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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

P.hD. problems

Everyone says "get out while you can!" RE: Ph.D.s in the humanities. But really, what else can I do? Difficulty level: somewhat debilitating emotional dysregulation & student debt. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Jan 28, 2013 - 17 answers

Non-drug strategies for improving concentration when depressed?

Due to depression, I'm having a lot of trouble concentrating at work. Are there non-drug strategies that I can try? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2012 - 22 answers

Doomed to fail

How can I force myself to apply for jobs when I know I will fail at any job I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Phone interview on vacation...sounds good but please read.

First of all, let me say I am thankful for getting a phone interview offer....read on and apologies for the ramble and poor writing style here. Please bear with me here for a bit. I had a job interview in a city I had hoped to move back to two weeks ago, and didn't get it. Like most others applicants, I prepared very well and studied, talked to myself, etc. so, it is what it is. I desire to get back to this place where my wife's family and my friends are and where I have lived for 15 years (Indianapolis). I've been extremely stressed out, have anxiety problems but have meds to help. [more inside]
posted by snap_dragon on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

Abandon ship?

I have a big, messy question about anxiety, student debt, grad school, loneliness, and employment. Here’s the crux of it: Should I go back to my PhD next year? If not, what should my plan for the next few months be? [more inside]
posted by The Art of Sockpuppetry on Jun 17, 2012 - 17 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

He's actually very nice.

We have a close friend who needs a job solely for the benefits. The catch: he has been out of the work force for five years and isn't particularly social or skilled. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Mar 20, 2012 - 13 answers

Keeping Calm and Carryin' On in a bout of Long Unemployment ?

How do I stay confident and not feel overwhelmed in my unemployment, 2.5 years after graduating ? [more inside]
posted by fizzix on Dec 13, 2011 - 14 answers

Are things really worse than ever? How can I cope?

Are things really worse than ever? How can I cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2011 - 63 answers

Getting a job in spite of flaws

Have to get a job within a few months. Crippled by depression and an awful work history. What's the best way to attack this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Jul 10, 2011 - 23 answers

No job and scared.

Today I was fired from my job of 10 years. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2011 - 29 answers

How do I overcome learned helplessness?

How do I overcome my learned helplessness in relation to finding a job? [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Mar 2, 2011 - 9 answers

Why can't I just keep my head down and cash the checks and be happy?

I know I'm lucky to have a job, but I hate it. How do I cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2011 - 19 answers

How do you start over at 35?

Question: Trying to rebuild after leaving an abusive relationship; how can I recover my lost sense of self, while facing a competitive job market? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2011 - 8 answers

Too sad to work?

Please help me treat a depressed boyfriend the best that I can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2010 - 32 answers

Supporting someone returning to work after depression

How can I best support a staff member returning to work after a period off with depression? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 30, 2008 - 8 answers

Job search during depression

What kind of jobs might a person without much job experience actually be able to get straight out of college, given the current financial crisis and general economic BLARGH? [more inside]
posted by raygan on Oct 23, 2008 - 17 answers

Suck up at my review or quit?

Impending performance review. I don't know whether to quit or somewhat disingenuously promise improvement and committment to the job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2008 - 6 answers

Job advice needed

I'm bipolar, have a criminal record and need a job. Got any advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 18, 2007 - 25 answers

How do you know when you're ready to go back to work after a nervous breakdown?

How do you know when you're ready to go back to work after a nervous breakdown? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2006 - 6 answers

Unemployment angst

I can't get a job I don't hate. As a result, working invariably leaves me too depressed to work, eventually. And yet, I need to support myself somehow. How? [more inside]
posted by squidlarkin on Apr 11, 2005 - 40 answers

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