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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

I'm a grown-up, but I still don't know what I want to be...

Having spent the last year+ underemployed, I need a new direction. I've got a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, a dormant PE license, and a dead-end resume. I'm currently "working" for profits from an unprofitable mechanic shop doing brakes, radiators, and whatnot. It seems like all the engineering job listings require deep, specific experience--so I'm not qualified-- or are entry-level and I'm overqualified. [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Dec 15, 2013 - 16 answers

Career-switching in your 50s: Please share your experiences

I'm 52 and thinking about investing in a Masters Degree to learn computer forensics. I'd be interested to hear from people to attempted a career left-turn that late, and also from people in this field re: the feasibility of my goals. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Thinking of becoming a physician starting at age 39?

I am currently 39 and will need to finish my BA first. What are the chances that I will be accepted into medical school, internships, residencies, and hired at this age? [more inside]
posted by derward on Nov 8, 2013 - 39 answers

Online career change tools, free or paid for?

I'm seeking a major mid-life career change in the mid term (1 - 3 years) and I'd like to find several online career advice or career change tools that might help me by providing feedback, ideas and and inspiration, because I'm after something entirely new. Questionnaires, that sort of thing, rather than pages of the usual advice. This will supplement my own brainstorming, networking, asking trusted friends etc. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 answers

The grass is always greener, but how to get over the fence to see?

A little over a year into a post-PhD, non-academic research job, I am starting to look for greener pastures. There's a company that I've had my eye on who has one a "submit your resume" link but is not actively advertising any positions. How can I best approach them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Career Change in Mid Life - International Development

Am I employable at 46 years of age in the area of International Development/Public Policy if I get a Masters having had no prior experience in the 'industry'? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts on Oct 10, 2013 - 15 answers

I need to figure out how to figure out what I want to do in life.

Executive summary: I'm approaching 40 and feel pretty burned out on my current line of work. But I'm not sure what new lines I should look into. I'd like to hear about resources or techniques that people found useful for figuring this stuff out in similar positions. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Sep 12, 2013 - 6 answers

How to keep moving forward from abusive relationship

I asked these questions earlier and you were all so helpful. I am now two and a half months out of my abusive relationship. I want to continue to move forward and need your ideas and encouragement. [more inside]
posted by Rainflower on Aug 13, 2013 - 10 answers

Help me pick a path in the software industry

I'm changing careers into the software industry and I am having difficulty choosing a path – lots of different roles look REALLY appealing. If you are working or hiring in the industry, can you advise me on a good route? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Aug 12, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I become one of those people who can build/fix anything?

My grandfather was one of those people who could build anything he needed and fix everything else. My dad can do much of the same but I don't know if it was as instinctual to him or he just learned it all from his father. How can I become one of these people? [more inside]
posted by Beti on Jul 19, 2013 - 34 answers

Switch from academia to counseling?

I've been working as a non-tenure-track professor in the humanities for the last few years. I'm considering a career shift, and I'm thinking counseling might be a good fit for me. I imagine myself having a private practice where I primarily provide therapy to women. I am hoping this kind of change might offer me more career options and personal fulfillment than what I’m doing now. Still, I'm cautious. I need your wisdom! [more inside]
posted by okaynow on Jun 30, 2013 - 6 answers

Chicken before the egg ?

Help me decide how to engineer a relocation and/or career change. [more inside]
posted by Pogo_Fuzzybutt on Jun 26, 2013 - 3 answers

I was a math professor, now I'm a cattle rancher

The Scenario: You were moving along in Industry A, when you switched to Industry B, something totally different. Why did you make the switch, and how? Or - Do you know of any specific stories where this has happened that you can relate? [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Jun 9, 2013 - 13 answers

When I come home from work, I no longer want work to come home with me.

I'm in my late 30's and I need a new career, one whose responsibilities focus on the things I am better at while avoiding the things I'm awful at that make me grit my teeth. I'm a bright person, with better than average people skills, innate tech savvy, and terrific problem solving abilities. I am plain-spoken and genuine and I have endless reserves of positivity that put people at ease. But I sink like a stone when asked to tackle long term projects that require planning, organization, and longer-term time management. I'm not amitious and I'm not competitive. I've fought so long to improve at my jobs by addressing these shortcomings, but now I'm wondering if I couldn't just find a job where these skills were less important to begin with. What kind of fields could I be looking into? Additional snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 10 answers

What kind of jobs involve a lot of writing?

I like putting words together, whether they're short stories or research and reports. What kind of job would allow me to do more of that? [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Jun 2, 2013 - 15 answers

For the love of God, please help me make up my mind

I need to change careers. But I can't make up my mind about which one to go into, and it's driving me nuts. Please help me understand why I can't make up my mind, or what I should do about it. [more inside]
posted by indognito on May 27, 2013 - 10 answers

A grad program that deals with creative writing AND photography?

I'm heading for a career change, and want to get better at my two passions: creative writing (creative non-fiction) and photography. I'm looking for a grad program that helps me integrate both so I can tell both my own stories and other people's (NGOs, Foundations, etc) more persuasively. [more inside]
posted by leecohen on May 10, 2013 - 9 answers

How best to help people, "officially", with no college.

So after spending a few years unemployed, and starting my own business, I'm exploring my options for creating my next chapter. Help me figure out a path. ObDifficulty: I have no undergrad degree. [more inside]
posted by softlord on May 1, 2013 - 18 answers

Career Coaching recommendations please! (especially in LA)

I'm looking for a professional careers coach in LA to give me advice about changing careers (especially ones who are good at talking with MBA grads who don't necessarily want a typical MBA-type job). The variety of coaches available out there is a bit confusing and some of them are expensive - can anyone personally recommend one? And what criteria should I be judging them on anyway? [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Jan 30, 2013 - 2 answers

Fixing a Career Derail Five Years After Graduation

I was a re-entry student graduated in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Public Administration. My entry into the field got derailed and since 2008, I've been working out of the field, underemployed. How can I get back on track? [more inside]
posted by entropicamericana on Jan 30, 2013 - 11 answers

Applying for nursing school and just a bit lost

I may be able to apply for nursing school as early as this fall. Yay! Can you help me come up with some resources to help guide me through the application process and assess the merits of different programs? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Jan 29, 2013 - 7 answers

Career Change: Extreme Makeover Edition

I used to be a lawyer, but I hated it, so I quit and became a barista. Now I'm about to get my own café, and once again I hate my job. I need to change careers again. What next? [more inside]
posted by acridrabbit on Jan 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Career change, psychotherapy, etc.

Are you a grief counselor? How does one become a grief counselor? Should I become a grief counselor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2013 - 6 answers

When you got everything, you got everything to lose.

I'm 23, and I've had an objectively great programming job for six months. Part of me wants to quit and become a barista or something. Am I crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2013 - 57 answers

Tell me what to do for a living. Thanks.

Please, tell me about magical jobs that focus on things like strategy, brainstorming, critical thinking, research, and trends/pop culture. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Should I change my career from education to the library field?

I am currently very unhappy in my career (education) and would like to change to a completely different career (librarian). Please advise whether this would be a smart thing to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2012 - 23 answers

Love writing but...

I've always had communications-related jobs, but they never seem to be the right fit. I'm a great writer (although I have a love/hate relationship with writing), but I also helping enjoy helping people and interacting with people, etc., and writing is a pretty solitary job. (Well, PR isn't, but that's one area I want to stay away from, as well as fundraising). Have any other writer-types who are like me found a solution? (Oh, and I don't want to take on grad-school loans right now.)
posted by trillian on Dec 14, 2012 - 15 answers

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