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I need a better job! What's an introvert with a B.S. to do??

Here's my situation: I graduated with a bachelor's in biology, and have had a series of jobs I liked, involving wildlife rehabilitation and working at a zoo... but I've moved and these jobs are hard to come by in my current location, AND, none of these jobs make any money. So what career field can I transition into that could help me take advantage of the fact that I already have a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on May 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Are the Skillcrush classes worth it?

That's basically it - I'm not finding any reviews online. Has anyone else taken it? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Apr 27, 2014 - 4 answers

I am not bound to please thee with my answers...when it comes to career.

I graduated college last year with a degree in the science field. I have long had a passing interest in the healthcare field, and have had familial pressure to "become a doctor" even longer. It goes without saying that I decided to take an entry-level job related to healthcare. However, the more I see of healthcare, the less I like what I see, and the more I am reconsidering my future plans. The sources of the familial pressure, in turn, are getting more aggressive. (See inside.) [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Apr 27, 2014 - 27 answers

Why join proffesional societies or associations as a student?

I have been a member of a few professional societies as a student member. Should I continue with them? How can I better take advantage of them if I do? I am a student member of The American Psychological Association Division 52: International Psychology and The APA div 14: The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. They cost around $25 each annually but I don't feel I am taking advantage of them. I don't attend conferences due to the expense so I miss some of the networking benefits. There are usually forums for communication but the activity levels are fairly low. I have gotten access to some books and tons of articles and that's cool. Other than this, is it really worthwhile for me to be a member? If so, how can I better participate as an essentially online only member?
posted by Che boludo! on Apr 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Non-academic career options for PhDs?

My partner is finishing a PhD in a social science next year and is unsure about staying in academia. Have any MeFites been in a similar position? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Apr 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Getting associate's after a BA?

Does it make sense to get an associate's degree after already finishing my bachelor's? [more inside]
posted by superlibby on Mar 19, 2014 - 12 answers

Information about the "best" Masters degree to get?

I'm looking to make a career change and I'm carefully considering which Master's degree is least likely to leave me unemployed and with (more) debt. I know there are websites out there suggesting the best degrees to get, and I know it depends on personal interest, but I'm interested in finding s reputable information source on what degrees are (and aren't) likely to work out well for me. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Feb 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Quarter Life Crisis + Indecision Paralysis: How to deal & move forward?

I'm a 26 year old female "Commitment Phobe" seeking advice on 1) How to feel ok making a temporary/final decision about what to do with my life and 2) When to scrap, adjust, or follow through on my decisions when the going gets tough? Messy details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 12 answers

Midlife crisis: Suggestions for a career path out of media?

I'm nearly 40 years old and by some measures, successful. I graduated from a top university and have been employed by major companies for nearly 20 years of my professional life. I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with my chosen career though, and I was hoping some of the wise minds here could give me some advice. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2014 - 6 answers

I'm possibly moving in 6-8 months and not sure how I'll make money

My girlfriend is in the middle of applying to phd programs all over the country, and a parallel job job (k-12 educator) may not be easily available where we're going. I'm trying to prepare for alternatives so I can land on my feet. [more inside]
posted by lownote on Jan 5, 2014 - 12 answers

Gamer teen to coder

A friends teenage (16) son is considering skipping university and instead training themselves to be a programmer, with a particular interest in making games. Assuming he's starting from scratch what would be some good cheap or free resources to get him started? Both in terms of getting the basics and allow him to work on a game-related project that might hold his interest?
posted by Artw on Dec 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Wanted: state of the art educational/career counseling

I'm curious to know which businesses, organizations, people and projects are at the forefront of helping young people (12-25) to reach their educational and career goals. What kick ass programs do they have that motivate kids and help them figure out and work towards their futures? Are there any ventures/tools that support or replace the career counseling that kids get in school? [more inside]
posted by Foci for Analysis on Nov 19, 2013 - 2 answers

I want to go into Marketing Communications. Good idea?

Is Marketing Communications a good fit for me? Career advice appreciated, especially from people with experience in the industry. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I get through med school if I dislike group work?

