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Help on teaching kids on Project Management

My kids' school has started a program to have parents come in and talk about careers after school - what jobs are available, what it means from overall responsibility and day-to-day activities. I am signed up to talk about IT Project Mgmt... [more inside]
posted by theobserver on Nov 11, 2013 - 9 answers

help me solve my problems

I plan to make this a three-part series over three weeks, where I ask you to help me solve the three problems that keep percolating in my head. This week: my career [more inside]
posted by cacao on Nov 9, 2013 - 2 answers

Science + law = profit?

Scientist interested in transitioning from the lab into a legal advisory position. Advice? Cautionary tales? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2013 - 3 answers

Jobs Involving Cities, w/o math + grad school

I love cities, I love walking around in them, I love learning about them, and I would like to make a career out of this. Caveats: I do not want to deal with math/science, and I would really rather not go to grad school. [more inside]
posted by facehugger on Nov 4, 2013 - 15 answers

Every 20 years, one comes along...

I remember reading a passage about (I think) the art & science of surgery, in which a professor or older physician remarked that every once in a while, a medical student would come along who was an immediate standout in their class and a natural in surgery. What book/article was this from? Bonus question: what are some other instances of this "trope" in different careers/skills?
posted by averageamateur on Oct 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Librarianship > IA / UX work - how did you make the transition?

Librarians - and ex-librarians - of Metafilter: Have you made the transition from librarianship to working in information architecture or user experience research and design? If so, what were some concrete steps that you took - networking, professional development, coursework - to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Oct 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Readings in relief and development for the college freshman

When I was sixteen, I said I wanted to be a doctor and work in humanitarian relief. A few years on I'm not so sure - but I want to read all about relief and development! Specifically, the economics and politics of international development, as well as aid workers' experiences. Memoirs, essay collections, academic treatises, etc are welcome. [more inside]
posted by undue influence on Oct 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Tips for assisting w/ a job search for someone who can't do it alone

I've offered to help a relative with a job search because it isn't going well on her own. She is qualified (with a 2 year degree) for the job she wants to find (and is not interested in entry level retail or the sort) but doesn't have the experience or skills to go about finding it. She also may have a diagnosis of Asperger's, and whether or not that's certain, I can at least say that she is stymied by technology (forgets how to do things, forgets logins, avoids it where possible), isn't likely to search out new career listings online much less apply, and gets weary and forgetful of the search easily. I would like some help from AskMe trying to make this is as easy as possible for her while hopefully still teaching her a few tricks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 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

Going from Finance to Tech

Tell me about switching from a career in finance to a career in tech. Lots of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by prunes on Oct 5, 2013 - 4 answers

How to help others

I finished my masters in counseling psychology back in December. I have not taking my licensure exam yet which is the NCE. In order to become a therapist I have to pass the NCE and eventually get my LCPC after I have accumulated my hours. The question I have is how should I decide on being able to utilize my skills so that I can help others? I have read quite a lot on autism and I have a moderate amount of experience with helping children and adults with Asperger Syndrome. The question though, is where should I begin with all of this? There are a wide variety of different disorders that I am familiar with. I would eventually like to be able to help people with all sorts of problems, but I'm not sure what is the best way to go about this. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by nidora on Sep 15, 2013 - 7 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

A directionless 20-something, how original.

I need help figuring out the next step to take in my life. [more inside]
posted by bluloo on Aug 16, 2013 - 10 answers

Do you think that graduating from college with a low GPA is the end of

Do you think that graduating from college with a low GPA is the end of the world? If someone graduated from college with a 2.5 or 2.6 overall GPA, could that person still be successful in his or her career, live a rewarding life, pursue hobbies, and travel around the world? Or would that person be confined to flipping burgers or working at Walmart for the rest of his or her life?
posted by annanyc on Aug 15, 2013 - 70 answers

Just like Ronnie sang...

I know of a couple of duets from the 80s that resurrected old musical careers. Help me find more! [more inside]
posted by hanov3r on Aug 7, 2013 - 19 answers

How can I unbind my life?

