just relocated back to London and I'm looking to make a career change, but I'm not sure which direction I should go in. [more inside]
posted by sunbeam89 on Sep 23, 2014 - 7 answers

Career in communications or vet tech?

Pursee a career in communications or as a vet tech? [more inside]
posted by DeltaForce on Sep 21, 2014 - 9 answers

What should I be when I grow up? (Post-PhD edition)

Now that I've finally figured out that "tenure-track professor in the humanities" isn't actually a real job that exists in 2014, I'd appreciate help figuring out what job possibilities might be a good match for my strengths, weaknesses, and priorities. [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear on Sep 21, 2014 - 28 answers

What should I do with my PhD?

I will soon be the proud owner of a PhD in neuroscience and pharmacology, and I still love scientific research, but I don't know where to go next. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2014 - 8 answers

How do find a job or career where compassion, sensitivity are assets?

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Should I study to become a cranial osteopath?

I am not sure if I should spend 4 or 5 years training to be an osteopath in London, which is where I live, or if I should give up this idea completely. I've been thinking about becoming an osteopath for a while now, but I am 23 which means I will be at least 27 by the time I finish, which is quite late, plus will be significantly poorer. There are other things to take into consideration, explained more in detail inside. [more inside]
posted by akita on Sep 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Help Me Level Up My Tech Credentials

I'm a self-taught web applications programmer/sysadmin. How can I make myself more attractive to prospective employers? What certs/education should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by signsofrain on Sep 15, 2014 - 2 answers

Learning Programming Intensively != Intensive Bootcamp

How would you run the cost-benefit analysis of learning to program on one's own versus completing a programming bootcamp? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Sep 13, 2014 - 6 answers

How to succeed in business without ever flying

What categories of (or what specific) jobs and/or career paths in large corporations are least likely to require travel with turnaround and/or distance that necessitates flying? What types of industries (while otherwise thriving) seem to be paring down their travel budgets and relying more on videoconferencing and similar tech? What about government jobs? Are you a highly successful ........ and don't, or at least have never been required to, fly for work? I would love to know about your job. [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Sep 11, 2014 - 27 answers

Early Morning Job Ideas?

Trying to revive my entrepreneurial spirit with a dose of early morning action and some financial security. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Can you name some international careers, please?

I am in the middle of deciding what I want to do with my life, and I need your help. It has to be something I can do in several countries or remotely (free-lance is only possible if I can still get a visa.) [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Sep 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Medical Coding: In over my head?

I've been taking the American Assoc. of Professional ( Coders' CPC-H certification course in medical coding for facilites. To be perfectly honest, I did this on a whim (I spent all of two days researching "start-from-scratch" career paths, thinking that was the only way to go for someone in my position). I liked the idea of a decent salary after taking a six-month long course and doing a year or so of internships. It seemed to be my key to validation as a productive adult. I'm a quarter of the way into the course, though, and I feel like I'm in way, way over my head. I paid over $2000 for the course and related materials/exams. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 7, 2014 - 17 answers

Discouraged with my job prospects-- how to stop feeling worthless?

I graduated recently with a BA in English, and was set on academia so naturally I pursued a masters. Around the time of submitting my thesis I started work in an entry-level admin type role, which I have been at for the past year. My thesis was recently passed, and I'll graduate this autumn. [more inside]
posted by sociology on Sep 5, 2014 - 16 answers

Yet another career advice question from a frustrated software developer

For most of my career I've just floated downstream taking a position that seemed interesting enough, or at least an improvement - and then found myself unhappy when it wasn't a good fit. I want to be more intentional in my job search this time - I'm hoping the wise folks of green might have some ideas of industries and jobs I should be researching. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Sep 5, 2014 - 3 answers

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