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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 - 9 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

Reconnaissance about the medical careers

My lovely gf wants to switch careers to the medical field — and I want to help her —but we could use an overview of what positions there are. [more inside]
posted by Brainy on Jan 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Journalist changing careers.

I have, for the past several years, worked as a journalist in a fairly niche area. I do not want to do this anymore - but I do want to put my skills to good use, and make a decent living. How do I do this? What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Should I go to school to be a SysAdmin?

I can't find work in my field and am increasingly desperate. I need to find some kind of path to employment and have been looking at my options in my local community college. Can you all help me make sense of IT as a career option? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Can an engineer escape from a black hole?

I have an engineering degree and seven years of experience working as a mechanical engineer in a niche industry. I was laid off over a year ago, and I still can't find a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Work and job search-related depression

How can I stop feeling depressed about my job and the fact that nothing is coming up while I job search? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Oct 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Aiming for confidence in second career, despite Impostor Syndrome

I am a middle-aged person who changed careers about six years ago. I love my second career, data visualization; I have dreamed of doing this as a job for decades. I really want to excel, because I think it's a fascinating and useful field. I love to pore over the amazing, beautiful, limit-expanding work being done by others... who I then always remember are highly trained specialists, way out of my league. [more inside]
posted by GrammarMoses on Oct 4, 2014 - 9 answers

What do I need to do to become a Technical Writer/Content Editor?

My background is chiefly Facilities Management/Procurement/Commercial Real Estate, however, I completed my Business degree last year as a mature student of 32. It is only recently (through exhaustive introspection after being made redundant 4 months previously) that my passion falls within the technical writing/editing arenas. Moreover,What colour is your parachute?enabled me to identify what skills I have utilized and subsequently enjoyed throughout my life/career, to facilitate a career of my choice as opposed to just falling into roles I do not like. [more inside]
posted by emma33UK on Sep 30, 2014 - 3 answers

An odd job situation

To put it simply: how can I get hired into a job that I'm way overqualified for? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Sep 3, 2014 - 22 answers

Want to become a therapist at 32 with no psychology degree.

I'm 32, in NYC, no psych degree, and I'm burned out on my current job path. How do I break into a career as a therapist or counselor? [more inside]
posted by ktpetals on Sep 1, 2014 - 8 answers

really some sort of American Idol for jobs would be ideal

I need a career change. I just don't know what to. How does one go about finding this out? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Aug 14, 2014 - 17 answers

Late Life Career Change

Is it totally absurd to consider starting on the path to a degree in physical therapy/kinesiology at the age of 44? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Aug 14, 2014 - 10 answers

The eternal curse of the career changer

Hiring managers of MeFi: say you're looking at the resume or cover letter of a candidate who is a mid-life (or later) career changer. They are attempting to come into your field with much professional experience in a totally unrelated career, but little-to-no professional, paying experience in your field. Are there things about them that would make you run screaming? Things that would make you go "hmmmm...maybe..."? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates on Jul 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Still don't know what I want to be when I grow up ... at 39

Trying to figure out how to begin a career change at 39, when I don’t even know what I want to do next. Feeling really adrift and stuck right now – how do I start making a move? [more inside]
posted by DingoMutt on Jul 24, 2014 - 20 answers

How to figure out and pursue a more lucrative career past age 30?

I have realized that my career path is not going to offer the compensation or growth potential I would like. I need to pivot. How can I identify an more lucrative career path and the steps necessary both to train and to break into said path? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Careers for Physics Graduates

A couple of years ago, I graduated from [famous university] with a decent bachelors in physics. Since then, I've been working in a job which I'm going to be slightly opaque about, but I'm basically a ‘radiation physicist’ who gets paid by the government. I'm finding lots of aspects of this job unsatisfying and I'm looking for a career change. What are good avenues to explore for physics graduates? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2014 - 8 answers

What are the best associations for development and politics?

I've been making the transition into international development and am looking to join a relevant association. Which should I join? [more inside]
posted by wingless_angel on Jul 21, 2014 - 1 answer

Coding Bootcamps and Career-Switching and Admissions Strategies, Oh My!

I'm starting to seriously plan for a career-switch to programming, going the Coding Bootcamp route as a way to jump-start my skills, my portfolio and my networking. I want advice on how best to prepare and what to expect. Snowflakes, as always, inside. [more inside]
posted by firechicago on Jul 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Physiotherapist: a career for the middle aged?

