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What kinds of jobs should I look for other than admin/office stuff?

I've mostly done generic office work but I would like to expand my job search to include more specific things. What fields (with jobs available) would be a good fit? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jun 12, 2013 - 17 answers

I thought I had such a good plan too...

The psychological testing I recently went through as part of my therapy suggests that my would-be career path may not be a great fit after all. Part of me wants to keep trying anyway. Is this a really terrible idea? If it is, how can I make a realistic new plan? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 20 answers

I was a math professor, now I'm a cattle rancher

The Scenario: You were moving along in Industry A, when you switched to Industry B, something totally different. Why did you make the switch, and how? Or - Do you know of any specific stories where this has happened that you can relate? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Jun 9, 2013 - 13 answers

When I come home from work, I no longer want work to come home with me.

I'm in my late 30's and I need a new career, one whose responsibilities focus on the things I am better at while avoiding the things I'm awful at that make me grit my teeth. I'm a bright person, with better than average people skills, innate tech savvy, and terrific problem solving abilities. I am plain-spoken and genuine and I have endless reserves of positivity that put people at ease. But I sink like a stone when asked to tackle long term projects that require planning, organization, and longer-term time management. I'm not amitious and I'm not competitive. I've fought so long to improve at my jobs by addressing these shortcomings, but now I'm wondering if I couldn't just find a job where these skills were less important to begin with. What kind of fields could I be looking into? Additional snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 10 answers

Is speech pathology a good career choice for me?

I love children, am introverted, am really good at science, but am missing about five prerequisite classes in speech and language. Is speech pathology a good career choice for me? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Jun 4, 2013 - 5 answers

A million dollars would be nice, but I'll accept lower

Best ways to respond to the salary question during job interviews when the experience is more valuable then the paycheck? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

What kind of jobs involve a lot of writing?

I like putting words together, whether they're short stories or research and reports. What kind of job would allow me to do more of that? [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Jun 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Freelance editing—how to break in?

Freelance editing—does it exist? How can I break in? What are my prospects? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jun 2, 2013 - 9 answers

What are some careers with good Work/Life Balance?

What are some careers with good Work/Life Balance? A job I don't have to think about outside of work and one that will not leave me drained at the end of the day so I can do other things and have hobbies. Also, a good amount of vacation time, more than a measly 2 weeks. It would be awesome if I could take a month or two off at a time once a year once I get enough seniority. [more inside]
posted by eq21 on Jun 2, 2013 - 27 answers

New to the professional world, how can I expect be evaluated?

I'm relatively new to the working world and I've found that I still have a lot to learn about how things "work" and have found this community to be very helpful in the past. I've only been evaluated once before by the company I posted about before. At the time I didn't realize how ridiculous and unfair/unethical their treatment of employees/clients were so I don't have a good gauge for how my current evaluation will go. I was up for my 90 day evaluation about 30 days ago for my current job and it hasn't happened yet. From my intermediate boss, I hear that its a question of how to adjust my pay that is still being discussed. What could this mean? Is it bad? This is confounded by several special circumstances (below). [more inside]
posted by queenba on Jun 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Quitting-job-filter: Etiquette if Boss is on Vacation

I am currently employed and have been looking for a better job for several months. As luck would have it, an offer for a job I really like may come next week, and said offer will likely come in 2-4 days before my boss goes off for 7 days, but could well come the day he leaves or even after. Snowflake details below the fold... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 1, 2013 - 14 answers

IT Technical Recruiter DFW

Looking for a new job in the DFW area. Anyone know of headhunters or good technical recruiters in Dallas?
posted by flipmiester99 on May 30, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me pick a job

I have been offered positions at two different companies. My stomach is in knots trying to decide between the two. [more inside]
posted by theuninvitedguest on May 29, 2013 - 21 answers