I'm in a bind. Six years ago I made the mistake of entering grad school in a humanities field, in which pretty much the only career trajectory is to become an academic. I'm now pretty sure I wouldn't be happy in a standard academic job. However, I have few other marketable skills. There's the added complication that I'm a foreign student without a green card, so if I quit the program, or finish and fail to find a job, I'd have to leave the US and go back to my home country, which I don't want to do. I feel there must be possible courses of action which I'm not seeing, and would appreciate help finding them. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Jul 28, 2013 - 16 answers

I wanna work part-time! Wah!

I've come to realize that maybe the key to my mental health is finding a situation where I only have to work 20-30 hours a week (supplementing income with an at-home gig). Are there fields where jobs like that are more common? In applying to such jobs, should I specify in my cover letter that I would like to work part-time, or does that just highlight what a lazy bum I am? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Jul 24, 2013 - 21 answers

Some lawyers are happier than others, right?

What kinds of lawyers are happiest? Personality types, practice areas, employer types -- or any other relevant factors. Anecdotal evidence welcome, although certainly non-anecdotal information would be great, too. [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Jul 18, 2013 - 31 answers

Take this job and shove it

I want to change careers. currently I am a librarian. I want to be a reporter, or communications/public relations work for a company. I currently began writing for pay for a small organization. It has been very exciting and a great way to network. I have other skill sets, and would like to explore those, too. They include non-profit event planning, fundraising, research. I think I would be an asset to another company. How do I go about getting out of my current job, and start a new career? I feel really stuck.
posted by Jewel98 on Jul 13, 2013 - 11 answers

A rising HS senior is foundering in search of post-high-school options.

My younger brother is an unimpressive student who doesn't show much evidence of being able to apply himself. His grades are B's and C's pretty much across the board in both the sciences and humanities. He wasn't making much progress at sports or with a musical instrument, and after a year or two his motivation fades. I have provided him with learning tools for some technical computery stuff, but that hasn't really been paying off either. He likes drawing and sketching, but not intensely, and the complexity of 3D and animation quickly turned him off. Generally, he likes hanging out with friends, riding bikes, watching TV, and playing video games. But what the hell is he going to be doing a year from now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 26, 2013 - 50 answers

Help my wife narrate awesomeness

My wife has expressed interest in being a voice actor. Doing some narration work to be more specific. How does someone get into the field? My google fu is not helping me! Do classes help? [more inside]
posted by Librarygeek on Jun 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Tips for having multiple careers

Do you have advice on pursuing/ handling multiple jobs at once? Especially if both are jobs you plan on making into careers. [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jun 10, 2013 - 2 answers

how to engage in self-care when responsibilities get in the way

I'm depressed, in a gruesome summer class, and feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day to handle both my responsibilities and my well-being. How do busy people balance these things? Why do we even bother with these pesky responsibilities that society imposes on us? [more inside]
posted by DayTripper on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 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

Is this real life?

About 6 or 7 months ago, I started my first post-academic job in a corporate environment. (I had been an adjunct.) I've now reached the point where the honeymoon's over, and I'm deeply concerned that I'm unlikely to find any satisfaction in work. Am I expecting too much of my working life, or is there something more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 2, 2013 - 30 answers

Are you more successful than your parents? How?

My parents never had careers. I would like to. Most career advice doesn't make any sense to me, and I'd love your thoughts on the matter. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 1, 2013 - 33 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 do you do with a BS in Physics? ♫♫

Three years ago, I graduated with a Physics degree. Since then, I've been working in a soul-crushing IT job. Realistically, what are my options to push my career forward? Help me find my passion. Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 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

Day in The Life of a professor or research scientist

I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the daily experience of a university researcher in either psychology or the basic sciences as well as a meta-review of the job as a whole. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 14, 2013 - 5 answers

Pharmacist looking for work outside of the retail setting--what's next?

Can someone explain the best career path for a pharmacist with 6 years of retail experience as a technician, 11 months of experience as a medical editor, and 7 months of experience as a pharmacist? [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Mar 11, 2013 - 4 answers

Everything from A-Z including a job for ME! (hopefully)

Those of you who have been through the amazon corporate hiring process, what was it like? Did I commit a major boneheaded move in my application for a job? [more inside]
posted by tylerfulltilt on Mar 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me find happiness in my current job, or one that suits me better?

