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I'm unhappy with my career at 32, but I'm lost on where I go from here.

I'm 32, and have been in my current career field for about ten years. I'm frustrated with my current job and I feel like I've lost all enthusiasm for my broader career, but I have no idea what I can change to or what I'm really qualified for. [more inside]
posted by googie on Apr 7, 2015 - 19 answers

I need a career, STAT

Help me find a career; I have sales experience, can talk to anybody, and enjoy mentoring. I'm looking for a job with low barriers to entry, and ideally one where I could help people or the world. Consider me as a fresh canvas. [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Apr 6, 2015 - 8 answers

What should I do next with my life?

I'm at a bit of a crossroads in my life, and would like some help deciding on what to do next. I know this question has been asked a bunch of times on here, but I feel like a snowflake and would like my own advice. [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Apr 4, 2015 - 17 answers

Should I move from private sector to public sector for work/life balance

Hi MetaFilter, Putting it out for the group to help me weigh the pro's and con's of a career move. I am 44 years old, marketing professional with 10 years experience in health care marketing communication. I recently got my MBA last year and got recruited to go to another large Chicago health care system. The new job pays more and is OK but we are going through a reorg and merger and my position will change going forward. My current boss is leaving the organization and said that he is putting me forward for a better position with more responsibility going into the reorg but it is hard to trust that this will happen since that is all going to be in flux. About a month ago I applied for a federal marketing communication project manager position with the General Services Administration at the Federal Acquisition Service and this past Friday I was offered the job as a GS-13 Step One and they want my answer on Monday. [more inside]
posted by washateria on Apr 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Good headhunter and career counselor in LA?

A friend of mine is transitioning careers and is looking for both a headhunter to help find jobs and a career counselor to provide some advice/guidance. Any recommendations? Thanks in advance!
posted by persona au gratin on Mar 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Am I insane?

I am a 27 year old woman with a college degree who works in an office all day. Can I become a carpenter? Should I? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Mar 23, 2015 - 42 answers

another question about choosing a job

I need to make a choice between 3 part-time jobs (choosing one or possibly two) by...tomorrow. How do I choose and how do I best quit the one(s) I choose to? (will be kind of long) [more inside]
posted by bearette on Mar 22, 2015 - 11 answers

What job/field should my partner search for?

My partner wants to get a new job and would like advice for what kind of jobs / industries / job titles to look for. We are in southwest michigan right now, but my partner wants to build skills they could take elsewhere in the country in a few years. After graduating college with an English degree, my partner got a job through a temp agency, and is ready to move on. But neither of us are knowledgeable about what jobs they might be qualified for. Hopes and dreams inside [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 20, 2015 - 5 answers

How should I educate myself for a career in programming?

I'm almost 30, with few marketable skills to speak of and a bleak financial future in retail. There is no hope of that changing without doing something different. After a lot of thought and a great deal of procrastination, I've decided that pursuing my interest in programming professionally is my best option. The issue is deciding how to educate myself in my chosen field. [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Mar 18, 2015 - 12 answers

Recent social-science graduate looking for job guidance

I'm a recent graduate with experience in the non-profit and graphic/web design fields looking to find sustainable, permanent work that matches my skills and experience before continuing my education. [more inside]
posted by Elephanzee on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

Refurbishing the CV - how to do it from MS IT Hardware Ops/Engineering?

I've been at a Microsoft Enterprise Stack Ops position for 8 years. And while I'm good there and have solid credentials and experience, (1) I have relocated to the SF Bay Area where Microsoft isn't so popular and (2) I'm tired of Operations and the on-call responsibility. I would like to move on to other roles and career possibilities. Please share with me ideas and especially experience of doing that yourself! [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Mar 18, 2015 - 1 answer

Bad at parties

Looking for recommendations to be more sociable with a focus on networking and career advancement. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Mar 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Political Careers

When is it too late to start a career in politics? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Mar 12, 2015 - 17 answers

How to switch fields to web development/coding?

I'm thinking about switching fields into web development in the near to mid future, but have a few questions about skills and code portfolios. I'd also like any general advice you all have on how to do this as someone with basic programming skills, but no specific knowledge of web development. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Mar 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Lonely jobs

Do you spend at least 80 percent of your time working alone at your job? If so, what do you do? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 10, 2015 - 39 answers

I need alternatives to working an office job (and still pay my bills)

Can you offer suggestions for a (radical or not-so-radical) career shift from office-y type work to something...else? I am at the end of my rope, and so are my loved ones, who are out of suggestions for me. [more inside]
posted by medeine on Mar 10, 2015 - 11 answers

What can I do to make myself employable ~5–10 years from now?

