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Career advice for a recent college grad looking to change direction

I recently quit my full-time job and I'm figuring things out. I have some ideas on what to do next, and I'm looking for some feedback and, as always, additional ideas and perspective. [more inside]
posted by lhtw90 on Sep 11, 2014 - 5 answers

I took the road less traveled -- and it has made all the difference?

I was on a path to professional success -- and decided to buck the trend and do something less "safe." And now I regret it? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 5, 2014 - 27 answers

resources for planning and executing a career change?

Are any of the coaches / services out there that advise on how to change careers actually legit and useful? I need help figuring out a career change and I see a million books and services out there for me to consume, but I would really value recommendations of someone who has successfully used any of those resources. My goal is to find a position showcasing writing and/or research skills. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes on Aug 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Looking for ideas re: what to do next with my life

Some traumatic experiences in the past 2 years made me realize how desperately unhappy I was in my "old" life. I have a good education & strong job experience, but also have mental health issues to manage and I'm kind of allergic to corporate life. I'd like to change this trend in my life, but I'm having trouble visualizing how to do this without going back to how I was living before. Feeling stuck on how to move forward & requesting AskMe's wisdom on the matter. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Jul 8, 2014 - 11 answers

I would really appreciate some career and life advice

At the moment, I'm feeling at a loose end and really direction-less. I don't know what I want to do with my life and it's making me feel really depressed. I have no short or long term goals. I'm in the process of being referred for CBT and have taken up running to treat the depression. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Jun 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Help Building a Gameplan For a Career In Market Research Analysis

So, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to land a career in market research analysis. Below are the steps I’ve laid out for myself. Could you tell me if this is a good game plan to get where I want to go? [more inside]
posted by ggp88 on Jun 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Career sugestions for someone who wants to do more and be more

I want a job that going to push me to be better and give me new and exciting challenges. The problem: I am REALLY not keen on the defence force. What are some other ideas out there? [more inside]
posted by Saebrial on May 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Career crisis

Five years into my field aaaannd I don't think it's for me... help? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Apr 21, 2014 - 5 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Jobs that require reading scientific journal articles?

I love reading scientific journal articles for hours on end. What careers require this? [more inside]
posted by SouthCNorthNY on Nov 7, 2013 - 11 answers

Learning to Contribute to Software Projects

How can I bridge the gap between knowledge of basic programming and actually contributing to software development? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Best College/Career path for working abroad?

Asking for a friend-- "I need advice on a career path: How do I prepare for a career working abroad and helping people? [more inside]
posted by empath on Aug 28, 2013 - 7 answers

Career wanted: Apply within

After the standard three-month probationary period, I realized that the first job in my new state wasn't right for me, so I resigned. Help me plot my next career move? [more inside]
posted by TrishaLynn on May 6, 2013 - 12 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

Where To Go From Here With My Business?

I am self-employed in the creative arts with one main client. Recently I have begun to enjoy some success for myself. My main client is unhappy. I am unhappy that they are unhappy. Career and business advice needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2013 - 15 answers

Suggestions for online jobs given ~600 hours to prepare before starting

In six months, I will enter a new living situation in which I will need to make an income of at minimum US$1000/month solely from online work. Before then, I will have generally two, sometimes three hours every weekday and six to eight hours every weekend day to devote to doing whatever preparation might be necessary to be able to do this. In six months, I will have unlimited time to devote to working, but I would hope to work not more than 50 hours a week. I would like suggestions as to what sort of work would fit the bill given a starting point of no skills/connections, and what sort of approach I should take during the preparatory period. Specifically wondering about web design/development, but interested in all suggestions/possibilities. [more inside]
posted by John Raskolnikov Gilson on Feb 2, 2013 - 7 answers

Calling all planners!

Should I go into Urban Planning? [more inside]
posted by Polyhymnia on Jan 4, 2013 - 25 answers

My life runs smooth like a highway. Billboard, show me the way!

I have a semi-stable dead-end job that I'm not very satisfied with and no specific career goals, and it feels like a huge void. I don't want to (and realistically can't) do what I'm doing indefinitely. Given my likes and dislikes, help me identify a field I might enjoy and the next steps to take. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jan 2, 2013 - 18 answers

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

industrial design for a mechanical engineer?

Advice for a mechanical engineering student who might want to pursue a career in industrial design? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Oct 28, 2012 - 5 answers

I don't know what to be when I grow up... for the 5th or 6th time.

I desperately need to take my career in another direction, but my degree, training and experience are ridiculously specific. Is it the right time for grad school (again)… or something else? Help me think outside the box. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2012 - 5 answers

On the road to nowhere.

Ka-rear? What is "ka-rear"? I graduated with a BA in 2006. I'm 28 and 30 is on the horizon. I'm still on the ground floor, which also seems to be the only floor. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Sep 30, 2012 - 25 answers

Where do I go now, career-wise?

How does one transition out of a career in advertising (non-creative part)? What am I qualified to do? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Sep 12, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I be more effective at business development?

Do you work in business development? Please tell me how you spend your time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2012 - 6 answers

Help my transition from politics / public affairs to the media / digital media / information industry.

