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Yet another career advice question from a frustrated software developer

For most of my career I've just floated downstream taking a position that seemed interesting enough, or at least an improvement - and then found myself unhappy when it wasn't a good fit. I want to be more intentional in my job search this time - I'm hoping the wise folks of green might have some ideas of industries and jobs I should be researching. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Sep 5, 2014 - 3 answers

In need of career advice

I feel like work is papering the file to fire me. At the same time, I feel hopelessly stuck on what I want to do career-wise. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by prunes on May 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Books to read along with "Lean In"

Our book club is doing a "Lean In free swim" -- everyone will read Lean In* plus one other book of their choice on the topic of gender and work. What would be some good choices for the second book? [more inside]
posted by jhc on Feb 28, 2014 - 19 answers

Should I become a plumber?

I’m seriously thinking about becoming a plumber (or possibly an electrician). Does this idea make sense for me from a personal and financial perspective? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2013 - 27 answers

Which road to take?

I'm at the final round of interviews for two very different jobs, and if I'm offered both, I'm not sure what I should do. One's at a nonprofit, the other's at an advertising agency. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 26, 2013 - 7 answers

What's it like to be a bookkeeper, and how do I get there from here?

I have a BSc in physics and an environmental diploma, neither of which are getting me any work. I've been doing office temp work for a couple of years now - mostly admin with a bit of reception. I enjoy admin work but I'd rather get away from the customer/client-facing stuff. I have pretty strong math and computer skills (via physics), I enjoy some things people often find boring (e.g. filing, messing around with Excel), and I'm comfortable sitting in front of a computer all day. Do you think I would like bookkeeping? What's it actually like to be a bookkeeper? What do you do in the run of a day? [more inside]
posted by fullerenedream on Mar 24, 2013 - 7 answers

I want to get on my own two feet. I need a plan of attack.

The Short: I'm a single young adult with a college degree and student loan debt. I live in a sterile small city with limited job prospects. I want to move out and get an entry-level or temporary job in a coastal U.S. city (NYC, LA, SF, Seattle). Please walk me through the logistics and help me devise a plan, as well as offer any advice you have on making it on your own in a new city (essentially, how to be an independent, self-sufficient adult). [more inside]
posted by matticulate on Dec 13, 2012 - 19 answers

Deciding whether to switch from temp to permanent employment?

For those who made the switch from temp to permanent work, what factors did you consider, what helped you decide? [more inside]
posted by glache on Sep 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Is the union screwing me in advance?

I'm applying for a union (CUPE) job that I am almost 100% sure I am going to be offered. I think I am worth more than the union mandated payscale. What extras can I request/negotiate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me prepare for a job hunt with little work experience.

Lots of life experience/education, not so much work experience. Help me get ready to get a job. [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Jul 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Selling out right from the start?

Jobs/paying activities that involve specialist use of the voice? (Singing, announcing, etc) [more inside]
posted by solarion on Jun 11, 2012 - 10 answers

I feel like a schmuck!

I feel like a schmuck and I hate it. Very special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 - 25 answers

job search and networking etiquette

What is the etiquette for contacting a former (short-term) supervisor about new job leads? [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Feb 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Why can't I be Sherlock, Indiana and Marie Curie all at once?

Dear Mefites: help me decide what to do with my life. I know I want adventure, travel, intellectual stimulation and to be of service to others... but what does that mean for my career? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Feb 6, 2012 - 18 answers

Help an ENTP narrow down their career path choices....

In the last couple months I've come to realize that I am not alone. My personality is my problem and it is what has made this post-college thing so hard on me. ENTPs are sort of visionaries who can be the best and innovate and succeed at anything we put our heart to but we get bored very easily if we aren't socially, creatively satisfied and doing some "analysis" or "innovation" or "problem solving". We also don't take well to being "told what to do". (Sort of like a cross between Steve Jobs (visionary, creative, secretly self-obsessed) Calvin (from the comic), Jack Sparrow, The Joker, and Wile E. Coyote. ) [more inside]
posted by sawyerrrr on Jan 9, 2012 - 69 answers

How do you learn to set and work on goals as an adult?

How do I figure out what I want to be when I grow up? I've been very lucky in my life so far—just a little bit of work has yielded me amazing opportunities that have more or less fallen into my lap. But I'm starting to realize that I have no idea how to set, develop, and follow through on goals on my own. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppet yo on Nov 30, 2011 - 5 answers

How to become less emotionally invested in work?

How do I manage emotional investment in my work? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Oct 6, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I find a job where I'm useful?