25 year old stay-at-home dad. No college degree. No special skills. (long-ish) [more inside]
posted by TheBraveLittleSock on Mar 4, 2015 - 26 answers

What next for a biochemistry / physiology PhD?

I'm a couple years off finishing a PhD that's been about half biochemistry and half electrophysiology at a top-ranked Australian university. The academic career path is definitely open to me - I've got a decent number of publications, heaps of teaching experience, blah blah blah - but I'm unsure that it's what I want to pursue. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Mar 1, 2015 - 3 answers

Isolating myself as a reaction to work stress

I have a problem with work stress. It causes me to isolate myself and not want to go out and meet people and do fun stuff. I'd like to get some input as to how I can overcome this negative pattern. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet on Feb 28, 2015 - 12 answers

What else can I do with my Ph.D. besides postdoc?

I just defended my Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. The obvious path is to go on to do a postdoc and then a research or teaching career, and I'm taking some steps in that direction. On the other hand, if I was into doing the obvious thing I wouldn't have gotten a Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. What other jobs/careers/vocations should I look into? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 26, 2015 - 11 answers

Public University Law School?

I'm thinking about going to law school... but there are special circumstances: public school and evening program. And federal civil service... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 10 answers

Deciding between two library jobs

I have to choose between two librarian positions soon, and could use others' advice and experience. I have been an academic librarian for a number of years, married to an academic, and we have both received offers from the same two universities. This is great, because we get to finally live together full-time. But, the two librarian jobs and universities are quite different. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 13 answers

I am feeling stuck in a serious rut. How to reboot?

In my mid-20s, going nowhere, full of shame. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 26, 2015 - 18 answers

Help me make a living out of making life better for others

Whilst I am still very much in employment and financial crisis, I think I may well have had an epiphany of sorts: That I would like to eventually, or better yet ASAP, build a career in which I help, one way or another, make the world a better place. Elucidate me? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

How Do I Find a Female Mentor in non-academic Chemistry?

I'm a woman in science. I recently finished my Ph.D in Chemistry, and, after getting burnt-out on the academic track, I've gotten a job in a small startup synthesizing new materials for energy purposes. I've been told to find a "female mentor" to help me navigate the startup/industry world of chemistry. But how do I find a female mentor? Where do I look? What do I look for? [more inside]
posted by DGStieber on Feb 25, 2015 - 5 answers

What am I doing with my life?

I am happy with my job right now, but I don't have a career. I'm smart but due to certain circumstances in life I haven't had a stable work history until now. I have a career in mind but I'm kind of in a catch 22. [more inside]
posted by shesbenevolent on Feb 25, 2015 - 20 answers

Looking for women-founded and women-run technology companies

I am a woman whose experience in technology is eerily similar to that of the women in these two articles. I am at a breaking point. But rather than leave the field, I would like to shift employment so that I'm working at exclusively women-led or women-run companies. Can anyone provide some ideas for potential places to apply for full-time employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2015 - 12 answers

The life of the graphic designer?

What do you wish you would have known before becoming a graphic designer? Looking for possible career switch! [more inside]
posted by eggs on Feb 21, 2015 - 13 answers

Not intelligent enough to become a social researcher?

Lately, I have seem to have doubts about my intelligence; particularly with the notion of becoming a social researcher. I have always wanted to explore the field of social research. I have a penchant for learning new knowledge and theories; my curiosity never seems to wane. However, I have little confidence that I'm able to obtain a Master's Degree in Critical Sociology. I need to build my confidence and reassure myself that I have the capability, passion, devotion, and worth ethic to learn and strive towards this career goal. I would be most appreciated for some scope of advice, tips, and encouragement. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Feb 16, 2015 - 11 answers

Meeting with my CEO on Tuesday- advice?

I'm meeting with the CEO of my company in two days. Please help me appear professional/outgoing instead of an awkward mess. [more inside]
posted by oxfordcomma on Feb 15, 2015 - 3 answers

How can I get an entry-level job as a Data Analyst in NYC, ASAP?

How can I get into data analysis with little-to-no data or programming experience? [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Feb 11, 2015 - 7 answers

How to deal with grad school woes

2nd year student in a PhD program and I'm hitting some major roadbumps. Questioning my academic career, research plans falling apart, and absentee advisor(s) are all contributing to the problem. Would quit in an instant, but some complications recently arose. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2015 - 9 answers

Teaching at Boarding School Experiences

Asking for a friend. Friend is contemplating moving from teaching at a private school in New York City to a private high school or middle school way outside the city. Options include rural MA, VT, NH, CT and Upstate NY. Do you have experience teaching at one of these schools? What was it like? What positives and negatives are there about teaching and living in these areas? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 10, 2015 - 8 answers

What can I learn on Udemy that would pretty much guarantee me a job?