I am unhappy with my professional life, but have no idea what I’d rather being doing. Does a person exist who can help me either figure out how to be happy with what I’m doing, or figure out what I really want instead? And if so, how do I find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 - 11 answers

User interface design - what's it actually like?

What I would like to know is for those of you actually in the field who work in UI/UX design what the day to day is actually like. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2013 - 9 answers

Jobs/professions separated by taste, and income, but not skills?

Those who can, do; those who can't, teach. But it seems to me -- as a teacher discussing possible careers with young folks, in which some focus on maximum expected income per skill set -- that there are jobs or professions in which the average participant could excel at another, and earn (on average) more money, but chooses not to. This is helpful in illustrating that income isn't allocated by talent, and those choosing professions value many different things. Can you help me think of airtight examples in the following form? "Many/most Xs have the skills to succeed as Ys -- and they could earn more money, on average, as Ys -- but they choose not to." Speculation about why they might make that choice (including, e.g., love of doing X, distaste for Y, risk averseness, etc.) also appreciated. Please set aside factors that don't really relate to choice, such as scarcity or ignorance. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Feb 10, 2013 - 19 answers

Is a career change into finance realistic for me?

Over the last year or so, my interest in Finance has been building steadily, to the point where I’m considering the possibility of a career change. [more inside]
posted by molloy on Feb 3, 2013 - 10 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

What can I do in my free time which could lead to a job?

What qualifications (certifications, skills, volunteer experiences, etc.) can I realistically pick up, for free, without actually being employed in the field which they would qualify me for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 29, 2013 - 9 answers

Linkedin for the Differently-Organized?

How does one use linkedin effectively if one hasn't exactly got a career? [more inside]
posted by Because on Jan 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me design a parachuting class (not that kind)

My husband and I (both in our 30s) will graduate in May and then move to a completely new-to-us part of the country for a fresh start. During our last semester, we want to work together on defining and figuring out what our new career paths will be in the next phase of our lives. Please help us design a program to help us ask the right questions and do the right work to help us figure out what we want! More about our specific situation within. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jan 13, 2013 - 1 answer

Trying to create a list of jobs in a hospital, with small descriptions

I am a technology teacher who is starting a careers project with my middle schoolers next month. [more inside]
posted by aetg on Jan 11, 2013 - 15 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 join a professional society for research administration?

Should I join a professional society for research administration? I oversee a social science research center at a prestigious Midwestern university. We're funded through a NIH P01. I started at this institution as an editorial type about 5 years ago, and thanks to some fortunate coincidences and active campaigning on my part, I now supervise the day-to-day operations of a staff of about 15. Along with other duties, I am responsible for many of the administrative aspects of active and prospective grants (overseeing ledgers, creating budgets, preparing progress reports, etc.) My title is "associate director," but I think the generic term for what I do is "research administrator." [more inside]
posted by ndg on Dec 27, 2012 - 5 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

Hello from the bottom of a pit.

I feel like I'm at the bottom of a deep pit, and it will take a long series of successful maneuvers to get out of the pit. Other people's lives don't seem to be pit-shaped. Help me make this pit go away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2012 - 22 answers

Remedial Resume Resources.

Resume 101, now with Extra Snowflakes! Spotty work-history, useless degrees, and no idea whatsoever how to actually *write* one of the things. [more inside]
posted by Because on Nov 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Which of these paths will point me in the best direction?

Please help me pick the most relevant program for my career/education goals. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Nov 25, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I be a great children's librarian?

I recently changed jobs from a teen librarian to a children's librarian. I have solid public service skills, but I feel like I'm behind the curve in terms of preparedness. Help me be the best children's librarian ever! [more inside]
posted by itsamermaid on Nov 19, 2012 - 7 answers

Why should extroverts have all the fun?

Are there any good non-desk, non-computer-based jobs out there for introverts? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Nov 16, 2012 - 16 answers

How to Stop Being Underemployed

I somewhat successfully moved out of this situation...But I'm too drained to make any major moves forward, even though the urgency is much greater. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Nov 12, 2012 - 36 answers

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