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Freelance analysis / accounting / quantitative / finance careers

Hi Metafilter friends! I'm a mid-career professional seeking some advice about how to transition to a robust freelance career that relies on quantitative analysis or accounting skills. (Feel free to head straight to the comment section and start brainstorming, or read on for more.) [more inside]
posted by Dollar Dollar Bill Sock on Sep 21, 2016 - 1 answer

I want to work on the railroad.

Hi, long time reader, first time asker! I'm interested in working for the railroad, and I'm wondering if anyone one has input about getting hired, and more specifically pivoting from a different field. [more inside]
posted by the offing on Sep 17, 2016 - 6 answers

Best MBA option for mid-life career transition? Or not at all?

I'm considering making a major career change after 16 years in finance. At age 38, what's the best option - full-time MBA, part-time MBA, or executive MBA? Or not at all? Details below the fold... [more inside]
posted by Guernsey Halleck on Sep 11, 2016 - 7 answers

Which doors are open (or not firmly closed) to someone like me?

Which career fields or industries are realistically open, or at least, not hostile, to middle-aged people wishing to achieve professional and financial success for the first time, in the current climate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2016 - 25 answers

Anxiety or Intuition?: Special Career Edition

I have an offer for a position I was initially excited about. But something doesn't feel right, and I'm hesitating. Is that feeling just normal anxiety about change and the unknown, or a gut feeling about the position/place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Writing jobs for olds

How might I go about getting an entry-level writing job? Difficulty: not really sure what kind of writing job I'd like, am old, and possibly on the autism spectrum. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 31, 2016 - 4 answers

MFA Creative Writing job options

I have a BA and MFA in English-Creative Writing. Currently, I teach English at a community college. While most of my job experience is in education, I no longer want to work in this field. What are some jobs to which I'd be able to successfully apply/career change? Thanks.
posted by Ready2016 on Jul 9, 2016 - 13 answers

My career anxiety is (probably) holding me back, can I get rid of it?

Ever since graduating from university 6 years ago, I've been stuck in a rut about what to "do" with my life. How can I, finally, get out of this rut and get on a career path I truly feel comfortable with? I didn't miss the boat for career "success," did I? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Jul 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Switching Careers into Agency Copywriting - What Do I Need To Know?

I am seriously considering pursuing a career in corporate copywriting and want to know the ins and outs. I have plenty of writing credits from various sources, both in print and online, but want to know from industry professionals about how to go about getting my foot in the door and being able to solidly present myself to agencies. [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on May 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Do you have to have passion for your work?

I'm in the midst of researching careers for a complete change and I'm realizing that I don't think I'm the type of person who will ever get any sort of passion out of work. Is something wrong with me? Do I need to have "passion" in a field to have a successful career? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Mar 26, 2016 - 29 answers

Fastest/Best Way to Get Up to Speed with Excel

TL;DR: Computer comfortable/literate, but only an excel lightweight. How do I become a guru (or at least enough to fake it till I make) and start changing my life? [more inside]
posted by VillainProtagonist on Mar 24, 2016 - 10 answers

Career change/development ideas for a translator

Looking for career change/progression ideas for a translator [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Mar 13, 2016 - 1 answer

Is there a better career out there for me?

I generally like my current job as a school librarian, but I don't think I'm in it for the long haul. I'm having a tough time thinking of other fields/careers that I could branch out into. Are there any other career that careers would suit me? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Mar 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Jack of Many Trades, Master of a Few

I'm borrowing the conceit of a recent Ask MeFi question about building a new career out of skills I have. My special snowflake stiff is in the [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Mar 11, 2016 - 5 answers

What I do have are a very particular set of skills

Can I build a new career out of the things I'm actually good at? Please help me figure out what careers could fit what I do. [more inside]
posted by castlebravo on Mar 4, 2016 - 15 answers

Career Change Filter: From Scholarly Publishing to ?

Publishing is in its death throes, and I REALLY need a new industry to work in. But which? Details inside . . . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Changing course to classical music career later in life

I am feeling torn between my life as it is and my life as I think it could have been and wondering whether it is even possible to change tracks at this point, and how I would go about it if it is. [more inside]
posted by Anyone's Ghost on Feb 7, 2016 - 34 answers

Life and career after teaching?

