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Not much good at anything, still need to work

I'm pretty much useless at everything but have been gainfully employed as a coder for 15 years. Quite frankly I'd just like to do nothing. What do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I balance big career opportunities with starting a family?

Early 30s married lady here. I have recently been offered some big opportunities for advancement in my career. However, my husband and I have also decided to try to start a family. I'm a little freaked out that this is all happening at once, and am not sure how much of this opportunity/ambition I should take on. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2013 - 25 answers

What should I do when I grow up aside from be taller?

For the last 12 years, I've worked as an adjunct English professor. It's time for a change. [more inside]
posted by miss-lapin on Apr 10, 2013 - 20 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Creative jobs outside of education, possibly finance/math-related?

What jobs outside of education would fit my interests and experiences (most of which are education-related)? Are there jobs related to my math major that will appeal to my need for creative outlets in my work? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Apr 9, 2013 - 9 answers

Help us decide whether to move across the country for the job

My partner has been offered a job in Seattle, and we don’t know whether or not she should take it. [more inside]
posted by hought20 on Apr 7, 2013 - 34 answers

How to stay motivated as a 20-something facing years of MORE school?

Problem is that I'm losing steam at this point, facing many more years of school ahead of me if I'm accepted into professional school. How I can shake the feelings of uncertaintly as I keep plugging away? [more inside]
posted by sunnychef88 on Apr 7, 2013 - 20 answers

Undergrad's over... what now?

I wanted to go into academia but I don't have the balls. Now I'm at the cusp of graduation and unsure of what my options are. I'll be finishing up my undergrad at the end of the month barring any unfortunate surprises. I will graduate with a fairly high GPA (although nothing too special) from McGill with a bachelors in Biology. I've always loved the idea of academia, but for the last year I've been reading articles that practically plead for me to stay away. My past considerations have focused around research, but med school and bio/biotech industry have also crossed my mind. There's also a whole world outside of science that I've never really considered. I've dabbled in graphic design in high school. It was really fun, but I always figured that I would make a better academic. I'd imagine most jobs I'd be interested in would involve reading/learning, information analysis, and stuff like that. I think I'm fairly well versed at communication, both written and spoken, but probably rusty in both in non-academic contexts. Honestly I do care about money. I expect to work hard, and I expect to be paid well for what I do. I'd also like to be paid for my expertise, not just for 'doing things.' [more inside]
posted by Strass on Apr 6, 2013 - 14 answers

Do I really want to go into medicine, or do I simply want to want it?

I've been setting my goal on medicine (looks like it's not immediately, but in the next few years). However, I've been having doubts and second thoughts ever since I went into my undergraduate years. I'm graduating undergrad now, and have an entry-level job at a hospital. How and when will I know if that's what I want? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 6, 2013 - 23 answers

How did you start your career?

What are entry-level jobs in your field? What was your first job, and what steps brought you to where you are today? Help me figure out how to start my career. [more inside]
posted by Xianny on Apr 4, 2013 - 30 answers

What to do with a BA in History? (Redux)

This is a followup to this question from almost five years ago. I am about to graduate from a not-very-well-known State University in the southwest with a BA in History. My problem is that I am now rudderless, with a great deal of debt and virtually no real job prospects. I am staring down the barrel of paycheck-to-paycheck poverty, forever. Please help. [more inside]
posted by Avenger on Apr 4, 2013 - 43 answers

Question re: Organizational Cultures in the Federal Government

Where do classy, educated, intelligent people work in the (U.S.) Federal Government? Which organizational cultures would welcome me? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Apr 4, 2013 - 38 answers

How can I make a living as a freelance software developer/musician?

I'm currently doing the 9-5 for a company as a software developer during the week and am a church organist on Sundays (as well as a few other freelance music gigs), but I would like to leave the office behind and become a freelance developer so I can spend more time on music. I've thought about this a lot, but now I want to actually DO it. What steps do I need to take to make this happen? Does anyone have experience being in this type of situation? [more inside]
posted by mrbob14 on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

Find the snowflake a Public Health job

How should my friend search for a job? African-born U.S. citizen, 10 years of nursing experience in the U.S. (fully certified), Public Health masters degree, experience with research, Experience with refugees, sex workers, AIDs, and basic research
posted by jander03 on Apr 2, 2013 - 11 answers

Online courses in Medical Billing (with emphasis in behavioral health)

An associate of mine, who I have worked with in the past, suggested that I try medical billing as a career. This associate said there are classes online that can help me to expand my base knowledge, and in light of the new changes that have taken place regarding CPT coding, I'm looking for training that incorporates these changes. [more inside]
posted by sundrop on Apr 2, 2013 - 3 answers

I made it big time! But I was happier with small time.