I was looking at some of the Udemy courses and several popped out that are meant to prepare you to pass certain certification requirements. For example, there is a CCNA Security course for Cisco systems which can prepare one to receive accreditation. What are some courses and opportunities on Udemy and similar websites for individuals looking to break into new professions where the barrier to entry is largely passing basic certifications and exams? [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Feb 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Expand my thinking! Or, just give me a tiny bit of hope.

I am unemployed with no college degree, and an employment history in retail management/horticulture. I'm trying desperately to do something - anything - that will: 1) hire me and 2) pay me a living wage. I am depressed and defeated. Please help me think of things I haven't realized are possible, when I haven't even had a temp agency sign me up. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Feb 5, 2015 - 28 answers

Tell me about a career/degree in information science...

I currently work in an administrative support job and I'm trying to move into a new career area. I think I might be interested in pursuing Information Science for a BA or Masters, and career. My questions are basically: 1) Is information science the right field for me? 2) which classes should I be focusing on to jump start my career path? 3) what careers besides systems analyst sound right for me? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Feb 5, 2015 - 6 answers

Alternate Careers for a Licensed Massage Therapist?

Asking for my partner: I’ve been a licensed massage therapist since 2011 and have been working full time (24-28 hours/week hands-on) since then. Over the past two years, my body has been protesting more and more when I work. [more inside]
posted by HermitDog on Feb 5, 2015 - 11 answers

What to ask mentor?

I work for a large company where the idea of mentorship is encouraged. I will be meeting someone in a different department who I would love to work for. I am unfamiliar with exactly what a mentor can provide from a career standpoint. [more inside]
posted by gregjunior on Feb 4, 2015 - 4 answers

Best jobs for people who don't like applying to jobs?

Help my wife decide a practical career path moving forward that will a) make it comparatively simple/non-competitive to look for a job; b) not require much more than a 40 hour work week; c) not involve staring at tables of numbers all day long; d) provide benefits and pay as respectably as possible. Many more snowflakey details within... [more inside]
posted by rock'em sock'em puppets on Feb 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Convince me not to quit my do-nothing job?

Question/request up front: Will someone please confirm for me that I'm being a wuss, and quitting my job immediately would be a bad idea? Minor weird twist and circumstance-turns ahead. (New hire, boss ditched me, don't like the job, do generally nothing.) [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Feb 2, 2015 - 12 answers

[post-dissertation filter] Finding work while still tethered? Procedure?

I just submitted my dissertation (yay...)! But during the struggle I've decided that academia is not my cup of tea--what next? Details after dropping out of warp. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet on Jan 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I tell my soon-to-be employer that my dad is on hospice?

I'm due to start a new job in five weeks. Since I accepted, my dad has been admitted to home hospice. Should I tell me new employer? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Front End Development Lite?

A question in two parts. One, is there a market for front end developers who know just HTML, css and some javascript? And two, is there really a market for front end (html, css and javascript/jQuery) positions or is this skillset not a good long range career choice? [more inside]
posted by gregjunior on Jan 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 22, 2015 - 217 answers

When the storm finally clears, will there be a shore to paddle to?

The storm isn't over yet, and I am still in free-fall...but that can't last forever, right? I'm wondering what to do next. (Underemploymentfilter) [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Jan 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Escaping from clockwatching office hell

I'm bored. So bored that I think I'm going to have to jump ship on my IT/office administration job. There's just nothing to do. I'm loath to quit with nothing to go to - but I'm looking for other options, other types of work so I don't have to jump straight into another job like this one. What kind of work is there that I can do, that's more hands-on, less computery, has more to do each day and has more tangible and material results? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jan 19, 2015 - 11 answers

Viable Electronic Engineering job - Product Development Engineer?

Recently got offered a new job in the area of electronic engineering (I think anyway!).... [more inside]
posted by b3vcard on Jan 18, 2015 - 3 answers

When I grow up I want to be: an Instructional Designer

I'm currently in pursuit of a Master's in Instructional Design, but what software should I learn to use alongside the theory? [more inside]
posted by thefang on Jan 15, 2015 - 13 answers

Job is being eliminated, where to go from here?

Likely to be losing my job in the coming weeks, and thinking about returning to school, either for a diploma or some other vocational training. Can the hive help me figure out a path to take or explore, given the generalities of what kind of work I would like to consider pursuing? I am interested in jobs relating to natural resource management and/or something relating to the environment. [more inside]
posted by wats on Jan 13, 2015 - 3 answers

Lie by omission or be brutally honest?

I want to maximize my chances of getting a job as a copy cataloger at a public library. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2015 - 9 answers

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