I have been a high school English teacher for 12 years. I have mostly loved my job and have been proud of my work. I have strong connections with my students, some of which have spanned a decade. However... The past few years in public education have been challenging for all of the wrong reasons (testing, indecisive admin, unprofessional colleagues). [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Feb 4, 2016 - 14 answers

Accounting for dummies

I'm considering making a career change in the next 2-4 years. I'm curious about entering accounting, but there are so many different types of accounting, different degrees/diplomas related to accounting, and places you can go with accounting! It's wonderful to read about all these opportunities, but completely overwhelming. I wouldn't know where to begin to find an area of accounting that would suit me. Can I get a little more clarity on the profession and where I could potentially go in the field? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2016 - 5 answers

I'm grown... so what should I be now?

I'm mid-thirties, no debt or major commitments. In what career should I retrain? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Jan 2, 2016 - 9 answers

Engineering career change research - Phase 1

EE working in Naval Nuclear Power seeks a foot in the door of the Aerospace Industry. I've got no network in this industry. Would like to develop one. Not sure how. Is this even possible? Do I have to go back to college? If so, what would that look like? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jan 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Temp agencies in L.A.--know a good one?

For colored girls who have considered temp work when the tech world is enuf: I'm looking for temp placement agencies in Los Angeles while I ride out this mid-career career change. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty on Nov 30, 2015 - 5 answers

I'd really like to teach

I'm thinking about changing careers, and what I've really always wanted to do is teach. But I'm not sure it's a reasonable goal at this stage, or what such a career would look like. Maybe someone out there can offer a suggestion. [more inside]
posted by rkriger on Nov 5, 2015 - 15 answers

Help, I want to quit my IT job and restore relics!

With almost no credentials and almost no safety net, I'm desperate to quit my lousy IT job and go back to school to learn how to restore relics and reliquaries. There are a few problems with this which I've had a hard time using Google to solve: [more inside]
posted by Mooseli on Oct 28, 2015 - 12 answers

Working as a medical writer/editor. Difficulty level: No undergrad

I want to explore a career as a medical writer/editor. I've worked in the healthcare field for 18 years and I feel I have a lot of things going for me, however I don't have the undergraduate degree that most employers list as required. More details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Was there a happy ending, being the old person in that college class?

I've been working through a career change decision and it involves going back to school. Did you change careers in your 30s and go back to school? Did it work out? (More details/specifics, but I'm interested in eventually practicing Clinical Psychology). [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Oct 6, 2015 - 38 answers

Did I sell myself short?

I'm currently in the very very early research stages of making a career change and I'm starting to think that I sold myself short in regards to my education. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History and, well, I've really been struggling to find "my place" in the career world for the last 5 years. I'm starting to think I sold myself short by not pursuing more math/science related careers. Is it too late for me to maybe find a career in STEM I would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Sep 26, 2015 - 19 answers

How to plan a career change? (i.e. I want to make more $$)

I'm working in a field that I moderately enjoy and it's an okay position for now, I don't think it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. I'm giving myself about 3-5 years to form a solid plan to switch careers to something that will (hopefully) pay me a bit better (and maybe enjoy it). I'm trying to figure out where to start? (I'll also take any career suggestions if you have 'em) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Pivoting away from academia in the Netherlands

Expat in NL seeking advice about non-academic jobs related to social science/statistics. [more inside]
posted by ubermuffin on Sep 15, 2015 - 2 answers

How do I become a data scientist?

How can I get an entry-level position as a data scientist? Or at least an interview? How do I get in front of prospective employers? I’m in the West of Scotland. [more inside]
posted by Wrinkled Stumpskin on Sep 12, 2015 - 6 answers

I need a life coach. But, not sure it's right for me, or affordable?

With the help of my excellent (CBT) psychotherapist, the last seven years have seen great strides in my mental health. But I fear that my therapist and I have reached our expiration date. Should I consider a life coach? Given my budget, can I even afford to have a life coach around often enough to be effective? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Sep 5, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I maximise the potential of a Saturday job?

I would like to feel as if I have not hit rock bottom in life. Please help me believe that. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot on Sep 5, 2015 - 9 answers

What colour is your parachute when you're free-falling?

I have a short time to decide on going back to school for a career path and I'm looking for advice on how to make the decision. I have a very mixed work and educational history and am in the middle of a divorce, and I can't answer in any way yet "What job do you want?" Ideas are appreciated, but really I want to know how to figure out this decision. [more inside]
posted by dorothyisunderwood on Aug 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Is 45 too old to become a developer?