I have a great job... for someone. But it's not a good fit for me, and I need to change things around to make my life a little simpler. I'm looking for advice on how to do that. Details below! [more inside]
posted by Gee, June! on Apr 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Recommendations of a career counselor?

Have you had great success working with a career counselor? Someone wise, savvy, thoughtful, and creative? I'm looking to work with such a person. Would love your suggestions! [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Apr 2, 2013 - 9 answers

How does one become an FBI (or similar) agent?

I'm a late-twenties adult finishing my BA a little late. I'm still a little unsure as to what I'd like to do, but I've always had an interest in solving crimes. What are my options for doing this as a career, preferably NOT for a local police department, at least in the long term? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Masters in maths? Difficulty level: Have bachelors in graphic design

Dear Mefites, a long time ago I got a degree in graphic design but never worked in the industry. Along the way I somehow (don't remember how or why or when) became interested in math and I finished a graduate diploma in maths as a distance learning course in my free time. I am considering applying for masters programmes in maths or related subjects but ... can I? Should I? [more inside]
posted by Cat Set Go on Mar 31, 2013 - 10 answers

When is relocation a good idea?

I know where I want to live. I'm trying to decide what career I want to pursue. And I want to bring my boyfriend along with me. Nothing is certain and I want to know whether I should be taking big risks at this point. And I need to pick a focus. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 29, 2013 - 24 answers

Not Leaning In

Help me feel comfortable about not being very ambitious and reasonably happy on the mommy track. [more inside]
posted by Mrs Roy G Biv on Mar 28, 2013 - 34 answers

Beds, breakfasts, and inns, oh my!

What is it actually like to work at a bed and breakfast or a small inn? [more inside]
posted by firei on Mar 28, 2013 - 6 answers

Do you have an awesome job in an awesome field? I want to hear about it

As a counterpoint to this question, which educational/career tracks do offer solid job prospects and a good return on investment (both time and money), secretly or not? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Change of career: Going into the health care administration field ??

I might need to go back to work and I am thinking about a career change. I have held business analysts/planner positions in retail but while I enjoy the actual work, i don't enjoy the purpose/ field. Working retail is starting to feel a bit pointless, trying to sell more stuff to people all the time. I am interested in taking my skills to a different field. Maybe a similar job but with a different goal. Namely healthcare administration could be what I am looking for. I'd would want to work for patient advocacy groups or in the government (ie: not trying to make an extra buck to private insurance). But to do that I figure I need to understand how the private system works too. [more inside]
posted by kirikara on Mar 27, 2013 - 7 answers

Tell me how you found your career.

I'm a really bad student, but I want to do something I love and get paid decently for it. Tell me what to do. [more inside]
posted by madsy on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

Doh

How frequently do you screw up at work? I'm wondering if it's "normal" to screw up at work with the frequency that I am, and I should cut myself some slack. Alternately, I'm considering the possibility that it's a big problem. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

♫♫ What do you do with a BS in Physics? ♫♫

Three years ago, I graduated with a Physics degree. Since then, I've been working in a soul-crushing IT job. Realistically, what are my options to push my career forward? Help me find my passion. Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Books on career advice for women

Lately I've been exploring books along the lines of "career advice for women," specifically to explore why I've been having trouble making myself heard effectively in my current work environment. I've found a couple of books that made me go "wow, I wish someone had given me this advice when I was 20" and now I'm wondering what else I'm missing. [more inside]
posted by sldownard on Mar 22, 2013 - 8 answers

How do I find good, specific career advice?

I am a relatively successful professional, but (like many other people), I suspect that I could be happier doing something else. I've done a lot of different things all within the same general field (software/internet/tech), and I've liked and disliked different things about each of them. I think I have some pretty awesome experience and skills in a nice variety of subjects, with some unusual combinations. What I'd like to find is someone I can sit down with, talk about what I like to do, and what I hate to do, and what I'm good at and not good at. And then have them give me advice about where I should go next in my career - what types of jobs and companies I should look at, etc. [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Mar 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Job satisfaction: How important are coworkers?

Can a change in scenery - primarily coworkers - save an otherwise uninteresting job? Or if a job sucks, then the job sucks. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 20, 2013 - 19 answers

The Devils Wears Prada for nerds.

Lately, it's been obvious that I'm terrible at making job/career decisions. Editorial edition. [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Grinding along the Research Assistant career path

I'm a baby Australian scientist trying to earn experience and cash prior to embarking on a PhD, but landing a relevant job is turning out to be a bit of an ordeal. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Mar 19, 2013 - 13 answers

Trying to "lean in." Failing miserably.

