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Should you ever turn down a promotion?

I think my boss is about to offer me a promotion. What should I say if I'm not sure I actually want it? [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Apr 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Do you have any experience working multiple careers?

My first question filter: I have the opportunity to one day in the near future work two relatively well paying jobs. I want to know if anyone has any experience with the such, and can offer words of wisdom/caution, pros and cons. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by Stan Grossman on Apr 12, 2012 - 4 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

Changing careers: PR edition

How do I prepare for a career in public relations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2012 - 6 answers

I need ad agency career advice

Ad agency/career filter: I'm 24. Sometimes I love my job, sometimes it stresses me out so much that I want to leave. An opportunity to move on has presented itself and now I'm panicking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me create my own career of being an international citizen!

What are careers that are like being in the US Foreign Service (the diplomatic corps), but not? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on Mar 6, 2012 - 14 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

What do non-academic economists do?

What is economics? What do non-academic economists do? [more inside]
posted by jb on Feb 28, 2012 - 15 answers

E-Text Research

Grad school (or possibly career)-related question: Do you know about research involving e-textbooks and how students and educators might best use them? [more inside]
posted by graphnerd on Feb 7, 2012 - 9 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

Acquiring new skills - how can I add more value?

What skills can I acquire that will make me more valuable and more hire-able in the years to come? The world is getting tougher and I want to make sure I always have a job - hopefully, an interesting one. [more inside]
posted by bunderful on Feb 2, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I start a new career and where should I go to do that?

About 18 months ago I dropped out of law school due to depression and amid a divorce. Since then I've been living with my parents in my tiny hometown and working for my dad. But this situation can't last forever for a lot reasons. So where should I go? What should I do to start a new career? And how do I get there? [more inside]
posted by fairlysober on Feb 1, 2012 - 23 answers

A rewarding job? Is that a thing?

Can you help me find a more interesting, fulfilling job in the tech industry? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 27, 2012 - 11 answers

Escaping the Ivory Tower

I have a PhD in English. Enough said. No? Okay. How can I ease a transition out of academia and into the private sector, while still doing the part-time teaching thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2012 - 6 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

"We don't want to waste each other's time"

Companies wanting to get into in-depth salary discussions before they even give you an offer - is this some new trend? I'm used to focusing on my excitement for the position and what it entails during interviews, and dealing with the salary side of things once an offer is in my hand. Having the offer and working with it gives a candidate much more leverage to get into hard negotiations that leave both parties satisfied. [more inside]
posted by naju on Dec 8, 2011 - 25 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

Today's episode brought to you by the letter P. Or maybe the letter O.

What skills and characteristics make someone better suited to a career in physical therapy versus occupational therapy? [more inside]
posted by Jaie on Nov 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Pitch me your story

If you work in advertising (especially digital advertising), how did you wind up in this industry, and specifically in your current position? Was this your intended profession, or was your professional path more circuitous? [more inside]
posted by Lieber Frau on Nov 6, 2011 - 14 answers

Standing on the corner of the road to no regret.

After a few months of looking, I've found another research-related job at my university. Tell me what doors it will open to me that weren't open already. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 30, 2011 - 1 answer

Giving up on research. What next?

Recent bioscience graduate is unsure what to do with his life. Science writing a possibility. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 29, 2011 - 4 answers

What can systems theory do for me?

Tell me all about Systems Theory, and how it can solve all my problems. [more inside]
posted by crazylegs on Oct 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Non-traditional library careers

(1) What are some non-traditional careers out there for MLIS graduates? (2) Also, I've heard a little bit about consulting and information architecture, but how does one get started in these fields? [more inside]
posted by angelaas525 on Oct 26, 2011 - 8 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 help my SO cope with the stress of finding a job?

My girlfriend's finishing grad school, and is beginning her job hunt. How can I best help her cope with the stress? She's smart, capable and graduating from a top 5 school, but she's generally negative and I think her fear of being unemployed is heightened by the fact that she had an unsuccessful job search at the end of her BSc, and by the pressure put on her by her family. Plus, since I've got a job in her desired field, it makes it harder for me to relate to what she's going through. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: Tell Me More About Someone's Work

More non-fiction please! As a strange antidote to having to read a lot of dry academic articles, I enjoy pleasurable non-fiction writing about jobs and work. Books I've liked in the past include May Roach (Stiff); Atul Gawande (Complications, Better); Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickeled and Dimed); and Tracy Kidder (House, Among Schoolchildren). I'd like recommendations for more non-fiction along those lines. [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on Sep 23, 2011 - 36 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

being triggered by jobhunting - help

How do I cope with being constantly triggered while job-hunting? It's severely impacting my ability to apply for jobs. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 10, 2011 - 16 answers

Web Developer or Project Manager?