Seeking Upper, Upper Management at a Fortune 500 Oil & Gas Company

The facts: I'm a reservoir engineer at a Fortune 500 oil and gas company. I have six years of experience. I have a BS in Petroleum Engineering from a top school. I've been told I'm on the fast track to management. I've also been told that unless I get an MBA, I'll reach a point in my career one day (maybe 10-15 years in the future) where I can't rise any higher. The question: I realize that there is no black-and-white answer here, but I'm looking for general advice on if I should get my MBA, so as not to plateau in my career advancement possibilities at a major oil and gas firm. Is an MBA generally considered to be a requirement for reaching the upper echelons of management at a Fortune 500? Are enough of my peers getting an MBA that it will be hard to complete with them if I don't also have one? Any advice you can offer, especially with respect to the oil and gas world, would be helpful (that said, advice on Fortune 500's in general is welcome as well). Obviously, getting an MBA is a major personal, professional, and financial commitment, so I want to consider all of the angles. What gives me pause is that when I look at some of the executives in positions I'd like to one day be in (general managers, VPs, or higher), some do not have MBAs.
posted by Shaitan on May 29, 2013 - 17 answers

tech recruiter for a phd?

I'm lacking direction in my job hunt. Can you recommend a specific tech recruiter? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 28, 2013 - 5 answers

Fellow Mefi architects, am I nuts?

I'm considering going into Architecture. Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on May 27, 2013 - 12 answers

What's out there for someone with a new MA in history?

I just graduated with a MA in history. Yay! But what do I now? I'm desperate to find a new job, but I'm not sure what I'm looking for. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 27, 2013 - 9 answers

For the love of God, please help me make up my mind

I need to change careers. But I can't make up my mind about which one to go into, and it's driving me nuts. Please help me understand why I can't make up my mind, or what I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Need help with career in disability (Australia)

I have a scattered work history and have been job hopping too much, not sure where I can go within the industry. Please read more. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on May 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Who has second thoughts about their dream job?

I really can't figure out what I want to do in my life. And it's scaring the crap out of me. At many times I really thought I knew what I wanted and then when I started working... I didn't, at all! I tried really hard to figure out what to do. I majored in political science, been involved in campaigns, and I thought I would just go to law school. But felt uneasy about the whole thing like it was just something I was supposed to do cause I would be good at it. So I decided to work a bit in a medical field, which was followed by living aboard for a few years. Now I'm dabbling in film and thinking about architecture. All amazing experiences but no closer to a conclusion. I feel super strongly about some careers and then realize I only feel strongly about those things because I admire the people in those fields and not necessarily the field itself. Does anyone have a similar story? Any conclusions? Can anyone help?
posted by LaceyCoffee on May 26, 2013 - 16 answers

How do I become a medical coder?

Ideally, I'd like to be prepared for the ICD-10 conversion in 2014. Problem is, I have no experience whatsoever, save medical terminology gleaned from Psych classes. My current position is completely unrelated, I've never held a position in a medical office or hospital, and i do not have a degree in health information management. In light of this, is my goal realistic? If it is - even remotely - where do I start, and is there a way to obtain necessary credentials while still employed full time in an unrelated field? Additionally, I have heard that once certified, it's still relatively difficult to find a first position. How do I ameliorate the stigma of inexperience?
posted by Selena777 on May 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Are you a neuroscientist? Happy in academia? Want to do science...

So I have been working in an entirely different field for the last years and was never entirely sure about what I wanted to do with my life. I am certain at this point that I want to work in a field which involves, you know, nervous systems. Unsurprisingly, I am thinking of academia. [more inside]
posted by epibatidine on May 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Can anyone tell me about UHC in chicago? (United Healthcare Consortium)

Hi, UHC looks pretty interesting as a company. But I am having trouble grasping what the company does in reality (aside for all the marketing material on the website) and what is the REAL mission of this company. UHC is apparently an alliance of university medical center and affiliated hospitals website is www.uhc.edu Anyone in the know? or able to decode what is it they do? what is their role in the industry, .where they stand..etc.
posted by kirikara on May 24, 2013 - 2 answers