Is physiotherapy a viable career to take up in your thirties? [more inside]
posted by crazycanuck on Jun 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I pivot careers?

I went to university for Architecture. I've been in the field for 8 years, never got my license, and I really don't see my future in it. I'd like to switch to computer science / programming. Is this realistic? How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by Llamadog-dad on Jun 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Web developer salaries: help me distinguish hyperbole from reality

I'm considering a career change into web development and I'm hoping AskMe can help me sort through the abundance of relevant information and get a sense of what reasonable expectations might be. To put it succinctly, I'd like to make about $75-80k a year so that I can support my parents while still being able to save money for my own future. Is it probable for a self-taught developer to earn a salary in this range? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Flipping my job from one field to another - again

I may be close to receiving a job offer after my efforts to escape my horror transition into government began to pay off rather more quickly than I thought they would. Now I feel really uncertain about another career pivot so soon after the last one. Should I consider flipping again into another completely different area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

The cubicle is always less dusty in the other office...

Have you ever regretted a career change? Have you ever attempted to change careers and failed to find gainfull employment in your new desired field? [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on May 27, 2014 - 8 answers

How Can I Afford My Career Change?

How do I make my financial situation work? Late 20-something living in Chicago trying to financially survive a career change. Tons of details here, but any ideas, suggestions, or help would be so appreciated. [more inside]
posted by carlypennylane on Apr 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Tell me your experiences in trade school

I'm considering going back to school to become an electrician. Tell me why I should/shouldn't. [more inside]
posted by lizifer on Apr 22, 2014 - 24 answers

Rebranding or repairing a broken PhD student

This seems to be a week for academia-related questions. I am an ABD student in the humanities at a prestigious university. The job prospects in my field are grim, and they are grimmer still for me because I have not performed well in my program. My history is one of late papers, lingering incompletes, delayed time to qualifying exams, and poor rapport with faculty. I am in the beginning stages of writing a dissertation that I know will serve me no real purpose. So what do I do now? [more inside]
posted by redfishbluefish on Apr 8, 2014 - 16 answers

How to transition from corporate world to fundraising?

I think I'd like to transition from the corporate world into fundraising, but I am not sure of the best way to do so. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2014 - 6 answers

Getting associate's after a BA?

Does it make sense to get an associate's degree after already finishing my bachelor's? [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Mar 19, 2014 - 12 answers

I want to be a fundraiser, but I don't know how...

I want to transition out of the world of marketing into a career in development/nonprofit fundraising. I have dusted off my resume and have started applying for annual fund jobs, and I've scored a phone interview early this upcoming week. Please give me a crash course into the world of development/nonprofit fundraising and help me not screw this up! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on Feb 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Advice for starting a new line of work while in Melbourne for two years?

My wife got a temporary academic position in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. I have happily followed her here. After almost six years of working in childcare, I would really like to get into a new line of work. Something physically active and room for some actual advancement. I just turned 30 and feel a bit like I have been wasting too much time treading water in childcare. I have a few years experience as a prep cook and dishwasher, and years of experience volunteering in non-profits and community organisations. We don't have tons of friends here and I am feeling a bit isolated and discouraged. Any advice or motivation you can share would be greatly appreciated. More details below of course! [more inside]
posted by Slimemonster on Feb 4, 2014 - 12 answers

The wide world of healthcare

Calling all nurse practitioners: tell me about your career. [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Jan 29, 2014 - 10 answers

Where can I volunteer at an archive in NYC? (I have no experience.)

I'm starting to explore a career change and I want to figure out whether I'd enjoy being an archivist. I'm 40, but I don't have any experience in archiving, so first I want to find out whether I'd like it. I live in Manhattan and have a regular 9-5 day job. I currently work as an editor at a legal publishing company and I'm a former lawyer. I enjoy American political and social history. I also like the arts (especially old movies and theater). I'm interested in working with historical documents and/or digital archives. I understand that not every volunteer experience might include access to those; I'm just trying to give a sense of my interests. I also wouldn't mind talking to a working archivist to get a sense of what the work is like.
posted by Tin Man on Jan 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Tell me about nonprofit marketing

Do any Mefites work in nonprofit marketing? Can you tell me a little about what it's like and how to get started in it? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Dec 17, 2013 - 9 answers

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