I've just started medical school and the emphasis on group work is overwhelming me. I know that medicine is generally a team-oriented profession. I have certainly worked well in teams before, and found it enjoyable. I am affable and pulling my own weight is never an issue. Still, the fact that I have to work in a group for four hours a day, five days a week, is draining me like no other. I am angsty and tired. Please, fellow introverts and independent workers, especially those who are familiar with medical education -- how might you approach working in a heavily team-oriented environment? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Sep 8, 2013 - 13 answers

What degree/trade is worth the student loans?

I've got a little money I'm thinking about turning into some classes/training for a serious career change. With education at such a high price, I would need to pick a career/trade that can pay off the loans I would need to complete. I'm looking at trades, skilled craftwork, 2-year degrees, and 4-year degrees. Got any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Foam Pants on Aug 9, 2013 - 26 answers

Fifth time's a charm?

My college career spanned eight years, two states, and four schools. All I have to show for it is $40,000 in debt and no degree. How do I sort this mess out? Should I even try? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2013 - 13 answers

Any opinions on graduate schools of banking?

Is attending a graduate school of banking worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jun 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Deciding to transition away from the legal profession-- too soon?

I'm a law student in Ontario, just about done 2 years out of 3. I absolutely hate the academic aspect of it, and I'm pretty miserable. I didn't particularly enjoy the practice experiences I've had either, at 3 different legal-aid type clinics working as a student in family law, criminal law, and landlord/tenant matters. I have invested a lot of money into pursuing this law degree. Should I be giving serious thought to finding something else to do with my life as soon as I graduate, or should I stick it out and work my hardest to try to get a paying job in the legal profession, in the hopes that I will be able to pay off my student loan debt? [more inside]
posted by spicytunaroll on Apr 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Creative jobs outside of education, possibly finance/math-related?

What jobs outside of education would fit my interests and experiences (most of which are education-related)? Are there jobs related to my math major that will appeal to my need for creative outlets in my work? [more inside]
posted by violetish on Apr 9, 2013 - 9 answers

How does one become an FBI (or similar) agent?

I'm a late-twenties adult finishing my BA a little late. I'm still a little unsure as to what I'd like to do, but I've always had an interest in solving crimes. What are my options for doing this as a career, preferably NOT for a local police department, at least in the long term? [more inside]
posted by ancient star on Apr 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Do you have an awesome job in an awesome field? I want to hear about it

As a counterpoint to this question, which educational/career tracks do offer solid job prospects and a good return on investment (both time and money), secretly or not? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Mar 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Tell me how you found your career.

I'm a really bad student, but I want to do something I love and get paid decently for it. Tell me what to do. [more inside]
posted by madsy on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

What do I really want from myself, anyway?

I'm trying to figure out what direction I should guide my future in. Problem is, when I take most personality (*cough* Myers-Briggs *cough*) or skill tests, I can never overcome the bias of what I "should" want, or what my field (the sciences) have conditioned me to. What can I do that can help me figure myself out that isn't sensitive to bias and will basically catch me "off guard" so I can figure out my strengths/weaknesses/potential truthfully? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Mar 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Transitioning into early childhood education - where do I start?

I want to be an early childhood educator. Difficulty: I'm losing my job in my current field and need to make a next step quickly. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Mar 8, 2013 - 9 answers

How should a partial PhD be presented on resume when looking for a job?

I’m looking for opinions on how to best represent coursework and research taken toward a PhD on my resume. [more inside]
posted by Lord Force Crater on Jan 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Yet another financial advice question

I need some advice about career plans, graduate studies and whether to rent or to own. Mostly in the financial context but also, of the bigger picture view -- am I being overly optimistic, am I too focused on career? [more inside]
posted by table on Dec 31, 2012 - 9 answers

Is it too late to start over?

at 31, is it too late to start over? [more inside]
posted by MD_yeahright on Dec 10, 2012 - 56 answers

Where can I find a university/life adviser?

Is there some sort of 'career/life counselor' out there that can help me navigate college/university programs and requirements after dropping out last year? [more inside]
posted by Huck on Nov 16, 2012 - 11 answers

Is a nearly free masters degree worth it?

Can get a bioinformatics masters degree for nearly free - should I do it? [more inside]
posted by sunshine37 on Aug 15, 2012 - 17 answers

How much does a university reputation mean on the job hunt?