New Career Direction for a Geologist/Nerd in the Bay Area

Can you help me evaluate new career directions in the Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by rselover on May 23, 2013 - 6 answers

How to Prepare for Grad School, out of state, and Hit the Ground Running

I will be moving to Boston for Grad school. I would love a checklist of what I need to do to prepare, A. I guess just the move in general, but most importantly B. Making the most of the MPH program and hitting the ground running- 2 years is gonna go by fast. I have to secure housing. I need to make sure that I have enough professional clothes- so I am gonna raid the Loft clearance rack. Other than that, I am looking to find a free online Biostats and Epi course, and looking into/reading up on How to Network- everyone keeps talking about it, and I am a total introvert- so I know I gotta figure that out so I can get a job when I graduate. If such a doc already exist, or something like making the most of grad school (I already have the book Getting What you Came for) please let me know, or otherwise give me your advice on what you think I should do now to prepare and be successful, what you wish you had know or done. thanks!
posted by TRUELOTUS on May 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Is going back to school really worth it?

I am 28 years old and just completed my first semester of college, which I was unable to do when I was younger for a variety of reasons. Is this is a good idea? Much, much more detail inside. [more inside]
posted by PrettyKnitty on May 22, 2013 - 47 answers

What strategies can I use to successfully do a job I don't like?

I need help constructing mental snowshoes that will prevent me from falling into deep drifts of work BS and frustration at a job I can't leave. [more inside]
posted by lastwomanstanding on May 21, 2013 - 14 answers

I want to forget about her, but she's famous now

I wish I could forget about the girl who broke my heart when I was a teenager, but it seems the world doesn't want to let me, because she's famous now, while I'm struggling. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2013 - 47 answers

I want in the industry, but how should I take the first step?

I'm trying to get a specific job title, but it is a difficult one to find. What is the best course of action to take here? [more inside]
posted by Saydur on May 16, 2013 - 7 answers

I graduated in 2008. How do I keep it from ruining the rest of my life?

I’m uncertain about what I should do for a living and thoroughly demoralized about the monetary value of my abilities after a three year post-grad waithood. I want to build a career, but I don't know where to start. I am a rut with legs. Come in, sit down, have some snowflakes, and please help me become a productive member of society. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2013 - 24 answers

I just interviewed for a job and I have no idea if I want it or not.

Assuming I got an offer for this job, how should I make my decision? What would you do? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on May 13, 2013 - 9 answers

Do you have advice for an MPP student ISO research position job?

I'm starting graduate school in the fall: yay! I need to learn an entirely new set of norms around interviews, resumes, etc: oh no! I have a meeting set up with the head of a research institute where I'd LOVE to work there while I'm studying. What do I say? What's OK to ask for? [more inside]
posted by blandcamp on May 13, 2013 - 3 answers

Resources on careers in psychology or choosing a career in general?

I've had a lot of jobs, but no career path. Any ideas for resources that will help me a.: decide if therapy is a career path I want to pursue & b.: learn about other careers that might interest me? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on May 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Interdisciplinary career options?

What careers or jobs might actively look for and value candidates with degrees in quite disparate fields? One example is patent law, where lawyers with science or technical backgrounds are valued. What other instances are there?
posted by Malad on May 10, 2013 - 15 answers

Defaulting on a loan

I am paying back student loan debt that I no longer can because I'm back in full-time education and am not making nearly enough ££. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Rebuilding shattered self-confidence after grad school?

So, now I've got a PhD. But I'm crippled by zero self-confidence as I start applying to industry jobs. Did you rebuild your self-confidence after a PhD? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Rising through the ranks - becoming an outstanding teacher (in the UK)

How and how quickly can I progress from being a trainee teacher this September to helping to run a school as part of its leadership team? [more inside]
posted by monster max on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

When the "very best" isn't good enough

I'm graduating college, but it hasn't gone 100% how it should have. I struggled both academically and mentally (have been getting help for both, but it's a process without any "magic bullet"). I have had a lot of pressure from all sides of the family to go into medicine, but I have to see how it is first (through an internship). How do I confidently defuse their nagging questions and bring them back to reality? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 19 answers

Resume advice?