I'm an exhausted hybrid web developer/project manager/computer support person and would like to specialize. Please advise me. [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on Sep 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Training for Geeky Career/Job

What formal training exists to meet the requirements for this geeky job offer? "XML/XQuery; Content Management Systems (CMS)"
posted by five fresh fish on Aug 21, 2011 - 9 answers

Career ideas for stuck linguist?

Careers advice for UK local government linguist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2011 - 3 answers

How do I switch into a career in web/software development?

I think I want to ditch law school before it starts and become a developer of some kind, but I have no experience in the field. How do I accomplish the career change after the law school ditching? (more details inside) [more inside]
posted by traversionischaracter on Aug 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Applying for Illinois state jobs?

Can anyone give me a quick narrative about getting a job with the State of Illinois? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Jul 31, 2011 - 1 answer

How can I, a total weirdo, get a job saving the environment?

Green career ideas for a right-brained, mechanically challenged sociophobic introvert who doesn’t want a desk job? [more inside]
posted by indognito on Jul 17, 2011 - 22 answers

Careers for a social butterfly

What kinds of professional careers are there that involve working with people and helping them that won't bore me or burn me out? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Jun 24, 2011 - 15 answers

That UN Passport is such a lovely shade of blue

Help me transition from journalism to a development/NGO/UN career ... without a master's! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 - 12 answers

Health professions/schools that do not require any standardized testing to get into?

What are other careers similar to a Chiropractor? IE. Health professions/schools that do not require any standardized testing to get into? [more inside]
posted by cruncheweesy on Jun 22, 2011 - 23 answers

Got my "Ghost Hunter" business card, now what?

How do off-the-wall, one-person operations get their professional start? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on May 28, 2011 - 7 answers

How to turn hobby (dressmaking) into business, and is it a good idea?

Advice on turning a hobby (dressmaking) into a business/career for a recent graduate [more inside]
posted by robintw on May 10, 2011 - 13 answers

Should I stay with my company or leave for another job?

I've been living overseas for a decade and have decided to move home to be closer to my family. My multinational company has agreed in principal to transfer me to an office in my home country. I am happy at my current company, but negotiations are proceeding more slowly than I would like. Enter company B, a competitor, which has approached me about a similar position in the city I would like to move to. Should I stay or should I go? [more inside]
posted by kramer1975 on May 2, 2011 - 5 answers

Career woes : digital project manager vs. software project manager

I'm a digital project manager and have been through a few advertising agencies, each lasting about a year. I'm in my mid 30's and am currently in management running the digital department at an advertising agency. I'm truly looking to get out of advertising and into software, where process is more respected and you actually make products that need to last and serve a purpose. When I go through job postings, my skills don't seem to transfer because it's openly acknowledged that true project management is not practiced in advertising. Anybody have any insight on the possibility of moving over or experience with it?
posted by Starsandthings on Apr 8, 2011 - 12 answers

How did you pay for your MLS degree?

Do MLS students ever receive full funding? [more inside]
posted by Ylajali on Mar 31, 2011 - 24 answers

What is my career?

What did you do when you were in your 20s and trying to find a way to support yourself financially but still had no idea what you wanted to do in terms of a career? [more inside]
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth on Mar 28, 2011 - 31 answers

Should I do patent law?

Would you advise a lawyer with 22 undergraduate physics credits to complete the 2-3 additional physics classes necessary to qualify for the patent bar? Will I be employable as a patent attorney in Chicago with the minimum technical background or do I need an additional degree (or degrees)? Is it fun? [more inside]
posted by steinwald on Mar 21, 2011 - 12 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

Help me become a public intellectual

I may know what I want to do with my life. Yay! But how the heck do I get there? [more inside]
posted by metametababe on Feb 11, 2011 - 17 answers

Work for the right to keep a tie on.

Help me use a college career fair to my best advantage! [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Feb 9, 2011 - 5 answers

In the banking jobhunt world, AVP does not mean Alien Vs Predator

What are the best job hunting sites/resources for an AVP level bank officer looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by rmd1023 on Feb 8, 2011 - 4 answers

I bought myself a liarbird, things got more and more absurd.

(JobFilter): Help me work with a university career center. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Feb 2, 2011 - 2 answers

A Year In the Life Of

Are there a series of books about holding a particular kind of job for a year? [more inside]
posted by The ____ of Justice on Jan 17, 2011 - 3 answers

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