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Age 25. Huge college debt. Can't land a better job. What should I do?

I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by usersname on Nov 9, 2013 - 49 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Moved back home, depressed. Where do I go now?

I'm trapped in an untennable situation and am unsure how to get out. After leaving school for medical/depression related issues, I've been forced to move back home with my family. I have a couple of options that look somewhat promising in terms of escaping, but I'm paralyzed and don't know which way to go. Help? Typical snowflake stuff within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Find out where it's happening, and get yourself there?

Can I- a college student- work for the Obama campaign (in dc, in chicago, in a swing state) this summer and not starve? Or are there other wacky, do-it-while-you're-young-live-out-of-your-car summer experiences Askmefi would suggest? [more inside]
posted by 221bbs on Apr 16, 2012 - 14 answers

Jobless Twentysomething

Please help me plan my post grad life (aspiring designer). [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Mar 3, 2012 - 4 answers

It's hard to think about the meaning of your life when you can barely make rent

Just graduated from college. Unbelievably bitter and having an existential crisis. So, now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2011 - 53 answers

How to network

I'm in the final months of my university degree, and several companies (finance related) who I'll be applying for work with are holding 'networking' events on campus. How exactly does one 'network'? [more inside]
posted by moorooka on Feb 27, 2011 - 5 answers

I are a college student!....Now what?!?!

How should I map out my higher education plan to fully maximize my hiring potential? [more inside]
posted by penguingrl on Nov 13, 2010 - 10 answers

LGBT resources for those in need

Are there any resources available for young LGBT individuals who are not able to live in their current living environment due to being kicked out or are denied entry into the home? Also it would be nice to find out about employment and college resources for us. I'm not a minor - I'm 19 years of age.
posted by antgly on Nov 1, 2010 - 22 answers

Help me while away my early 20s

Graduating from college in 9 months. Willing to travel anywhere, do (almost) anything. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Jul 28, 2010 - 11 answers

26 year old college graduate looking for first job

I am 26 years old and just graduated from college with a B.A. in Anthropology. I am looking for my first job. [more inside]
posted by pamela123 on May 28, 2010 - 27 answers

Can't I just take pictures in Somalia and Gaza for the rest of my life?

[Help-me-plan-my-life filter] Q1: What should I do with my life? Q2: Which College should I attend? {intl relief/dev or photography related} [more inside]
posted by hasna on Jan 8, 2010 - 7 answers

Educate me (and mine).

Which colleges or universities still offer free tuition to children of employees who get accepted to the school? [more inside]
posted by mds35 on May 14, 2009 - 51 answers

Is a BS worth spending another year in school?

I'm working on a BA in chemistry, with a concentration in biochemistry. Compared to getting a BS, will it be harder for me to find a job when I graduate? If so, how much harder? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2008 - 13 answers

'General Geek' Seeks Employment?

I'm a general geek. I.e. I can do basic HTML, CSS, JScript, PHP, etc. I'm proficient in Photoshop, but by no means an expert. I'm the hardware troubleshooting guy for my family, and a few others (oy). What kind of job am I looking for? There is, of course, more to this... [more inside]
posted by aleahey on Mar 28, 2008 - 19 answers

How can I assist my girlfriend in finding a decent job in a difficult college town?

How can I assist my girlfriend in finding a decent job in a difficult college town job market? [more inside]
posted by Anthony84 on Sep 11, 2007 - 16 answers

Midlife crisis - what to do about school

Where is age 38 in regards to college and professional career tracks in the US? Does this tip towards the young or old side of the fulcrum? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Jul 18, 2007 - 13 answers

Why Can't He Find A Job?

My boyfriend's fresh out of college, and is having a really hard time finding work in his field (graphic design). [more inside]
posted by Teevee's Bella on Nov 13, 2006 - 24 answers

ResumeFilter

ResumeFilter: As a new college graduate how much of my collegiate career should I place on my resume? [more inside]
posted by ASM on Aug 7, 2006 - 21 answers

Job prospects in Canada?

Is Canada a good place to go if you want a decent job and a good place to go for college?
posted by Keyser Soze on Nov 2, 2004 - 23 answers

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