I've found what bothers me about my office job -- my position and what I do is utterly useless. What I do has absolutely no effect on anyone, nor does it increase my employer's profit or success in any measurable way. I've realized this is what leaves me absolutely drained at the end of the work day, though I've spent the day sitting at a desk. It also makes me dread going to work in the morning because I could not feel more like a cog in the machine. What are some jobs where I can actually feel useful or needed, or feel like I'm contributing to society? [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Sep 13, 2011 - 25 answers

applying for a job: are you sick of my resume yet?

How many times can I apply for a job at the same company without looking desperate? I've applied for the same job at the same organization three times in the past few years, and have not been hired. They are hiring someone for the same position again. Should I apply? [more inside]
posted by inertia on Mar 5, 2011 - 26 answers

following your bliss, writing mentor edition

Following your bliss, writing mentor edition -- how can positive experiences with mentoring and writing lead me to a career I'll love? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Oct 3, 2010 - 2 answers

How can I become more intelligent?

How can I become more intelligent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2010 - 44 answers

Looking for a non-office job where I can take pride in my work and not deal with too many people.

What are some jobs that are "out in the world" (i.e. not in an office) that don't involve lots of interaction with people? [more inside]
posted by allseeingabstract on Aug 23, 2010 - 32 answers

Dream job for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death

"Does my dream job exist?" Or, "What are some good fallback jobs for an aspiring actor who does not enjoy starving to death?" [more inside]
posted by Wanderboy on Aug 16, 2010 - 24 answers

How do I tell my manager to wake up?

How do I (or we) speak to my manager about his increasing lack of involvement in what we feel are the core components of a product's (re)launch, especially when the stakes in the launch include: our careers, the fate of the company, and the jobs of fellow colleagues in the office? [more inside]
posted by mistertoronto on Aug 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Everyday jobs that you've found fun and enjoyable

What readily available, everyday jobs have you found enjoyable? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Jul 13, 2010 - 37 answers

I want to leave my job...how do I finagle this?

I wanted to title this "give me permission to quit my job"...but I think I'm settled on that. Now what? Lots more inside. [more inside]
posted by clever anonymous username on Jun 21, 2010 - 12 answers

What's a good fit?

Looking to leave my job for a new line of work - what would be a good fit given these conditions: combination of indoor/outdoor work, engaging, varied, $40k/year, ... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2010 - 10 answers

Did no one learn from Tiger's mistakes?

Which should I secure first, new work or new shelter? Gawd, what a day. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 24, 2010 - 23 answers

Atypical ways to get interviews at companies?

Almost every job I have ever received came from responding to a Craigslist/Monster/Indeed.com ad. This strategy doesn't seem to work as well anymore, likely due to astounding increases in online application volume. Besides simply knowing someone at the company, what are other ways you've had success in getting interviews?
posted by kelechv on Dec 22, 2009 - 16 answers

Books on cover letters geared to new college grads?

Books on cover letters and resumes geared to new college graduates? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 10, 2009 - 3 answers

Escape from QA

A young microbiologist feels stifled & unsatisfied at his current job and seeks something more creative and people-oriented. [more inside]
posted by Turkey Glue on Jul 15, 2009 - 3 answers

Jobs for tax accountants?

What kinds of jobs are available for tax accountants? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Jun 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Career in the social services, but my heart isn't in it.

Career in the social services, but my heart isn't in it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2007 - 12 answers

MBA level work from home

Looking for work ideas that utilizes a fresh MBA that can be done from home. [more inside]
posted by ransom on Jan 2, 2007 - 5 answers

Help for a newly single parent

I've lost my primary income provider recently (MI). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 19, 2005 - 10 answers

Do "cool" careers suck as much as working at EA?

This entry from an EA Programmer's wife (via /.) details working for EA to complete exhaustion. I'm a young guy, maybe I don't know, but it seems to me that most of your 'dream jobs' like working on a video game, a magazine, advertising, etc. are completely exploited by management because it's seen as a cool job. Also, hundreds of people are waiting to take your 80-hour work week 'dream job.' Is this pretty much the sharp edge to doing what you love to do? Most jobs are pretty shitty, but it looks like anything remotely creative/cool sucks beyond measure as far as hours and stress goes. Do all of these 'cool' careers suck this bad? Is it just something that comes along with the industry, and you should just shut up about it?
posted by Stan Chin on Nov 11, 2004 - 31 answers

End of Unemployment

What do you do when your unemployment runs out? [more inside]
posted by alicila on Sep 14, 2004 - 17 answers

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