I've been a digital/interactive project manager since 1997. Now I want to go through an 18 week immersion program in web development and jump the fence to become a developer. But I'm 45 years old. Am I too old to get hired? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Aug 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Speech/Language Pathologist--Prereqs and Coursework

Hi All, The previous qs about SLP careers and career change stuff are very helpful. I have some specific qs. [more inside]
posted by bookworm4125 on Aug 29, 2015 - 3 answers

Technology certifications that would lend some street cred

Are there any short certifications that would help someone a non-technical person signal that they have some knowledge of how technologies work? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I be a yoga instructor or massage therapist or..?

I've been giving some thought to becoming certified to teach yoga, or to be a massage therapist, or to be a physical therapy assistant. I'm not sure which one makes the most sense, given my inclinations and limitations. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 27, 2015 - 14 answers

Is it possible to become a specialist without working inside?

Is it possible to transition to becoming a technical specialist without going to work for someone else? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Jul 24, 2015 - 0 answers

Is it foolish to try to train for a career as a welder at age 45?

I quit the corporate life and I'm not interested in going back. I've always thought welding was an awesome skill, so I found a school in Ohio called Hobart that has an 18 month certification course in welding. It's not cheap but I'm willing to invest the money if I have a good chance of finding employment as a rookie 45 year old welder. Is this unwise? Will my age make it impossible to find an entry level welding job? Will I be discriminated against indefinitely or do skills matter more than age?
posted by spicynuts on Jul 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me transition into a career in Programing!

So I'm 25, and I have a wonderful, stable job in a wonderful, stable industry as a mechanical engineer, and I'm slowly realizing that my actual calling is in computer science. Shit. I'm not in desperate circumstances, so help me to plan my career move! I need specific help on: 1) Learning to Code. 2) Preparing for the transition while still working at my current job. 3) Moving from my current job into actually working as a programmer. Any advice from experienced people would be great. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Jul 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I go back to school?

I never really had a career, so to speak--I fell into non-profit fundraising about 5 years ago. It's OKAY. But I recently took a higher-level job and I can tell that long term, this is not what I want to do for the next 30 years (I'm 34.) Should I go back to school for something else? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by Automocar on Jun 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Studying web development: are my goals reasonable?

I've been studying web development in addition to working full-time, and I'm finding it a pretty tough slog. I'm starting to wonder if my long-term goals are reasonable, and am hoping for a reality check. [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jun 21, 2015 - 10 answers

Next stop...

10 years in mid-level public health/public policy research. What's next? What's possible based on my current set of skills? Computer programming or software? Another industry? "Consulting?" Something crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2015 - 6 answers

The grass is always greener on the other side...

A recruiter contacted me on LinkedIn today, and instead of politely responding that I'm not looking to move, this one has me questioning my usual response. I need some help determining if it's worth it to take a peek over the fence or not. [more inside]
posted by noneuclidean on May 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Three roads diverged in a wood, and I...

I am looking into making a career switch into programming/development. Which one of these potential courses of action makes the most sense? [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Apr 15, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I (or Should I even) go about getting a PhD?

I am interested in systems theory as field and am trying to determine if/how I should go about studying it deeply and probably making a career out of it. But there are significant questions I feel I should answer before I can decide about such a significant change in my career. I need advice about how to determine if my fascination about systems theory is worth trying to make a career out of it and also advice as to how I can go about creating a career in it? [more inside]
posted by TheLittlePrince on Mar 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Career change out of nonprofits?

I’m hoping for suggestions for career changes for someone who has spent their entire professional career in nonprofits and government, and is looking for something that pays a little more, is maybe a little less bureaucratic, and which plays to their strengths (community organizing and building, creative thinking, program planning, social engagement). [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Mar 27, 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

Advice about Ada Academy admission and decisions

I am in the middle of the application process for Ada Academy in Seattle. It sounds super exciting and fun to me but it also feels out there enough for me that I want to do my due diligence. I'm hoping to get an idea of how well known/respected it is, including outside of Seattle and/or the PNW, any first, second, or third hand experience people may have to share, reflections and insights from people who did or considered this type of thing (both the career change & the software development track), AND especially interview tips for a technical group interview with (possibly) simulated pair work (I have no experience with this sort of interview), and any other tips to help me actually get accepted so that the rest of this question becomes/stays applicable to my life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2015 - 2 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

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