Does a Bachelor degree from an online university hurt my prospects on the job hunt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I explain a degree that took ten years to earn?

I am about to graduate college ten years after I started and would love some suggestions on how to approach this topic in a job interview? [more inside]
posted by sely on Jul 4, 2012 - 16 answers

From dork to designer

I've landed a temporary graphic design job. When it ends, I'd like to be an attractive candidate for other graphic design jobs. What should I focus on learning? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2012 - 5 answers

Invest in my education or in some other investment?

Windfall of $50k! Invest in myself and get a biz degree or save it all for a rainy day? [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Jun 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

CFA worth it for a role in Real Estate Investment?

CFA worth it for a role in Real Estate Investment? I was wondering if the CFA will be useful to me if I want to work in Real Estate Investment – starting probably with a Commercial Brokerage firm in their asset management department, which would involve buying and holding investment properties for their income as well as possible capital appreciation. Ultimately perhaps work for some kind of REIT. [more inside]
posted by web74 on May 12, 2012 - 6 answers

Do you think Art History is a good degree?

I am thinking about majoring in Art History, and would like to know from others that have obtained a bachelors in this area if it was worth it to them? [more inside]
posted by Lillian7 on Apr 19, 2012 - 42 answers

Help me get back into education

What are the options for going back to university once you already have a degree? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Apr 2, 2012 - 9 answers

I'd walk through the quad, and think "Oh my God...These kids are so much younger than me."

Tell me your stories about/examples of people that either started college later in life (after 21) or returned to college after dropping out, and went on to become famous or wildly successful (or both!) in academia or their chosen careers. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Feb 27, 2012 - 16 answers

I made the wrong career choice so now what do I do?

I enrolled in a veterinary technician program this past fall, and I've realized that I don't want a career in this particular field. The main reason I actually returned to school was not to pursue a career I want, but just to get away from my previous job, which I hated. If I choose to quit the program, how do I tell those supporting me, specifically financially, that I don't want to take this path anymore even though I appeared so sure of it before? Also, where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by DanielleT on Feb 25, 2012 - 16 answers

Go to school or stay employed?

Quit my job and go to school, or stay in the same spot and not really get anywhere? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by nurgle on Jan 10, 2012 - 25 answers

Struggling to finish college

After a year's break from college, I'm gearing up to go back into the fray. For a number of reasons, however, this is harder than it sounds. [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Jan 4, 2012 - 22 answers

Be my high school guidance counselor: what career should I choose?

What are some jobs that are task-oriented but will still make use of my creativity and university education? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Dec 29, 2011 - 3 answers

My friend is very troubled and I don't know how to help.

Can you give me any advice on how to help my very troubled friend? She seems to be very despairing but I can't convince her to see a therapist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2011 - 7 answers

I've been to school, now I'd like an education!

After years of mulling about, I've come to realize that I want to to go to university and gain a proper liberal arts education. For the first time in what feels like eons, I feel enthusiastic and motivated. Trouble is, my first attempt at doing so was three years ago and under much different and more trying circumstances. It seems that the consequences of my halfhearted younger self have severely damaged my future possibilities. What can this 21-year-old do to demonstrate his new-found ardor for all pursuits academic? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Oct 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me HiveMind...

How can I change myself? [more inside]
posted by dave78981 on Sep 25, 2011 - 13 answers

Professional Science Master's Degree?

I am looking for a way to advance my career in science without a doctoral degree and am wondering if the Professional Science Master's degree is a good option. [more inside]
posted by RedMapleWhiteOak on Sep 9, 2011 - 12 answers

Is SMMU a SCAM?

Is SMMU a SCAM? [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on Aug 30, 2011 - 15 answers

42 and something new?

With no background, how long will it take to build and manage an android app from scratch? [more inside]
posted by kanemano on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Already changing my career!?

Interested in changing my career PT, Lawyer, Teacher? ..but what should I know before. [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Jun 28, 2011 - 19 answers

Stuck at the fork in my career road, need directions. Please.

December (graduation) is coming soon, and I'm terrified. I have two things I want to do, and I can't decide which way to go, or where I'm even qualified to go. Um, help? [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jun 14, 2011 - 5 answers

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