Looking for practical advice and fresh perspectives on how to get a (non-journalism) job in the Australian media / digital media / information industry. [more inside]
posted by rockpaperdynamite on Aug 14, 2012 - 1 answer

Switching from a major oil/gas shop to a small consulting firm

A 20-something petroleum engineer friend of mine is thinking about switching from a major oil/gas company to a small-ish consulting firm in NYC named GlobalData. He's looking for some general advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2012 - 6 answers

Career advice: choosing one offer over another

When given two job offers, do you go for the job you field you want at a lower tier company or a placed job at a top tier company? [more inside]
posted by sleazy_e on Jun 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Have it good but want it better.

How much is the ability to work from home, anywhere in the world with an internet connection worth? Other job related questions. [more inside]
posted by zephyr_words on Apr 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Do I stay or do I go (to a new company)

I've been offered a position at another company. Should I leave my current comfortable job at a lowly-regarded company for a scary new one at a more well-respected company? Will you help me weigh the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Apr 26, 2012 - 8 answers

Where do I go from a psychology BA career- and education-wise?

Any advice on turning on turning a psychology BA into a research-related, but non-academic and non-clinical career? [more inside]
posted by H4D11 on Apr 24, 2012 - 6 answers

Need help identifying my niche, international edition.

Please help me brainstorm creative ways to leverage my professional experience and expat status. [more inside]
posted by lovermont on Mar 31, 2012 - 4 answers

You are not my academic/career advisor, but let's pretend for a moment.

From Music to IT to Neuroscience: Is this insane? (super long tedious details inside) [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature on Mar 29, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me build a worthwhile career

27 years old and in a bit of a career crisis. I've been drifting between dead-end jobs and I want to steer myself into a more satisfying position. I'm especially interested in getting into a creative industry and/or web development/design, or something else that will play to my (self-perceived) strengths of creativity and technical aptitude. I need advice. So much advice. Perhaps some of you kind folks can help! [NB - This gets pretty long. Also, I'm in London, UK.] [more inside]
posted by Drexen on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

What to do with my free time?

I have a pretty stable non profit job and plenty of free time. I'm considering getting a project management certification, is this a good idea? Any other recommendations? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Feb 21, 2012 - 6 answers

What can I do with my professional life?

CareerSwitchFilter: I'm a miserable lawyer, with a bunch of hobbies and skills, but no other kind of professional experience. What career(s)/job(s) should I consider switching to? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 23 answers

Be a rich man if I could.

What's it like to work at a contract research organization? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Jun 11, 2011 - 2 answers

I want to be Special!

Help me decide whether or not to go to library school. What is it like to search for jobs and work as a (special) librarian? [more inside]
posted by equivocator on Mar 28, 2011 - 20 answers

Should I do patent law?

Would you advise a lawyer with 22 undergraduate physics credits to complete the 2-3 additional physics classes necessary to qualify for the patent bar? Will I be employable as a patent attorney in Chicago with the minimum technical background or do I need an additional degree (or degrees)? Is it fun? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 answers

What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate?

What do I need to learn in library school before I graduate, if I'm not sure what I want to do when I'm done? [more inside]
posted by zoetrope on Oct 20, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I be a business manager/agent to the creative people around me?

How can I be a business manager/agent to the creative people around me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

What can I do with these skills?

(Career Filter) Help me run away from the circus [more inside]
posted by gillianr on Jul 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Please help me pound the pavement as effectively as possible

I would like to find a new job, but I think my first step should be to brush up on my job search skills. What recommendations do you have for how to do that? [more inside]
posted by orange swan on Apr 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Former classical musician not qualified to do anything but be broke...?

Professional musician going through a career change, not having much luck, what am I qualified/supposed to do? What methods do you recommend? [more inside]
posted by vilolagrl on Oct 10, 2009 - 5 answers

How to advance a career in Content Managment/Tech Writing

Straight out of college, I stumbled into a nice job as a Content Manager/Technical Writer for a major corporation's website. What can I do to help my career in this field? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2009 - 4 answers

I used to be crazy, now career me up!

My many bad decisions about education and work that have left me in dead-end jobs. What's the career of my dreams? And how do I get it? [more inside]
posted by xchmp on Sep 18, 2008 - 13 answers

Need advice on getting an entry level IT job

Help!! Looking for Entry Level IT position - ZERO Professional experience. Need some advice. [more inside]
posted by bsexton on Feb 26, 2008 - 11 answers

Made redundant in IT at 45yo. Career change advice?

TERROR! After 25 years in the IT industry in Ireland I feel like the 21st century equivalent of an expendable 19th century coal miner. I'm about to be made redundant (again) this afternoon and am gripped by terror. I don't even know now what I want. Any career counseling advice? [more inside]
posted by lndl on Feb 12, 2008 - 15 answers

How to be a good PM.

Help me be a good product manager. [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jan 16, 2008 - 17 answers

Dietitian vs. Baker

Career path: Dietitian or Bakery Owner? [more inside]
posted by meringue on Oct 11, 2007 - 14 answers

What does one do with an advanced degree in economics?

What does one do with an advanced degree in economics? [more inside]
posted by mandlebrotz on Jul 29, 2007 - 20 answers

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