I'm applying for my first management level position. I have the requisite number of years experience in the relevant field. In addition to that though, I have recent experience co-managing a very large and complex family estate (that of my grandparents'). Help me reflect this in my job application. Smattering of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Jobless, rudderless and miserable post-graduation.

I am utterly, terrifyingly directionless after I left grad school early for financial reasons--I'm jobless and clueless. How can I redirect myself and get back on track? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on May 6, 2013 - 14 answers

What is my college degree really worth?

I saw this comment on a post yesterday, and I'm baffled. The idea that even a recent liberal arts grad averages $36,000 a year seems inconceivable to me. I got curious: is there any job that I'm qualified for that pays anywhere near that much? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Apr 28, 2013 - 36 answers

Making A Something-Level Career out of Very, Very Little.

I have recently acknowledged that my aimlessness has kept me trapped in retail and unable to find better for myself. My goal from several months ago - to find a double-digit hourly position by the anniversary of my graduation from college - is far from accomplished. I am not giving myself another year to mess up, but I'm having some trouble discerning where I should go. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 27, 2013 - 16 answers

How to stop ruminating on "what could have been"

I chose a degree path that ended up being much different than I expected, and regularly beat myself up for not choosing a certain other one four years ago. In all honesty, the "other" choice would have definitely come with its own problems, and may have even been worse. However, I constantly get tempted into thinking "what could have been". How do I accept that both choices probably sucked equally, and that you never know what life is going to throw at you, good or bad? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 27, 2013 - 18 answers

How to find a job using Chinese language skills?

Hey Mefis! I am asking this question on behalf of my brother-in-law who recently got laid off. Does anyone here have advice to give to a guy with a degree in Chinese and minor in business who would like to work in manufacturing/ sourcing for a US company either in the US or China? [more inside]
posted by catrae on Apr 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Finished PhD; informally meeting with a prof in a different field?

Just got a PhD, don't have a new position lined up, meeting a prof, no obvious goal for conversation, have questions. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Apr 22, 2013 - 8 answers

Job change didn't work - how do I go back to my old career?

I was an office manager between 2002-2008, but went back to school to become a nurse. I'm currently an RN in a large metropolitan area, but would really rather go back to a career in administration / office management. What's the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2013 - 11 answers

How Can I Help My Mom Help Herself?

Hey Mefites, here's my question: My younger sister, mother, and I suffered years of abuse at the hands of an alcoholic stepfather - physical, verbal, etc. When we were younger, my sister and I were absolutely focused on getting the fuck out and did, getting scholarships to great schools, thankfully. My mom, not so much. She is no longer in a relationship with him, but they have been living together for economic reasons - she needs his disability paycheck to pay the bills (all of which are in her name, including the mortgage payment.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2013 - 15 answers

PhD dropout

I'm dropping out of a PhD program in a social science with only a masters degree. I need a real job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Downshifting: the sequel part III

Pursuant to two earlier questions today regarding how to get jobs one is overqualified for, I was wondering about taking degrees and job titles off of my resume. Isn't that unethical? Won't it come up, eventually, that I have this whole other degree? If it matters, I'm a master's-degreed librarian with 10+ years' experience looking for work as a library assistant or in an lower-level university admin capacity. [more inside]
posted by indognito on Apr 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Want a entry level office job

Will employer consider a misfit overqualified job applicant for office jobs? Here is the scenario: a biochemistry pHD with many years of post-phD experience both in academic and industry. But due to family reasons (3 young kids, a busy husband), this person only wants a low-stress 9-5 job. Salary is not an issue. But this person does want to learn new things and work with nice people and take new experience for future career development when kids are grown. Do you have experience like this applying to entry level jobs that only need communication and office work related skills? Hiring managers, do you even consider such application? Appreciate any personal stories like this.
posted by akomom on Apr 17, 2013 - 22 answers

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