Please help with a complicated work situation. Some context: Mid-twenties, female, graduated from a top-ranked university in liberal arts (I know, I know, but it worked out in the end. Sort of.) I work in sort of a niche, new media-y entertainment field, for which I am extremely grateful. I love this industry and I love the company I work for. And yet, snowflakes abound… [more inside]
posted by themaskedwonder on Mar 19, 2013 - 10 answers

Help with cover letter

Please help me with phrasing in a cover letter. [more inside]
posted by young sister beacon on Mar 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Resume help!

I've had the same job for the past 6 years. In that time, my job title has changed 3 times, my department has been involved in four major reorgs and been moved all over the company, my department name has changed 5 times, and I've reported to 4 different people. Throughout all that, the actual job I've been doing has remained the same. How do I indicate that on a resume for an internal position in another department?
posted by logic vs love on Mar 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Give me advice on my job search in the NYC area.

I'm a librarian in the southern U.S. looking to relocate to NYC. The catch is that I can't move without a job offer. Am I hoping for the impossible? [more inside]
posted by carolinecrane on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

Please be my career counselor for a moment

After five months of not holding down a steady job, the offers are starting to come in. I need help choosing from three of them -- none of them are exactly what I want, but I see positives in every job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2013 - 1 answer

Give me some examples of rephrasing a question into a statement

I've heard that men don't like questions. I'm a woman and would like to have better relationships with the men in my life. Give me some examples of ways to rephrase questions into statements, directives or imperatives. [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Mar 15, 2013 - 40 answers

What do I really want from myself, anyway?

I'm trying to figure out what direction I should guide my future in. Problem is, when I take most personality (*cough* Myers-Briggs *cough*) or skill tests, I can never overcome the bias of what I "should" want, or what my field (the sciences) have conditioned me to. What can I do that can help me figure myself out that isn't sensitive to bias and will basically catch me "off guard" so I can figure out my strengths/weaknesses/potential truthfully? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Are there good jobs for people who aren't detail-oriented?

It seems like almost every job posting asks for someone who is "detail-oriented", but I'm coming to realize that I'm not actually detail-oriented, even though I fake it pretty well. I feel like a slacker and like no one will want to hire me, but I've been hearing that's not true. So, if that's the case then what sorts of jobs are actually out there for people who aren't detail-oriented? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Mar 12, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me discover some work that matches my interests!

I'm 31 years old and looking for a career change. I've come to love research and I've always loved reading nonfiction and true crime as well as the exposé articles often published by alternative weeklies. What are some careers that would fit these interests, and how do I work my way towards those careers? [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How does on properly "network" when looking for a new job?

When job searching, how do you successfully network without looking tacky, blowing your cover at your current job, looking desperate - just general rules for avoiding acting in poor taste, whatever that would look like? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Getting the promotion that I want

Chance of promotion - how to proceed? [more inside]
posted by Metaphysics on Mar 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Transitioning into early childhood education - where do I start?

I want to be an early childhood educator. Difficulty: I'm losing my job in my current field and need to make a next step quickly. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Mar 8, 2013 - 9 answers

Interpret this Endorsement

Does anyone know how the Linked-In "endorsement" process works? (Snowflake details below.) [more inside]
posted by wolfdreams01 on Mar 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Directors and Marriage Longevity

How many successful Film Directors are happily married...to their first wife (or husband)? Answers may be given as an estimated percentage if that's easier. [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Mar 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Looking out from the ivory tower

I am a 5th year PhD student in Pharmacology. In two years or less I (universe willing) will graduate, with a good handful of first author papers. I also have an MS in biochemistry and two years of lab manager/technician experience in a university setting. I want to know (exactly) what jobs are available to me post graduation that meet the following requirements: 1.) 45 hours a week or less; 2.) 65k a year or more; 3) health benefits and reasonable vacation time. Please respond with as much detail as possible.
posted by corn_bread on Mar 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me find happiness in my current job, or one that suits me better?

I am unhappy with my professional life, but have no idea what I’d rather being doing. Does a person exist who can help me either figure out how to be happy with what I’m doing, or figure out what I really want instead? And if so, how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Where do I go from here? Teacher Edition

What's my next professional step? I recently earned my teaching license, but I couldn't get a teaching job. I have had to take a step backwards and am now working as an administrative assistant again, which I hate. Do I keep trying to find the elusive teaching job or leave the dream behind? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2013 - 16 answers

Are you My Life/ Career Coach?

I need to change my life and career in several different ways, and I feel quasi-paralyzed because a) the changes I need to make are so large and b) special snowflake. Suggestions for approaching this rather ungainly undertaking? Also, I am 35. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 4, 2013 - 5 answers

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